Monday, October 21, 2013

Above and Beyond

There are not many shows that are quite like the Showtime original series "Shameless." The show takes place in a shady neighborhood in Chicago and depicts the lives of the Gallagher family. This functionally dysfunctional family of 6 has to deal with getting the kids through school, paying their bills, and the focus of the video above, their alcoholic father Frank played by William H. Macy.

The clip I included above is not about the show exactly but the process that went into shooting this scene and how they wanted to portray it. The aspect of the scene they focus on is Frank's son Carl shaving his head while he is asleep in his hospital bed. Naturally, with any TV series, every scene has to have a multitude of takes to make sure everything was shot correctly. In an attempt to make the actions on screen during this scene extremely real, they actually shaved Macy's head which means they had to get exactly what they wanted the first time, no easy feat. I feel as though the little details put into series like these really takes them a step beyond your average everyday TV show.

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