Monday, November 07, 2011

"Glee" Behind the Scenes: Meet the Mini-Me's!


"Glee" Behind the Scenes - Meet the Mini-Me's!
FOX, October 2010, 2 minutes 34 seconds

Every week Youtube releases a behind-the-scenes look at the most recent "Glee" episode, usually titled "Glee Behind the Scenes," followed by the episode name. These videos usually last between two and three minutes, and focus on either a particular character, featured song, dance number, guest star, etc.

The episode "The Substitute" is featured in this particular behind the scenes look. In the episode, the glee club teacher Mr. Schuester gets sick and imagines the other glee club members as toddler versions of themselves. This video introduces the viewer to those mini-versions of the cast, showing interviews with cast members, rough, on-set video footage, and a few short clips from the episode itself.

A disadvantage of this short documentary is that when out of context, this video does not make much sense. That is, viewers would have to know the major plot points and characters of the show "Glee" to understand these short behind the scenes look at the episodes.

While at first glance this video does not seem like a documentary, I chose it because behind the scenes looks at television series and films are very common on video-hosting sites like Youtube. Almost all films nowadays release a featurette, or behind the scenes look at the film alongside the trailer, or at least before the film is released. I think there's something to be said about the fact that these short documentaries, however non-thought-provoking they may be, are so common nowadays.

3 comments:

haley schattner said...

I never consider behind-the-scene takes to be documentaries before. I guess in many ways they are, but as you state, they cannot stand alone. I think that they could be used as archival footage though if Glee decides to make a documentary of the show with a reunion DVD in a few years. Actually, I would not put it past them to do that.

Morgan said...

I'll have to agree with Haley in that I never before thought of behind-the-scene shorts to be considered documentaries, but I cannot think of a reason why not. Because I am a GLEE fan and familiar with this episode, I can see the film and receive the full understanding. However, it truly does not stand on it's own if you know nothing about the show or episode. I also agree with Haley that we very well could have a GLEE documentary in the future and this would fit in perfectly.

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