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Refining studio realism
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By the early 1960s, television was more established in both reach and form, yet despite significant technological shifts its production processes remained largely unchanged. Actor experience had increased, yet an analysis of studio realism during this period as the result solely of actors' increased familiarity with the medium is complicated by external factors; primarily, the advent in British television and film of social realism. Pre-recorded 'as live', Doctor Who's opening episode 'An Unearthly Child' can be taken as representative of the latest production process. However, as will be seen, this differed remarkably little from the live era in terms of performance pressures. What is notable, however, is the extent to which a greater uniformity of scale had begun to emerge in terms of vocal and gestural projection on the part of actors. A marked refinement of studio realism when compared to the performances examined in The Quatermass Experiment.

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