December 24th- Turn It On… by T.M. Productions

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From T.M. Productions:

I found a new vidding program I wanted to play with, so I pulled out an old vid I made back in the day and gave it a refreshed look.  It still took me forever and a day to make. I can usually pull out a vid within three days, but I was going through a learning curve with the new program.

Back when I first worked with this music, I had no idea what this song was about, but decided it was vaguely my point of view, since it seemed to be about a TV show.  After researching the lyrics this time around, I learned that it was exactly what the song was about.
This is what I found:
Turn It On Again begins, “All I need is a TV show,” and then talks about the familiar characters on television that give the singer comfort. Rutherford might find the lyrics simple, but they explore an interesting theme: how we can work up imaginary relationships with the folks with see on TV while putting aside our real friends and family.
Whoa!  Starsky & Hutch was my escape from real life. So this song really was about what I wanted it to be about. 
I used early scenes from season one and a few from season two, since that’s when I was so pulled into the show.  The memories! The music is so upbeat and happy, and I also like to play with all the music accents in this piece.  I grouped together network contract players (Three’s Company, WKRP in Cincinnati) by show. 
The last Hollywood Show in which Paul appeared, they had a Q&A panel with Paul, and Starsky & Hutch guest stars, Tracy Brooks Swope and Dee Wallace. Paul and the guest stars explained how family oriented the set was, and how networks hired actors who were assured work.  That’s why there were so many repeated guest stars from show to show on a given network.  They also explained how current shows no longer work like this—how cold it is—it’s all about quick takes and getting out of town. It’s about money, and little artistic license by the actors.  For a nostalgia buff like me, I really liked how they looked back so fondly.  (I swear, it was one of the best Q&A’s I’ve attended, although sadly, David was not there.  We viewed The Fix and it was discussed.)
Anyway, where was I?  
To conclude, this was a tricky little vid because the song has an unusual time signature.  Something like 13/8 or alternating between 6/4 and 7/4.  If you’ve ever played an instrument, you’ll understand!  But the theme is easy to understand.  It’s about loving my show.  Enjoy!
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14 Responses to December 24th- Turn It On… by T.M. Productions

  1. Keri Ann Tomkins says:

    I played the vid before I read your note. Now I want to play it again and really focus on the lyrics. I loved the catchy beat and the clips you chose worked so well. Clever vid, thank you!

  2. Lisa A says:

    Great vid! This is fantastic! I guess I’ve never really listened to the words of this song and now it makes so much more sense. Thank you so much for this great gift!!

    • T.M. says:

      It’s a very different song! I just love the fun accents I can combine with their unique moves. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Nancy K Roots says:

    This was wonderful! The clips were well-choosen and fit the music.
    This will be a watch over and over and over vid!
    Thank you for this special gift, TM

  4. Paula H says:

    Wow! I am in awe of people who can make videos. This is fantastic.
    Thank you.

  5. Lou says:

    That was awesome! All them “Blue eyes” sigh ? makes my heart go pitter-patter!

  6. Garrideb says:

    Fantastic vid! Thank you for the notes on it, too — it definitely helped frame the vid for me, and that interview with Paul does sound really interesting.

    I loved all the gorgeous shots of our boys. Also that you included Dobey and Huggy. Also all the great motion shots, like the falling on “down on my luck again” and Starsky throwing/kicking things to the exclamation of “I… I…”. Lots of great motion timed to the beat!

    • T.M. says:

      Yep, that’s what it was about. Gorgeous boys, meaningful show, and kicking things! Thanks for your comments!

  7. Mortmere says:

    Oh, that’s wonderful! Excellent editing, and I’m thrilled how you’ve slightly tweaked the color of the footage so that our guys look even more spectacularly beautiful! Vibrant!

    • T.M. says:

      Ha! The new vidding program did have a (complicated) color grading system. The film quality of Starsky & Hutch differs from episode to episode. Heck, even from scene to scene (see “Silence”). I didn’t exactly know what I was doing, but I played and tried. So happy you noticed!

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