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Old 01-14-2006, 06:54 PM   #1
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I have been watching DooL a lot lately and GH sometimes, but I was led to wondering something.

Are soaps filmed daily, or will they give the cast several days worth of script to film, since many times on shows, they'll stay in the same day for a week or two worth of episodes. Would each day, they just film the scenes for the days episode, or go ahead and film each vignette for the entire week, give or take?
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Old 01-14-2006, 07:37 PM   #2
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I think they tape daily. Not entirely sure. I know they have ALOT of dialogue to memorize in a short period of time(sometimes 100+ pages in a day)
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They tape in on different days, not necessarily in a row.
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this won't answer your questions but it's neat.
the NBC tour was great.
we got to the soap part. the guide told us all kinds of nifty things. like showing us a huge place that held every single prop ever on the show. said each room was photographed in many directions and each prop met the camera shots. each prop was numbered and catalogued so that everytime a set was put in place, each prop would be easily accessed and found to be put in it's place.
they have a taylor on board to make all the clothes, which are stored.
the sets are replaced on the same stages. while outside the NBC studio, you could tell it was set up to be the place in rome at the time (back in '97 i think when bo was looking to find the drugged out billy). that same set was redecorated so we would not recognize it as salem place in it's regular guise.
i did see the girl that played jennifer then, she walked by our group and said hello to us. and i saw peter reckell as i peered into the studio.
that was the best part of the tour for me.
but the episodes are filmed about 3 weeks ahead of the tv broadcast.
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It should be noted that soaps are, and always have been, taped, not filmed. Not many shows are taped anymore, which is why soaps look so different. Back in the 70s, most of Norman Lear's shows were done up like the daytime soaps, so they all had the same look to them.
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i realize that to people in the technology know, the difference to 'taped' and 'filmed' is a difference. but to the majority of us, the use of either word is not incorrect because we do not know the difference.
i don't think that you are trying to correct me here but i am not sure. but either way, can you explain the difference to where it actually makes some sense? i've heard it before and i see no understanding in what i was told.
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i realize that to people in the technology know, the difference to 'taped' and 'filmed' is a difference. but to the majority of us, the use of either word is not incorrect because we do not know the difference.
i don't think that you are trying to correct me here but i am not sure. but either way, can you explain the difference to where it actually makes some sense? i've heard it before and i see no understanding in what i was told.
It's simple. Filmed shows are shot on film. Taped shows are shot on tape.
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you know, that's a smart ass response to a legitimate question. i can see now that you are just being as ass to correct me.
why not take your sorry attitude off your shoulders and be decent when people ask a question or make a statement. otherwise, if you can't do that you should keep your mouth shut. people come here for entertainment, not be treated like a 2 year old.
like i said, to those that don't now the difference, they don't know any better. if you're so smart, you could treat people well and share what you know to educate people.
is that too human for you?
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ok, taped, filmed... whatever. That's not the question (and therefore the answer wasn't given). How are they shot? (okay, that's a nice term that goes for either film or video)

For example, the on-going DooL storyline set in the hospital after Zach's murder with Bo, Hope and Chelsea has been playing out over the past three or so weeks. Usually about 7-10 minutes of new episode footage a day (minus commercials and considering there's usually 3 or 4 other stories to share screentime with). Do they just go and tape those day by day or will they give the actors a weeks worth of what's coming up and then go ahead and knock several days of that storyline out in one day of taping and then edit everything around when it comes time to air?
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you know, that's a smart ass response to a legitimate question. i can see now that you are just being as ass to correct me.
why not take your sorry attitude off your shoulders and be decent when people ask a question or make a statement. otherwise, if you can't do that you should keep your mouth shut. people come here for entertainment, not be treated like a 2 year old.
like i said, to those that don't now the difference, they don't know any better. if you're so smart, you could treat people well and share what you know to educate people.
is that too human for you?
And you could tell my tone and attitude from what? The size and font of my words? I was trying to be informative and if you choose to believe otherwise, you shouldn't.
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ok, taped, filmed... whatever. That's not the question (and therefore the answer wasn't given). How are they shot? (okay, that's a nice term that goes for either film or video)

For example, the on-going DooL storyline set in the hospital after Zach's murder with Bo, Hope and Chelsea has been playing out over the past three or so weeks. Usually about 7-10 minutes of new episode footage a day (minus commercials and considering there's usually 3 or 4 other stories to share screentime with). Do they just go and tape those day by day or will they give the actors a weeks worth of what's coming up and then go ahead and knock several days of that storyline out in one day of taping and then edit everything around when it comes time to air?
I've always thought that they tape all of the scenes on a particular set at once and then the editing staff puts the episodes in sequence.
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my apologies then JT, if you were trying to be informative. the words you chose just sounded like i said.
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I've always thought that they tape all of the scenes on a particular set at once and then the editing staff puts the episodes in sequence.
yea, that does make sense... I was wondering why because one day, Kyle Brandt has one look and then the next time you see him, he's got a different haircut and more/less facial hair, and it made me wondering if they ended up taping a lot of it at once. Just look at how Bryan Dattillo's hair seemed to grow two inches almost overnight and suddenly his goatee was back.

I do kinda hate myself for not giving Days a chance when Jensen Ackles was there
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I know they tape about 3-4 weeks in advance too, so that's why one minute to the next their hair can look different and whatnot

I remember watching Days when Jensen was on their, he's a great actor
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That must be hell for the actors on Passions considering that one set scene can last for weeks.
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