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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:36 PM
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I heard a man say today you can tell if a TV show is a soap, even if the sound is down.

I think you can too. Leaving aside the time of day they're on, what is it that's different?

I think for one thing, more female characters than many TV dramas/sitcoms have.

This man said it was lighting. :shrug:

Any others?
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:36 PM
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1. It's something about the way it looks.
I think maybe it's shot on digital instead of film? Like porn. Er, ALLEGEDLY.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:41 PM
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3. soft focus
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B3Nut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:39 PM
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2. Soaps have always had peculiar lighting styles
harsher than normal, the scenes have a "hard" quality. I've noticed that for years, even back when you had to get up and turn a knob to change the channel and adjust the rabbit ears.

(nowadays I just have to get up to adjust the rabbit ears, we don't have cable. ;) )
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:47 PM
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4. I use rabbit ears too. I'll use them until you pry them from my cold dead fingers....

No, I guess in Feb. I'll have to decide to fish or cut bait.
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democracyindanger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:49 PM
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5. Cheap sets.
Sure, they're probably the same quality as sitcom sets, but because the shots are generally tighter in a soap you can really see the pasteboardy-ness of the walls.
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RadiationTherapy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:50 PM
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6. The physical acting makes it so obvious. nt
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:53 PM
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7. I think it's the use of (cheap) video instead of (expensive) film
...at least that was the case in covered wagon days.
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