Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Kleig Lights and Jane Fonda

We remember the "good old days" of TV and movies when the scenes were light enough to see the action and the actors spoke loud enough to be heard.

Nowadays, the night time scenes are too dark to see even though the film, or whatever medium is used, has images. We could not understand this change in production until - we heard Jane Fonda on Letterman's show.

He asked her what differences she has noticed during the course of her long career in show business. She said she remembered the waiting, the interminable waiting, until the huge klieg lights were set up and nowadays, a scene is shot with a single small LED light. That explains it.

Even though the digital media can pick up images in the dark, we, the viewing public, cannot see them. She did not mention audio, but we suppose that similar improvements in audio pick up must exist with the same disastrous results. We cannot hear the dialogue recorded in this audio dark, no matter how loud the volume.

We enjoy watching and listening to the old TV shows like the original Hawaii Five-0, It Takes a Thief, and Columbo. We can see and hear everything and the well crafted story lines do not require go-go dancing, car chases, or semi-naked men.

We have a familial association with Jane Fonda. Cousin Christopher Davis's book "The Lost Summer" was scripted for the theater by Daniel Taradash (he did From Here to Eternity) and Jane Fonda played the lead when the show opened in Philadelphia in 1950 with the title "there Was a Little Girl." Rave reviews greeted the Philadelphia shows but it closed in New York after two weeks.

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