Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Hard News: On the Box,

    Although I have to say I never cared for Chris Petit's stuff in Time Out much. I bet there's more people on the end credits of some of James Cameron's movies than turned up to form the audience for most of Petit's glum films.

    Well, better glum than dumb, I say!

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  • Hard News: On the Box,

    In response to the Cameron approach to film-making (even bigger is even better), I can only quote British film critic/film-maker Chris Petit, Most American films come now in one size only: XXL. Dragged down by their own size, they're monster productions, buried under the weight of cast and crew, whose end credits last longer than a short story
    (Film Comment, May/June 2009)

    Anyway, for some more thoughts on the From Broadcast to Broadcast--Is That It? conference in Christchurch last Saturtday:

    Shaun Brown (MD, SBS) had the most interesting things to say--as in "Nobody knows what is happening in broadcasting [television, particular], or what is going to happen. I am very suspicious of those who have the answers. There is a failure of new funding models to replace existing ones and govt-funded PB may be the only model to survive the storm.' He suggested that the current structures of commercial TV in Australia won't survive, as will Aussie TV quotas--which will be have to be 'modified or abandoned', giving problems in filling them or justifying such regulation. One suggestion he made was that one outcome of the siphoning of traditional sources of income to other sectors (such as online) might require an obligation or levy on the latter, to fund imperatives of national interest etc, for 'the market has consistently failed to provide all the needs of its citizens'.
    An interesting proposition but you could see fellow panelists like Mediaworks Brent Impey clenching their buttocks. Nevertheless, a similiar model of cross-subsidisation works in other broadcasting environments eg in Finland, commercial TV operators such as MT3 used to cross-subsidise the PB network YLE (and still do, as far as I know).

    I can post more later..

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  • Seen Anything Good? Tales from the film…,

    I didn't much like Humpday, Robyn. Even though I like my humour to be adventurous and challenging, I found it much too tedious and self-regarding. I too was surrounded by people laughing like a drain but I concluded (rather snottily) that they were the kind of folk who would regard a Roger Hall play as great drama.

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  • Hard News: On the Box,

    The most interesting presentation was by Shaun Brown (SBS, ex-TVNZ). I could share some of his comments, if people are interested.

    Sure enough. I will do that tomorrow. Tonight I have to read my way through the final draft of my student's 50,000 word masters thesis.

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  • Hard News: On the Box,

    On TiVo and the relentless search for new business models for media...

    I went to the "From Broadcast to Broadband--Is That It?" one day conference in Christchurch on Saturday (marking the 25th anniversary of the NZ Broadcasting School). One (online) presentation was a gee-whizz thing on Zillion TV, which is proposing that it will get income by getting people to click on embedded ads--earning 'loyalty' points' for the more ads they click on. The trade-off would be downloadable movies, TV programmes etc.

    The was a wave of sniggers around the room when this was proposed.

    The most interesting presentation was by Shaun Brown (SBS, ex-TVNZ). I could share some of his comments, if people are interested.

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  • Hard News: The Short and Long of It,

    But let's make it worthwhile: does anyone else need a name-change? It's probably best to do it in a batch

    Quite happy with my name but I wouldn't mind a few years knocked off my age!

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  • Hard News: The Short and Long of It,

    Just to add: these are graduate students.

    My attitude to Twitter: I tried it for a couple of months but gave it away when it seemed too much like small talk. I can't do small talk and much prefer the medium-size or big talk that happens here.

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  • Hard News: The Short and Long of It,

    I am teaching a online course this semester ("Teaching NCEA Media Studies") and I was pleasantly surprised, when I polled the 8 students (scattered around the country) about their media use, that all of them regularly read newspapers and magazines, went to the movies, watched TV, and used email. On the other hand, none of them used Twitter. A small group, I know, but they do fall into that demograph (18-24 years) who are not supposed to be using media in this way.

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  • Seen Anything Good? Tales from the film…,

    After a very intense funeral for Rosie Jackson in Wellington yesterday (the sort of ceremony I would would want--friends talking of love and friendship, and no religious banalities) , I slipped away to see Yes, Sir, Madam. It was a surprise because I knew nothing about the focus of the film --the first woman police commissioner in India--which could have been dull but was carried by the force of the central character, and the stupidity of those who opposed her throughout her career. A bonus was having the director do a Q&A after the film.

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  • Hard News: A New Hope,

    Good thoughts here, Russell. They resonate with the paper I have written for The Future of Journalism conference in Cardiff later this year.

    All ok to take a bunch of my students into the bowels of TVNZ on Aug 5, for a Media 7 record?

    Flying to Wellington tomorrow for the funeral for Rosie Jackson, which will be rather sad, A week or more on, it still is hard to take.

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