The New Guiding Light
Posted by Nick S. on March 2, 2008
I’m not quite sure what to make of the new Guiding Light (if you haven’t seen it, check it out here). I had imagined that the use of four walled sets and having permanent exteriors might have resulted in style akin to British soaps (more on that later). Instead, I’m not quite sure where we’ve ended up…I’ll hit the positives first – the look of the show is far more realistic than it has been. If anything, it’s going to make me aware of the standard studio setup of ATWT even more. It’s also clear editing has been considerably tightened up, and scenes are obviously shot multiple times with multiple takes for angles.
On the other hand, I can’t help but be disappointed with the style of shooting P&G have decided to go for. It’s been shot in a documentary style à la The Office - I’m not sold on this idea for a soap yet. However, I’m not a regular watcher or fan of Guiding Light, so I thought I’d take a look at what some of the message boards have been saying. Here are a few that interested me:
“one of the things I love about soaps is that everyone is so glamorous and beautiful. These cameras are making them look horrible. Do you remember when they filmed the actress that plays Doris with the cam and her wrinkles were so close to the camera? I would have been p1ssed! Even if she is happy with her wrinkles and embraces getting old nobody wants a close up of them on t.v. for everyone to see. I pray that alot of people complain so they will change it”
I’m particularly interested by this, because I hadn’t considered it at all. This writer isn’t alone either – quite a few complaints about the new style were specifically about the actors looking older on camera than before.
GO BACK ON STRIKE AND STAY THERE..THE REASON YOU DONT GET PAID????……………………….
This was from the official CBS message board. I put this in just to illustrate the general hatred being expressed out there (although one could also point out that the writers aren’t actually responsible for shooting setups…). It gets pretty brutal…but on the other hand, you also get these:
” I was completely shocked to find that I actually enjoyed the changes quite a bit. It felt so natural, and real. There are glitches that need to be worked out, with angles, lighting, and too many close-ups, but over all, I really think it’s pretty cutting edge. It’s like nothing else out there, and being such a huge fan, I am definitely willing to give it a try.”
I’m pretty sure As The World Turns will be going the way of Guiding Light soon enough. For a start, it doesn’t make economic sense for P&G to be running two different studio setups for very similar shows. We’ve already seen As The World Turns moving to outdoor and location shooting, as Guiding Light has done before their big move. Only time can tell, but I’d urge anyone vaguely interested in soaps to take a look at Friday’s Guiding Light.