Last night, we were able to wrap up our journey by watching the conclusions of some of the telenovelas that we learned about throughout the semester. My personal favorite was the final episode sequence shot from La Vida Entera. It was so effortless and fluid, and my classmates and I were sure that multiple takes had been necessary to complete the shot. We were shocked when Dr. A told us that there was only one true run-through, which was the final product we saw on-screen. I beleive she said that because the director's wife had to be at the theater, they did not have time for multiple run-throughs, so he simply said that it could be done in one take because "We are all professionals."
It was amazing to think about, because that phrase means a lot. The fact that he was able to place that kind of confidence in his team is astounding. This includes everyone from the production team to the actors–all of these people must be able to do their part to produce the final scene ever for La Vida Entera. It says a lot about the skill his team possessed, and the confidence they had in each other and in themselves.
I think that moment was a good representation of the course for me. We have learned so much about the work, training and preparation that goes into telenovelas. We spoke to writers who spend hours on end, even a full day, producing the content that will be heard on our screens. We have learned about the minute details such as the color of a character's nails and the music that accompanies certain scenes. I saw all of that come together in watching that scene and learning that it was done in one take. One take that was a culmination of the expertise of each professional involved.
The most important aspect of this revelation is the fact that I would not have appreciated that final episode nearly as much had I not been given such a comprehensive background on the industry this semester. I value the knowledge I have gained because it has allowed me to appreciate something that I did not understand before. I definitely plan to keep watching telenovelas and working on my Spanish in order to continue delving into this culture, as I thoroughly enjoyed this course.