TV errors

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  1. DaveyR

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    Are you one of those people who spots all the continuity errors on TV? I'm not but my other half spots everything. I'm sure he was a Director or something in a past life. :rolleyes:

    A new drama called Downton Abbey started last week and we watched it before we went away on holiday. We stayed with pals the last two nights and they had recorded the 2nd part which we watched. Right in the opening scene was a house with a TV aerial and an electric cable joining the roof. In 1912? I think not.

    Do you spot all these things and what are the obvious ones you have found?
     
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    I drive most people crazy at movies. I too was probably a continuity girl (continuity girl, man) in a past life.
    n
    (Performing Arts) a girl or man whose job is to ensure continuity and consistency, esp in matters of dress, make-up, etc., in successive shots of a film, esp when these shots are filmed on different days

    One of my best catches were the sails used on a Hobie Cat for a scene in a movie that was supposed to be set in the 60's and the actual sails were not available until the mid 70's! I could go on and on. Most people hate to watch movies with me at home. If it's not the continuity I usually have something snarky to say about something else.
    Last night I was watching something and was muttering out loud... What was that costume person thinking?
     
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    Only military movies. they do so many stupid things... Making a major or a col. a jeep driver for a general, sluting indoors(not reporting), not wering hat outdoors, calling noncommissioned officers, 'sir'... the list goes on. They are almost always really stupid things that just asking any private would have prevented.
     
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    One of my favorite movie continuity mistakes was a scene in Bonfire Of The Vanities; in one scene Melanie Griffith walked out of the scene with little boobettes (she apparently had breast implants over the weekend) and walked back in the scene with Boobs!
     
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    I only notice the blindingly obvious - like I was watching a kids' movie the other day set in New York, present day - the start of the film was events of 10 years ago (i.e. 2000) but a pan of the New York skyline showed no trace of the Twin Towers.

    But it has to be that obvious for me to notice. That and the reflection of the sound guy / cameraman in the actor's shades, I always notice those for some reason.
     
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    One of the most recent errors on television is on Hawaii 5-0. Although only someone from Hawaii would likely catch this one. The Grace Park character is named Kono Kalakaua. This family name does not exist anymore; it's from King David Kalakaua who had no heirs and the name died with him.
     
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    The BBC is currently showing a series of clip shows of glaringly-obvious continuity errors in "Great TV Mistakes" - BBC - BBC Three Programmes - Great TV Mistakes

    For the Brits (and those who know how to exploit our national TV broadcaster by using a proxy) there are iPlayer links on the above page to watch the most recent episode.

    Robert Webb does a good job as the presenter on this, too.
     
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    This is one of my most favorite past times while watching the telly. My boy & most of our friends usually breathe a heavy sigh when I pause, then rewind the DRV to show what I notice. Funny thing though is my boy is now starting to notice them & gets a BIG kick out of noticing one that I miss. Just last night we were watching an episode of 90210 that was from two weeks ago & I noticed one; Silver was at Mr. Cannon's apartment & he served her tea. In the scene where he hands her the tea cup, you can plainly see that there is no tea in the cup whatsoever.
     
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    ^TopDude, I'm glad there are others like me! :biggrin1: My other half recently said to me.."I'll give you $100.00 if you shut the fuck up until this program is over!" I did not need the cash so I kept talking....
     
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    :biggrin1: Too funny! Another thing that gets me, I'm sure you'll understand why, is when I am watching a show that has a host talking & all of the sudden the dialog is a bit lower/higher or slower/faster pitch because they edited the dialog after wards. They would do this often with Vern Yip on HGTV's Design Star. Oh that bugs me! :tongue:
     
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    One of my favorite things is screaming "My eyes, My eyes are you trying to blind me?"
    When they blur the backgrounds for the less than fresh actors for their close up shots! Watch the background with Sally Field for Boniva, Julia Roberts for Lancome, and the all time winner in this is... Megan Mullally for the fake butter commercial.
     
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    That is so true!
     
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    Have you guys ever watched Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (MST3K)? I think you'd like it!
     
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    Someone once told me that they think that show was based on my brother and I watching television as teenagers. I think they were right!
     
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    Universal Studios tells about a scene in Columbo. He's in a close up smoking a cigar and turns around. the crew broke for lunch and Columbo continued smoking the cigar. after lunch they picked up where they left off. Columbo turned around and his cigar was quite a bit shorter. nobody caught it.

    during the filming of Deliverance they had to reshoot a scene on the river because an off-duty driver was fishing in the background.
     
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