Monday, November 04, 2013
Is it time to leave "cinematic" behind?
Ben Sachs of Chicago Reader offers an alternative: maybe television shouldn't strive to be "cinematic." Though admittedly not a big fan of television, Sachs finds shows like Breaking Bad closer to a novel than a film. Television shows, he says, offer a more cerebral, slow-burn format that is friendlier to consumption on tablets and phones. Sachs argues that without the need for home-theater-ready image and sound mixing, television shows can develop their own feel independent of traditionally "cinematic" style.
It's not difficult to imagine that the explosion of quality television will eventually result in creative types abandoning the pursuit of a "cinematic" ideal in search of something new. As digital media opens new platforms of creative expression, it will be harder to uphold any stylistic mode as the best.