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Old July 27th, 2004, 11:19 AM   #1
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I just finished watching the first season of 24 on DVD. I think it was exceptionally well done. A few things like liked about it:

1. An urgency from the hand-held camera look, without the motion sickness.

2. A great effective use of depth of field - the focus pullers definitely worked overtime.

3. Nice dialog framing which almost always included both subjects, one in the far foreground... it gives a strong sense of connection.

4. Great overall DP work.

5. Strong acting.

6. A compelling plot that wasn't believable in any literal sense, but which strongly encouraged a suspension of disbelief.

7. A good basic premise.

What I didn't like was the dearth of special features on the DVDs. I'm wondering if anyone has any good articles or resources for information about the making of. I would be very interested in hearing a bit about their process.

Anyone else have opinions to share on the show?

I did a search for prior conversations here, but with all the hits on 24p talk it's hard to find anything about this show.
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Old July 27th, 2004, 11:28 AM   #2
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I like it for the writing. Basically, almost anything goes in the show and you can tell the writers are flying on the seat of their pants trying to keep up and keep things consistent. They don't always succeed and there are always a few groaners in the season but they are having fun so you can have fun too.
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Old August 2nd, 2004, 03:13 PM   #3
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I thought season 3 was even better although you can probably
not believe that if you've just seen season 1. The show was
something completely different and blew a lot of people away
for that reason. I like it that it is realistic in that "good" and
sometimes innocent people die as well (wait for season 3, hehe).

There has been written a LOT on the web about 24 and whatnot.
The only "problem" is that it has been written a long time ago
(since season 1 was made a while ago) and it is hard to find
due to their brilliant (heh) naming of the series.

You probably will have more luck in google with queries like:

+24 +tv +making


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