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Season 1 | Episode 9 | “The Test” | Aired Nov 1, 2014

Travel down the rabbit hole that leads to the dark and lonely world known as the editing room in this episode of The Chair. After several weeks of being surrounded by supportive crews and mentors, Anna and Shane now enter the solo-ish, post-production process. Filled with cuts, notes, and some hardcore Zachary Quinto shade, post-production may just be the hardest test so far.

Camp Shane:

Shane dives into the editing process head first. Though we soon learn, after showing a rough cut to producing partner Lauren, that Shane is not going be a fan of hearing negative criticism when it comes to editing. There is some friction between Lauren and Shane after watching the first rough cut. Lauren, and rightly so, informs Shane that this isn’t just about him and this film is also a reflection of her work as a producer. I really just love how Lauren is such a boss and gets shit done!

The Chair 2014It only takes Shane two weeks of editing to put together a rough cut to show the producing team, which includes Moore, Shader, and Moosa. The group is impressed with how fast Shane was able to edit and finds the film funny and well balanced. Their main note is to work on filling in the extra stuff (e.g., special effects and green-screen stuff). Shane heads back to Los Angeles to finish the film’s edit where he will take over the role as editor.

During a producers’ meeting with Moore, Shader, Moosa, and Neal Dodson, Zachary Quinto shares his complete disappointment and anger over Shane’s film. Quinto finds Shane’s film to be “tasteless” and will not have his name associated with the film or any of its promotion. Looks like Quinto is not cool with Not Cool (my very lame attempt at a joke).

The Chair 2014Things get a wee bit more awkward at Shane’s test screening. Instead of hiring a company to conduct a screening, which would’ve found random people to watch a rough cut of the film and give their feedback, Shane invited a bunch of his friends. After the screening, Lauren conducts a Q&A with some members of the audience to see how they feel about the film. Even after Chris Moore tries to convince Shane to sit in and hear the comments, Shane passes.

It seems like we have come to the moment where Shane needs to decide whether he wants to create a film that his fan base will enjoy or edit a film that will expand his fan base.

Camp Anna:

Anna leaves Pittsburgh and heads off the New York City to continue editing her film. Anna expresses that she is excited to be getting a fresh pair of eyes. Though she is thrilled, Anna also shares that editing is scarier than actual filming.

The Chair 2014Anna holds a first rough-cut screening with members of the producing team and her crew. She’s very open to notes; Chris Moore actually makes the statement that Anna and Shane have done a role reversal. Anna was in her own bubble during production and now she is much more open to notes during post. Shane has now entered his own editing bubble. The notes given to Anna after the screening were related to whose story is the film telling.

Later on, Anna holds a test screening run by a company. After the screening, Anna, her crew, and the producing team all sit in to hear the feedback. Overall, the audience enjoyed the film but wanted to feel more connected. Also, the audience found the two female leads to look too similar and in some cases, did not know they were two different characters or actresses. It did seem that Anna was a little nervous after hearing the feedback; she was told that her film’s feedback results are indie normal.

Both directors are dealing with the editing process very differently, but both films still need some work to be done. Only one more episode left to see how Camp Shane and Camp Anna pull everything together.

Competition Notes:

Voting for the winner of The Chair will close Sunday, November 2. Both Not Cool and Hollidaysburg are available to watch on Starz Play and Starz On Demand. The winner will be revealed November 8 on the season finale.

The Chair airs Saturdays at 10/9C on Starz.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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