Smash: Checking in with Episode 2

So far, the part I enjoy the most about this show is the behind the scenes interaction between the writers, director & producer. (l to r: Jack Davenport, Angelica Huston, Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Jaime Cepero)

I’m a firm believer that you really can’t judge a new series on its pilot alone.  It takes at least 4 weeks for a show to tell you what it is.  With that in mind, I tuned into last night’s episode of Smash with an open mind, looking to see it calm its frenetic pacing and start defining both its direction and its characters.  There was some of that going on – I feel like the pacing slowed a bit and didn’t seem to be as concerned with telling all stories at all times – but I’m still not convinced that Smash will live up to its concept though.  And here’s why: Continue reading

Music Video Appreciation: Snow Patrol “Called Out In The Dark”

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a new music video that I liked.  This morning I saw Snow Patrol’s video for “Called Out In The Dark” which is just charming and fun and I really loved it.  I think part of why I liked it so much has to do with my experience working in commercial production.  I’m a big fan of behind the scenes stuff which is the focus of this video.  I love the part where lead singer Gary Lightbody flies across the green screen and his torso disappears thanks to his green t-shirt.  I also think Jack Davenport (from the upcoming Smash) is kind of fantastic and just generally like the concept.  Plus, DANCING!