this is the first time that I will be watching most of these episodes since they were posted. that’s weird. i have that relationship with things i make. do you? this one feels like i was searching for format. the “supreme court calendar” was set up to be a recurring joke on how boring that segment would be… but ultimately i became fascinated with the things I was going to make fun of. Incidentally the .xxx top level domain debate is still raging although the arguments for and against have swapped sides.
This is all before I had made a commitment to what is now the ubiquitous video blog jump cut, but in this episode I’m trying to play around with moving into the camera physically at transition points with a sharp cut. there’s something nice about having a physical action to hit at the beginning of a take – takes the pressure off of the words and brings energy into the frame right away. over time the cut became more important to me, and the style became less natural, more surgical (not a bad thing – but worth noting).
I found myself getting lost watching this episode – it’s an experience that was described to me many times by viewers, but i’m not sure I’ve ever watched with enough distance from the content to feel it. Funny to me that I assumed that there would be contextual carry over on the Tal Afar reference from the last episode to land that point.
this is the first episode that the tagline “thinking so you don’t have to” appears – sort of an inversion of the Murrow sign off. At one point I got an angry email from a viewer saying that
it was a very pretentious thing to say. hee