TV Series Review: W1A

I’m not one to recommend television series. In fact, the last TV series I did recommend was the BBC’s extraordinary dramatic release: The Crown1. I’m eagerly awaiting the second season. But, until then, I suggest for your viewing pleasure something different—something entirely different: W1A. The title, W1A, is the London postal code for the address of the BBC. The comedy… Continue reading

What’s in a Name

What’s in a name? Well, my name, Tim Tyson, is more common than I would have thought, especially since I rarely meet anyone named “Tim.” But there are several Tim Tysons, and recently I learned of another. In the digital era, things swirling around name can easily get confused1. Perhaps the most well known is an American writer and historian,… Continue reading

TV Theme Songs Sherlock; House of Cards

Last night I was watching the awesome BBC series, Sherlock. The moment I heard the opening title sequence, I was convinced I knew who had written it. The musical style sounded very similar to the style of the music in the opening sequence to House of Cards. The HOC theme is considerably more dissonant/bi-tonal, which I love, but the two… Continue reading

The Petro Vlahos Legacy

Petro Vlahos died on February 10, 2013. His work, in many ways, defines modern visual effects in the film today. Among other things, Petro Vlahos is known for refining green (and blue) screen film technology for the Motion Picture Research Council by adding motion control cameras with traveling mattes. This stuff fascinates me. For those who may not be familiar… Continue reading