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Kathlyn Lindeboom
COW Articles: Cinematography Inside HBO's The Wire
on Dec 12, 2007 at 11:30:59 pm

Inside HBO's The Wire

Set in Baltimore, Maryland, The Wire will begin its fifth and final season in January 2008 on HBO. As different from standard TV as it gets, the show has received the highest levels of critical acclaim, being referred to by multiple reviewers as ''the best show on television.'' In its last issue of 2006 Time Magazine ranked The Wire first on its list of ''10 Best TV Shows.'' And ''Finally recognized as the best series on TV. Sorry, Tony (Soprano),'' was Newsweek's description. Creative COW's Nick Griffin spent time on set earlier this year and interviewed one of the show's Producers. Here's his inside glimpse into The Wire and its production.

Click on the link above to find Nick's new article.

Kathlyn Lindeboom
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David Roth Weiss
on Dec 13, 2007 at 12:52:07 am

Nick's article on the HBO's THE WIRE is really one of the best of its type I've ever read. Because Nick is really a filmmaker, not a print media jockey, his article realy gets into the heart of the filmmaking process. There's insight, detail, and real depth, and its much more than just about cinematography as the blurb for the article might lead you to belive. For example, Nick writes:

"The Wire is a 60 hour-long novel, divided into five parts by its five seasons. And, like all great novels, The Wire is deep, complicated and interwoven. Its fifth season will feature 31 characters, connected by multiple, overlapping and intersecting plot lines. Traditional TV shows rarely attempt to carry more than two plot lines at a time and sometimes, just one."

His interview(s) with co-executive producer (and sometime Director) Joe Chappelle, is also so much more than the fluff that's always in those other so-called industry mags. Chappelle shares things with Nick that make you quickly realize that this show is really good and really smart because the guys making it are really smart. Chappelle clearly knows a lot of stuff and he doesn't seem afraid to share it with Nick, because I think he obviously figured out that Nick gets it.

Great job Nick...

David Roth Weiss
David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles


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Steve Wargo
Re: COW Articles: Cinematography Inside HBO's The Wire
on Dec 14, 2007 at 3:36:05 am

Good piece, Nick,

We've watched The Wire since episode #1 and it's great to have an inside peak.

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