Thread: Does this actally apply to 50's, 60's and 70's shows?

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    • 4 years 18 days ago
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    Does this actally apply to 50's, 60's and 70's shows?

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    I had a debate with a family member
    that said that there was trend to over dramatize dramatic moments, use sepenseful music
    with horns or a "DUM DUM DUM" in tv shows of 50's, 60's and 70's where now a days,
    they have clever dialogue, silence or just skip over it like it's nothing.

    Now I know Horns and Dum Dum Dum, happened, what I am asking, was it a trend that tv
    was required to follow, like a some sort of silence sensorship, to have an effect
    that these actions were to be treated like a small town, everybody knows what you did
    now go sit in the middle of town with a dunce cap until we tell you to move

    Hope that makes sense



    Can u picture that - Th
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      • 4 years 18 days ago
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      It was a movie and TV show cliche that was popular up to the early 80s. Some others were long drawn out intro's, freezing the film at the end of a scene, long car scenes (like a 30 second scene of a car pulling into a parking lot) name a few. I don't think it was a requirement, but just what they thought was the right thing to do. Probably just one director/writer/producer copying another. Kinda like the montages in the 80s to show progression or the use of synthesized music (late 70s/early 80s). At the time it seemed like the right thing for the producers to do, but looking back it was kinda corny.
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        • 4 years 16 days ago
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        Some people used to call this a production cliché and back in the day I thought of it as a sort of entertainment ID since some producers/directors used the same technique across all the shows they helped make.

        Kinda like the way Warner Bros. cartoons had their own sound effects that they never shared with other producers, like Hanna Barbera.

        It was a trend that was really stupid.

        My best example is Gene Roddenberry who was actually asked to rewrite scenes for the original "Star Trek" so that dramatic music could be added in post-production so the audience would know that "this is serious" or "this is scary".

        Gene used to get in fights with the NBC brass since he thought that guiding an audience on how to react to various scenes in a show was condescending.
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          • 4 years 15 days ago
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          I saw that Roseanne episode the other day, the one about Tax Season where they made fun of this cliche lol
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            • 4 years 14 days ago
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            Yeah, stop the action and strike a pose, (insert dramatic music here), LOL!
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