Now, here's something I need to have a good rant about. Cinematography.
Backstory goes as follows: when I was in Portugal, the TV pickings were pretty poor. It was either nonsensical Portuguese TV, CNN, German TV, or The One Show. CNN was boring as hell (sorry America), German TV was entertaining up to a point (the point being, roughly, 30 minutes in when you realise you've watched 30 minutes and didn't understand a word), and The One Show is by its very definition shit.
|A german kids' TV show where some Deutche girl had to guess what Star Wars minfig she had in her mouth. LOL?|
Cinematography = the camera angles and lighting used in TV programmes/films. The lighting was OK in this certain drama, a bit dark and musky but OK nonetheless. So I can tick that off. But the camera angles? Awful!
Here's the main problem:
Numero uno is the placement of subjects in the frame. My Portuguese abode had an old TV, one with an old screen size. Most normal screens in the UK (PAL format) are in 16:9 scale, which is nice and wide, but this TV had a shorter scale. Somewhere in between 16:9 and 4:3 (roughly square; what you Americans mostly use).
OK, so I'm rambling on a bit. Basically, the screen was a bit smaller. And the cinematographer of said show had decided to place the people in the frame (area you see on-screen) right at the edges.
|I don't know what this is.|
So wahoo. Good choice guys. I love watching TV programmes and not knowing who's talking because they're off-frame. Adds a whole new layer of annoyance. Clap. Clap. Clap.
Luckily, since I'm not stuck with the disappointing platter of channels I was handed through a not-quite-16:9 TV in Portugal, I can avoid that programme. And, if all goes well, I can never watch The One Show again.
ps. Bye until Saturday!