Friday, October 14, 2016

No music

  Throughout the last couple of weeks, I still cannot get over the raw acting of the actors and actresses throughout the production.  I feel like some American backstage  productions are a lot more of business.
    One big point I cannot get over is still the music not playing even for the actors just to get into a mood for a love scene. As we have watched multiple shows, I'm shocked at the intense moments the actors can bring throughout the production. I think this shows how amazing the actors are. The love they bring to the screen is hard to duplicate for any human. I feel like people who love each other cannot even bring the passion to the screen without the music or without the intensity. Also, it seems incredibly awkward for the couple to listen and stop and redo the scene as the actors are called by the director.
    Another side of production, the fact of the smoking is something I'm not sure I could deal with if I were an actress. I haven't been exposed to smoking as much as I would be if I were in a telenovela set. It would be a challenge physically to focus on being madly in love with someone and knocking out the smoke as well. Also, the mint factor was funny to hear about as well.
    Besides the music and love, the amount of time they have to produce the shows is crazy. I feel like they have to do through so many hard hours and days in a row. I don't think they would have time for anything other in their life besides work. I love the family culture of the Hispanic culture though. My favorite part of being on set would be the big meal lunch they have together. I feel like the way they spend all the time they do together helps the passion on the screen and makes the production process go on easier with the love they carry together as a group.
    The intensity of the production makes it understandable how people in the business love telenovelas so much and how the production staff works together to throw on a good show. I would love to see a study done on the friendship of the production staff to see if they correlate to how well the show is produced and the ratings of it.

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  1. I totally agree with what you said about the lack of music! The videos we saw in class made it really obvious that these men and women are trained professionals. Sometimes it's hard for me to believe that the emotions produced on screen are truly acting. It feels so real! The first question I want answered is how in the world they keep it from being awkward! And if they actually do feel the awkwardness, how they deal with it over and over again.

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    1. They are trained and have a connection. I loved how we could tell the love connections and you could feel the strength between each couple in the shows. For me the stronger the connection, the getting hooked on them grew stronger. I think it would be awkward to make out with someone with all those people around me plus no music.

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  2. Acting in telenovelas is uniquely raw and dramatic. I think that for this reason, it's difficult not to get drawn into the romance of the two leads. You quickly find yourself rooting for their relationship to succeed. I think that this level of drama and chemistry is felt between the actors and as we have often seen, they end up becoming romantically involved outside of the telenovela world. I also think that because telenovelas last for a very long time, close proximity adds to the probability of romantic involvement. I also think that it is interesting that in Latin America, telenovela actors are highly regarded and often go on to star in movies. In the US, soap opera stars are not as respected and don't have as much room for upward mobility.

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    1. I feel like that's exactly the point. You root for them to succeed and be happy. I think they have a stronger conviction and connection than a lot of American series. I don't see many couples also in the world outside of Hollywood.

      Telenovela actors are more a part of the home life for people. They are watching them more than soap operas and they are in theater and in movies as well.

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  3. Hola Mary. Creo que la sección sobre actuación y producción de telenovelas fue muy interesante. Una parte de la actuación que no me di cuenta es como fríos que son los estudios. ¡Odio el frío y no pueda trabajar en condiciones como esa! También estoy de acuerdo en que las escenas de amor debe ser muy incómodo. Sería difícil concentrarse mientras tantas personas estan observando en completo silencio.

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  4. I think it's so cool that Marisa Roman sort of answered your question when we Skyped with her. She said that building a love connection isn't as easy as actors and actresses make it look. She also said that projection helps a lot! I think that's a good point though- because they're actors and actresses, they're probably pretty good at using their imagination. That said, they just pretend that the person they're with is the person they really DO love, or at least the person they'd like to love. It makes me wonder how newer, younger actors and actresses- those who don't have a real-life experience to project into their acting- handle it.

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    1. I think they have to figure out as well being good at what they do! I think also even if they don't have a love connection most of them are attractive enough where is just a physical connection as well. Also, it's a part of their job, so they get what they need to done at the end of the day. If the telenovela is big, they aren't going to chose not as famous to play the rolls.

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