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Competitions can improve TV programs standard

出自香港新聞網 - 樹仁新傳系學生實習習作

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Television drama series “When Heaven Burns” (天與地) has aroused a widespread concern in Hong Kong last year with its revolutionary theme of “human eating human”. This drama surprised many audiences as they generally think that the standard of Hong Kong television programs is declining. Experienced television dramatist Ho Yuet Fung attended a talk held at Shue Yan University yesterday. He said the unsatisfactory treatment offered to dramatists and few competitions in the television industry are the main reasons for the deterioration. [Great intro. It indicates that the rest of the article will be about the reasons beind the declining standards.]

“Teamwork is crucial to television drama production. As the duration of drama series is much longer than movies’, we must work with daily discipline. Unlike movie production, we cannot take rest whenever we like. We have to be responsible to our teammates,” said Ho. [This is a good point, but you do little to tie it back in to the declining standards. Why does the need for teamwork matter?]

Ho believes people with common idea can be powerful if they are grouped together. So she totally agreed with the way Writer Guild of American did to fight for rights and interests. With only two television companies in Hong Kong, there is little competition. It seriously lowers the work condition of writers.

“In the past, the working condition was much better. Colleagues in research department would help us in script writing. It enriched the content and made our work efficient. But now, without good working condition, it’s difficult for the backstage worker to create high-quality television programs.”[Great point!]

Commenting on the controversial television program “When Heaven Burns”, Ho thought it was a great step of TVB drama production. She encouraged TVB to produce more creative TV programs and more youngsters to be drama writer as this industry urges their energy and creative thinking.

Some people may complain that television drama producers are not inventive and they copy ideas or even scenes of foreign soap dramas like “Ugly Betty” and “CSI” all the time. However Ho, a writer of the first and foremost Hong Kong drama series “Hotel” (狂潮), said it is actually inevitable. “We did the same thing in the past too. Audiences just could not notice it. But with the advanced technology now, they can watch foreign drama series easily on web and discovered what the drama writers did. And what makes the drama special is not the topic, but how the producers tell the story, choosing the scenes and delivering the idea innovatively.”[Is this a good thing, or a bad thing? How does copying ideas relate to the declining standards?]

“I still have hope with the future market. As there will be more television companies in Hong Kong, virtuous competition among them can undoubtedly give a positive impact to the market and audiences would be benefited.” said Ho

[For the most part, this is a great article, with some solid ideas. All you need to make it stellar is to tie all those ideas together, and relate them back to the declining standards issue.]

[Grade: B]

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