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On 1/2/2020 at 4:24 PM, Aback said:

Hi,

 

does anyone have any insight on this show's production model?

 

I keep seeing clips on Twitter and I am impressed at the breakdown of each scene, lighting, directing, camera angles. The show looks expensive and something that producers take their time to shoot. How do they manage to pull it off?

 

Hi @Aback, I'm glad you're impressed by what you see. From what I understand the show has been under financial constraints, however after its deal with Channel 5 in the UK in 2017, the Australian government started paying money towards the production of Neighbours (via Film Victoria) given it creates many jobs for writers, directors, actors etc so they see it as important for the country. This money from Film Victoria coincided with the show upgrading its cameras and post-production software, which might have something to do with what you're seeing on Twitter. If you do start watching the show, make sure to post here about what you think

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On 1/2/2020 at 4:58 PM, All My Shadows said:

I didn't hear of his passing when it happened. I've enjoyed watching Prisoner, Sons and Daughters, and Neighbours lot over the years, and I thank him for bringing his brand of soap opera to the world. I'd love to see more of The Young Doctors and The Restless Years, which I believe he also had a hand in.

 

I'd love to see these one day too! 

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Neighbours celebrates its 35th anniversary this week. It is airing 10 episodes for the week, 5 normal ones and 5 late night ones at 10pm.

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 i'm excited!!!

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The 35th anniversary week was one of Neighbours best weeks in years. Colette Mann and Chris Milligan who play Kyle and Sheila put in brilliant performances for their grieving of Gary. Also lovely to see Sky Mangel and Des Clarke back.

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Dividing the cast and crew into (what we in New Zealand would call) 'bubbles' is an interesting idea and I hope it works out.

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8 hours ago, Dion said:

Dividing the cast and crew into (what we in New Zealand would call) 'bubbles' is an interesting idea and I hope it works out.

 

'Bubbles' - I love it.

 

Wonder how it will impact the writing though! There's only so much you can do when characters can't kiss, some actors cannot shoot together, some sets can be used...

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29 minutes ago, Aback said:

 

'Bubbles' - I love it.

 

Wonder how it will impact the writing though! There's only so much you can do when characters can't kiss, some actors cannot shoot together, some sets can be used...

 

Yes it's a cute little term that has caught on in New Zealand. I don't know if the term has caught on in Australia (I don't think it has) but basically what Neighbours is doing is dividing people up into separate 'work bubbles'.

 

Sharon Johal (Dipi) said we're going to start seeing more phone conversations, production tricks, long zoom lenses and limiting scenes to 3 people - https://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/drive/neighbours-sharon-johal-on-long-running-soap-resuming-production/12166504

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Not a bad idea. Hopefully they can pull it off. Maybe easier for a half hour show. I can see B&B doing similar things. But who knows?

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31 minutes ago, Dion said:

 

Yes it's a cute little term that has caught on in New Zealand. I don't know if the term has caught on in Australia (I don't think it has) but basically what Neighbours is doing is dividing people up into separate 'work bubbles'.

 

Sharon Johal (Dipi) said we're going to start seeing more phone conversations, production tricks, long zoom lenses and limiting scenes to 3 people - https://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/drive/neighbours-sharon-johal-on-long-running-soap-resuming-production/12166504

I wonder if anything like this will be done for the four soaps in the USA

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Same. They COULD be kind of clever about it, should they so choose. But it could likely only last so long. They kinda have to come up with something. Social distancing seems possible. I'd rather they not address the situation itself on the soaps though, personally, but they may have to. Not sure.

 

DAYS doesn't need to worry about it, LOL. 

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1 hour ago, KMan101 said:

Same. They COULD be kind of clever about it, should they so choose. But it could likely only last so long. They kinda have to come up with something. Social distancing seems possible. I'd rather they not address the situation itself on the soaps though, personally, but they may have to. Not sure.

 

DAYS doesn't need to worry about it, LOL. 

I feel there will be waivers that all sign that says the unions & productions have taken best precautions 

 

Then I could see Temp checks 

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5 minutes ago, Dion said:

@John Yes, and WorkSafe Victoria will no doubt be involved too.

im speaking of how it could look for US Soaps

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On 4/22/2020 at 1:06 PM, John said:

I feel there will be waivers that all sign that says the unions & productions have taken best precautions 

 

Then I could see Temp checks 

 

Definitely. And depending where we are on testing, it's not out of the realm everyone gets a test before going into the building. Who knows where we will be in the next few months with this?

 

B&B relies a lot on making out and sex so it'll be interesting to see how they pull it off.

 

I think they need to come up with some kind of gameplan (not saying they aren't but we haven't heard anything at all). 

 

Not sure why they can't wear masks behind the camera and social distance in a few months from now. They can do their own makeup and hair (many do) and wardrobe. Space people out on camera. It could be awkward at first but they have to figure out something.

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