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This is absolutely fascinating--and makes me want to rewatch all of SPN while taking notes.
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    This is both hilarious and kind of fascinating. I'd never thought of it this way before.

Yay! I'm so glad you like Every Frame a Painting. My personal favorite is the little celebration of Roger Deakins in "Shot/Reverse Shot."

Edit: I actually just rewatched this one (they're so good!), and I was thinking particularly of the point made about how lingering in a shot and building it appropriately can force the audience to really believe an emotional beat. Pacing is the #1 reason a lot of movies/shows feel badly done to me. SPN does a pretty good job of it, I think. It usually doesn't fall into the usual pitfalls of a genre show on a cable network: cutting too quickly to move along with the plot, to the detriment of the characters. Maybe that's because the show is *actually* about Sam and Dean?

Edited at 2016-07-19 05:58 pm (UTC)
My college roommate and I sat down and watched almost the entire series in one go, partway through our rewatch of the Cornello trilogy. It was pretty epic.

I think. It usually doesn't fall into the usual pitfalls of a genre show on a cable network: cutting too quickly to move along with the plot, to the detriment of the characters. Maybe that's because the show is *actually* about Sam and Dean?

So the plot is propelled by them, rather than vice versa? There's probably a bit of truth there. Also helps, I'm sure, that one of the executive producers started in the business as an editor--I'm guessing that angle of the production gets a fair bit of attention. Another factor might be that the initial concept was "a new horror movie every week", which would encourage a more cinematographic style.

Watching some of the director-focused EFaP episodes, I was struck by just how insane television production is--you have these movie directors that will take days and days to get a single scene just right, and then you have these TV nutjobs that bang out the equivalent of nearly half a movie every single week. Looked at from that perspective, a show of SPN's consistently high quality is nigh miraculous.