Archive for July, 2017

Films of the Future? 16 Episodes!

July 24, 2017

Part ONE

WARNING Musea Reader! There is a lot of this post that you just are going to have to trust me on, and you won’t know if I am correct for many years.

Right now there is a golden age of TV going on – and 99.9% of Americans are in the dark.

I was until I was changing channels and I came across a TV show that caught my eye. There was a Miss Go (played by Pyeon Jung-Su) who was a real rascal character and a sneaky social-climbing snob. I watched the rest of the show – it had English subtitles – trying to see and read at the same time, and I have to admit, I really got into the drama. The 30 minute show ended with a cliffhanger…. “What’s next? Don’t stop! What will Miss Go do next to get her way?” said I.

I noted the time of day and the channel (in Dallas it is MBC channel 55.2) and decided to watch the next episode. I did and I never stopped watching that program, “The Dearest Lady”, or the one that replaced it, or many others that followed this first introduction to this whole new world of filmmaking.

So where are the shows coming from?

If you had said to me when I was a man in his twenties, that I would be hooked on South Korean TV Dramas when I was in my 60’s, I would have smacked you and said, “Snap out of it!”. But I am.

There is good reason for it. The best of them are much better to me than most TV and films here, and even the average ones seem more entertaining.

Let me count some of the ways: more touching romantic stories, more shocking suspense, more intricate plots, better acting (the actors have to have a wide range to cover a days’ episode of emotional highs and lows), more main characters of all age groups, and great comedy that comes from situations not jokes.

There is also better writing, and better tech presentation, ( that includes cinematography, sound, and note the wonderful fashions of the rich!). Overall these South Korean dramas are very entertaining, extremely engaging, and in their best moments, they have heart and are very inspiring.

Part TWO

But today I want to talk about just one aspect of Korean TV Dramas. They do their TV differently. Instead of a single season that may or may not be renewed, they have a set number of episodes, and then the series is over. They know from the beginning how many episodes the series will have. Some have as few as 16 (those are the ones I want to talk about here) and others have as many as 50, or 100+. Usually the shows are one hour long, twice a week. That is 2 hours of TV each week, or one 2 hour film a week! Can you imagine that shooting schedule for the cast and crew?

That means that the show has to introduce all characters, go through all the incidents of each show, have a plot build throughout, and then bring it all to a conclusion in the final episodes.

For many months I could not figure out WHY all these shows were so entertaining, and WHY I could not wait to see the next episode.

Finally I reached a film awakening!!! Here it is.

Two hour films are not long enough. You can’t build enough character through only a few experiences. You can’t have more than a few characters. And you really don’t have enough time to develop a great plot either.

100 episodes, or many seasons of a TV show over many years is too much. The characters get frozen and stop developing. The episodes become episodic and predictable. There is no plot that can sustain itself that long, and the show wears out it’s welcome in later episodes.

But 16 episodes, or 8 two hour films, is JUST RIGHT! This may be the best format for film – the Goldilocks zone for filmmaking and a new direction for all films in this century!

Filmmakers may have to rethink the format. Which is better, 2 hour films, or 16 hour film – series.

Below are three, 16 episode, South Korean TV series that I have seen in full (actually I watched each episode at least twice, to get all the fun and plot and excitement). I believe they are some of the finest TV/film/drama/comedy/love stories, I have ever seen anywhere. (All three are on MBC which is just one of three main South Korean TV networks!)

Though some of the longer Korean TV series I’ve seen are equally as entertaining, and some of them are favorites too, (perhaps I’ll list some favorites in later articles); the 3 listed here, are just about as good as TV or Film gets. I can easily recommend them.

Scenes from all of them can be seen on Youtube, though none of those videos have English subtitles. Perhaps full episodes with subtitles, are available on some video service – they should be.

These three, 16 episode, TV, Dramas, are all alike in having great romance, drama, suspense, comedy, charm, and plot surprises. They all end each episode, in a cliffhanger so be prepared! Also by the end of the series, each is ultimately inspirational too. Each has heart, and a lot of it. Note too the quality of the actors and actresses – I think you will be as amazed as I was, and be saying to yourself, “My they have a lot of fine actors and actresses!”

1. Woman With a Suitcase. Case Manager, played by Choi Ji-Woo finally becomes a full lawyer after many ‘trials’. She also finds herself in a love triangle with two men that couldn’t be more opposite!

2. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Ju. An olympic hopeful female weightlifter and an olympic hopeful male swimmer just may be falling in love as they both train, and deal with their families, and teams. Fun Fact the actress playing the lead, Lee Sung-Kyung, is also a slim tall fashion model. She had to gain weight for the part.

3. Radiant Office. After trying 99 times to get a job, the young woman, Eun Ho-won, played by Ko Ah-Sung, later known as the ‘firecracker’, finally gets hired as a temp to a large established firm. But this is far from a radiant office, or is it. Lots of office politics, romance, and suspense.

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Fun fact, when the characters want to lift up the spirits of others, they often shout the english word, FIGHTING! with their right hand in a fist and raised high.

Tom Hendricks
editor of Musea
tomhendricks.us

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Texas Music Office – and Big List

July 21, 2017

Letter to Texas Music Office 7/21/2017

TMO, you cover Texas Music news. Cover the Big List, the first, best music of the entire internet, music list – devised by the Dallas zine Musea, publishing for 25 years . This is a one of kind first in music. This is not too progressive for you guys like my TeXas Video Showdown, so it is safe enough to talk about, and report on.
Remember you don’t have to approve the message, just allow the discussion, or report the news. This link tells much more about the Big LIst ( also see tomhendricks.us )
https://musea.wordpress.com/2008/12/10/100-plus-best-music-from-youtube-and-myspace/

Reading – don’t stop

July 19, 2017

So how ignorant do YOU look?

Follow me on this – when you graduate college, you look back on HS grads as not well read enough. OK but let’s say you leave college and never read again. What do you think people that keep reading from then on for 10-50 years think of you college grads?

The Literacy Site has a chart that says these facts:

33% of HS grads never read another book the rest of their lives. 42% of college grads never read another book after college.
70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore the last five years. 80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year.

See tomhendricks.us for everything Tom Hendricks.

But I Can Search Out the Music I like

July 19, 2017

For those of you who think all is well if YOU can search out the musician you like. Read this:

Many seem to settle for all the arts to be ruined because of business demands for profit. And they allow their favorite musicians, writers, artists, filmmakers to be marginalized out of fair reviews and careers.

For some reason, too many now think that if THEY can search out and find an elusive great talent, that is enough. It is not.

Virtually every talented musician, painter, writer, filmmaker, etc is making about what amounts to minimum wage. Great talent should be the most celebrated, not the most marginalized and cheated out of fair compensation for their honest talent.

The history of art has never been like this before. The best art has always been the most talked about, written about, and reviewed. The entire arts and media world is upside down.

Reader, don’t you dare say you support the arts when you allow so few to make all the money, with thousands and thousands of artists making about as much as minimum wage – on a good day!

That is why the art revolution to change it. Which side are you on?

Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 25 year old zine Musea)

MAIN Website
http://tomhendricks.us/

More Sayings of Editor Art

July 13, 2017

Here are more sayings of Musea’s Editor Art

Why do you think the world gets so excited about a new great book, record, or film; but no one cares about a new great painting? All are mass produced except the painting.

When you are cold, nothing else matters.

Too many think that art is a trendy marketing scheme.

Do you think your knife cuts water?

This generation supports progressive politicians; but won’t support progressive musicians, painters, writers, filmmakers that are trying to make the arts better; and instead accepts without question the most corporate art, controlled by the very few mega corporations.

Cotton Candy Talk (empty talk that sounds sweet.)

Trump is our environment president, he’s preserved the swamp.

Each great family has a torch bearer.

Power is like a rug under your feet on a waxed floor.

Too many business executives use their company as a shield to hide their profiteering. The company takes the blame and the business executive leaves with millions.

Go to bed hungry, wake up hungry.

Music can mean anything. Lyrics lock it in.


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