It could be argued that serialized television has become increasingly high-concept over the last few years, with shows such as “LOST“, “Fringe“, “The Walking Dead“, and newbies such as “Terra Nova” and “Falling Skies” (to name just a few), pushing the boundaries of what is possible on the small screen.
While all of these shows have had (and will have) varied success with meeting their high-concept portrayals of worlds and situations with visuals and effects, there’s growing signs that television is bridging the gap between the small screen and the big screen.
The pending transmedia monster that is “The Dark Tower” is another indication that television is now seen as a medium that can not only provide realistic character stories and meaningful arcs, that are not regularly possible in movies, but also visuals to match.
With all this in mind, do you now expect ‘movie-standard’ visuals to accompany your favorite serialized television shows? How important to you are realistic visuals in helping you to believe the world of a particular show?
Below we’ve included a poll for you to add your vote:
Further points for consideration:
- Would creating realistic worlds in shows like “LOST”, or the upcoming “Terra Nova”, have even been possible, say, 10 years ago?
- Do you think such shows would be as perceived as ‘high-concept’ without the visuals and filming techniques that are available today?
- Can you think of any ‘high-concept’ serialized television shows that don’t attempt to employ high-concept visuals?
Some of you may note the irony of the image I have included at the top of this post. I thought that scene with Ben (“LOST”) contained well executed visuals..and not so well executed visuals. I thought I’d include it nonetheless.
In truth, I feel that I’ve only scratched the surface here, but please feel free to use to comments to bring any of your own views or perspectives to the water cooler.