This is a class blog run by Dr. Carolina Acosta-Alzuru and her students in the First Year Odyssey Seminar "More than Melodramas: Telenovelas"

Telenovelas-FYOS-2014

Telenovelas-FYOS-2014

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Behind the Scenes of a Telenovela

I find it incredibly fascinating how Latino telenovelas have integrated into different parts of the world instead of sticking to Latino soil. Over a decade ago, the commercial broadcast television and radio network, NBC, bought out one of the largest Spanish networks called Telemundo. After this purchase, many opportunities opened up for Spanish actors and producers to showcase their talents to the world. Despite the language barrier, I noticed that there are great similarities between telenovelas and American TV shows. Great thought is put into developing a gripping plot to capture the audience's attention. Audiences don't realize the blood, sweat, and tears of months and months of hard work producers and writers must do in order to bring their ideas to life. Also, I underestimated the work hours of the producers and actors. Aurelio Valcarcel Carrol's diagram of inside a telenovela states that actors only have one day off during half a year of production where they dedicate half of the day shooting and perfecting a scene. That's crazy! Usually when viewers fall in love with a specific telenovela, they give all the credit and claps to the actors but without the talent behind the production crew, the telenovela would not exist. I give major props to the post-production crew because they have to piece together six months worth of footage in a month before airing time. This specialized work must be nerve-wrecking because so much effort is instilled in this project and high stakes are involve since audiences tend to have high expectations behind shows they have been anticipating!

4 comments:

  1. I agree with what you are saying. Most people do not realize how labor intensive a telenovela production is. I personally felt like most of the actors were probably stuck up, but like Dr. A said they kind of have to fend for themselves because they do so much work and don't feel like they get a lot of reward in return for their services.

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  2. I think it's crazy that we Spanish soap operas/telenovelas are aired on American broadcasting networks! The fact that telenovelas have come this far is crazy. The behind the scene works of every single episode and series of a telenovela is crazy. The people behind the scenes do not get enough credit for all of the work they put into each episode. They have to make sure every detail is perfect before airing it to the viewers, which is so much pressure. I'm grateful that these people are working hard in order to entertain viewers like me!

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  3. I think that the amount of work put into telenovelas is astonishing, especially when combined with the fairly limited time that they have. Many telenovelas have the same production value that American shows do, yet American shows have much more time to complete the seasons. Knowing how limited they are on time and then seeing the finished product has given me a greater appreciation for telenovelas.

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  4. I find it amazing how the writers, directors and producers and cast of telenovelas make everything come together as beautifully as they do. They are on such a time crunch, with having to air five episodes a week continuously. It takes a huge amount of commitment and it is very admirable.

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