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  • MattArmando
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    Directing Team has been somewhat hard to determine in late years.

    Although Y&R hold the record in this category with a whopping 13 victories, GH has won here more times in the past decade than any other show. 

    There have been years where we’d think this was a complete no-brainer, like the 2009-2011 era at GH when they did all those artsy Francophrenia shoots, and we’d thought there was no other competition. Then B&B would swoop in and ultimately take it for their routine European excursions.

    We don’t know what the shows have submitted yet, but I personally have B&B up at first, as they went to Amsterdam last year, correct? I have GH winning Writing Team (head over there to see why), so I dont see them taking both of these categories. Y&R could easily win this as well. I dont see Days having much of a shot, though.

    Don’t forget; AOL-TL won here last year. (Probably because legend Jill Mitwell was at the helm of most of the online episodes)

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    Jw79bull
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    AOL- TL ?????????????? Don’t you mean ONE LIFE TO LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    MattArmando
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    AOL- TL ?????????????? Don’t you mean ONE LIFE TO LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Haha, yes i do. AOL-TL was the dubbed title by many given to the splashy, trashy online rendition of One Life. The broadcast version was so much better.

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    Jw79bull
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    Don’t do that! Im still in mourning over OLTL 

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    MattArmando
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    Don’t do that! Im still in mourning over OLTL 

    Same here! Television OLTL was simply the absolute best its last many years under Frank and Ron. Entertaining, poignant, humorous, theatrical; it was the best of the remaining 6 at the time! 

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    robbalto
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    It’s funny to me that the directing category seems to be based on cinematography, special effects, location shoots, and extravaganza events. I suppose because I have a theater background, I tend to evaluate this category based on how actors are directed to interpret dialogue and interact with one another.

    In evaluating the nominations for Direction of a Daytime Drama, I consider which show has the most natural flow to it, especially in scenes involving multiple (three or more) characters. For me, this is definitely Days of our Lives.

    GH has had some really awkward group scenes. An example of this is Carly and Franco’s wedding. The pacing was very slow almost to the point of surrealism. The scene should have played as frenetic, but it seemed like they were trying to stretch it out to fill an hour. I enjoyed the episode overall, but I think it could have been directed in a way that was more believable.

    In the past, Y&R has sometimes had the same problem with group scenes, but I think their direction has been pretty snappy lately. Y&R used to often end scenes where a character would have his or her mouth hanging open as if about to speak, but no words would come out. They would focus on the character in that pose for too long, creating an awkward moment before ending the scene. When used in excess, it’s very unnatural and seems like a throwback to the early soap days. I notice less of it now, but Peter Bergman seems to still do it a lot.

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    MattArmando
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    It’s funny to me that the directing category seems to be based on cinematography, special effects, location shoots, and extravaganza events. I suppose because I have a theater background, I tend to evaluate this category based on how actors are directed to interpret dialogue and interact with one another.

    In evaluating the nominations for Direction of a Daytime Drama, I consider which show has the most natural flow to it, especially in scenes involving multiple (three or more) characters. For me, this is definitely Days of our Lives.

    GH has had some really awkward group scenes. An example of this is Carly and Franco’s wedding. The pacing was very slow almost to the point of surrealism. The scene should have played as frenetic, but it seemed like they were trying to stretch it out to fill an hour. I enjoyed the episode overall, but I think it could have been directed in a way that was more believable.

    In the past, Y&R has sometimes had the same problem with group scenes, but I think their direction has been pretty snappy lately. Y&R used to often end scenes where a character would have his or her mouth hanging open as if about to speak, but no words would come out. They would focus on the character in that pose for too long, creating an awkward moment before ending the scene. When used in excess, it’s very unnatural and seems like a throwback to the early soap days. I notice less of it now, but Peter Bergman seems to still do it a lot.

    I definitely see where you’re coming from! Agree on all counts.

    And here’s something that oddly stuck out at me while watching the released reels, so far… (for Younger Actor/Actress/Guest Actor) 

    If we’re speaking from a stylistic standpoint, GH is the most visually appealing. Like during Bryan Craig and Haley Pullos’ reels; the cinematography and filming style is beautiful and very high-end for daytime. I credit that mainly due to the exquisite lighting and solid sets.

    Days sets and costuming and lighting, technicial aspects, have come off cheap to me as late. And it seems a lot of people are starting to notice that too. I’m hoping for a turnaround of sorts for the 50th… 

    B&B is right up there with GH, possibly even above it now. It has a very upscale primetime look, and feel to it.

    Y&R is peculiar to me. This is really random, but the lighting and every three walls of scenery  used feels all in the same dimmed color range. Just a thought.

    Just taking in some of the “directorial” aspects into consideration… I’ve always wondered how Directing categories are officially [supposed] to be judged. 

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    Thank you for that insight, robbalto.  I never feel like I know really what I’m supposed to be looking for when I watch reels/episodes for directing, and I generally just try to judge how good the show would be if I ignored the content of the dialogue and ability of the actors.  It does always impress me, though, whe there are multiple things happening in the same place and they all seem to fit together in a way that makes sense, like when lots of people are in a room for a party or big event and several of them are having different conversations sort of near one another.

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    And I agree with you, Matt, about the looks of DAYS vs. GH in the reels so far.  In particular, I felt like the GH lighting was working so well and helping to set the mood as well as let you see everything you needed to see, whereas the DAYS lighting just seem kind of there.  DAYS’ sets also have been looking shabby lately.  There are lots of times when someone is supposed to be in one room, but you can clearly tell which other room the set is also used for.  The other day Sonny and Paul were in what was supposed to be Sonny’s office at Club TBD, but it looked like someone had just put up a partition in one of the police station/hospital offices.  This isn’t a huge deal to me, and I don’t think it should factor into the directing criteria, but it is worth noting.

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    And I agree with you, Matt, about the looks of DAYS vs. GH in the reels so far.  In particular, I felt like the GH lighting was working so well and helping to set the mood as well as let you see everything you needed to see, whereas the DAYS lighting just seem kind of there.  DAYS’ sets also have been looking shabby lately.  There are lots of times when someone is supposed to be in one room, but you can clearly tell which other room the set is also used for.  The other day Sonny and Paul were in what was supposed to be Sonny’s office at Club TBD, but it looked like someone had just put up a partition in one of the police station/hospital offices.  This isn’t a huge deal to me, and I don’t think it should factor into the directing criteria, but it is worth noting.

    I don’t think it’d be factored in either. But it’s been odd lately. And it also doesn’t help Dena Higley is back as Head Writer, even though Tomlin/Whitesell, have been “boring” lately… I shall digress, though. I just hope they get things together for the 50th, and it [looks] like they are trying to so far. 

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    I think this category is going to depend completely on th submissions. Personally, I think Days should win and will be a strong cotneder IF they submit correctly. Will & Sonny’s wedding, the fakeout reveal, E.J./Sami in the morgue, Nick getting shot, Gabi’s confession all come quickly to mind. Days winning here in a category in never wins would be wonderful!

    I agree with Robbalto that some of the GH episodes had awkward staging, but the show is flashy and it would depend on the submission. A.J. getting shot, either of the two episodes where Ava reveals who killed Connie (first, A.J., then herself). I liked the episodes where Michael was agonizing over A.J.’s surgery. The induced labor scenes were fantastic but I seem to recall there were some badly staged scenes in that episode?

    Y&R is classy and crisp. It feels like old-time soaps the most of the four remaining shows. I suppose the episodes from way back in January would be strong contenders – particularly the Adam/Billy scenes. And the episode that Gina Tognoni submitted was very well directed too. It’s always a strong contender.

    B&B could submit the helicopter scenes – I suppose panelists could find it suspenseful. The show is the best looking of the four, but that’s sets, costumes, lighting, and technical achievements.

    My erpsonal order of preference (not prediction, since I don’t know what the reels are):

    1. Days Of Our Lives
    2. Ge3neral Hospital
    3. The Young and the Restless
    4. The Bold nad the Beautiful

    Glad Days is nominated this year and I am hoping it will break through with a win in this category (I don’t know if it has ever won in the Directing category?)

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    robbalto
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    Matt, I know what you mean about the stylistic variations among the shows. Your comments brought to mind for me the early days of Y&R. The show had a visual style that was unlike any other in daytime.

    I think the directing category used to be more about the basic elements that I discussed earlier in the thread. But over the years, it has become more about location shoots, big events, and technical achievement.

    I hope they post reels for directing, writing, and drama series. 

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    FreemanGriffin
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    Y&R has won this category a whopping 13 times (between 1975 and 2011)

    GH has won 8 times (81, 82, 99, 04, 05, 06, 10, and 12)

    B&B has won twice (one of the wins was a tie) (10 and 13)

    and Days has only one once, the very first year of the Daytime Emmys, WAY back in 1974. It’s due and the directing team really does do a great job – it’s the most consistent of the four remaining shows and part of the credit for that is the Directing Team.

    Looking forward to finding out what each of the four shows submitted for this year’s Emmys (:

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