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Corrie Street 21 Jan. 2018

Dawn Light

dawn light kate-and-sophie-at-doorYou never see dawn light on Coronation Street. But in the first scene of Wednesday’s episode, there was the gray of dawn. Not from fog or drizzle. Just that brief morning twilight before the sun fully rises.

It was a little disconcerting, due to its unusualness and the eerie spell it cast on a familiar street. It also matched perfectly with the consternation – then and imminent – of the characters.kate-and-sophie-outside-door

Kate and Sophie were coming home from a night in the bars. Sophie didn’t know it, but Kate was distraught over Rana. She was totally fed up with Rana’s flip-flopping about leaving Zeedan. Sophie misread the situation totally and kissed Kate. Wrong move!

So while they were uncomfortably sorting out a changed dynamic between them, the door opened. It was Alya, thinking the noise she heard outside was Luke coming home. The night before he texted her that he’d gone to a pub with a mate. He hadn’t come home. She was angry and worried.alya-surprised-to-see-kate-and-sophie

He had gone to a pub, but not exactly to meet a mate. He was investigating the mysterious disappearance of Andy. So he went to the bar where Andy’s friend works. There, he saw Phelan having a word with that friend. When he confronted him, the guy admitted he had no idea of where Andy was.

That information led Luke to confront Phelan. A fight, a car chase, then Phelan’s handgun. He shot Luke, then shot the car’s gas tank. The car exploded, with Luke inside it.kate-and-sophie-kiss-interrupted

Soon enough, the police were once again on Coronation Street with the news of Luke’s death. No one knows of Phelan’s involvement of course, so the confusion continues. First with the simple disbelief that Luke could be alive one evening and dead the next morning, then the questions of who did it. There are obvious suspects, but no one except Seb suspects Phelan.

By this time, of course, the winter sun has long been fully risen. The viewer’s sense of disorientation has dissipated, so we can pay closer attention to the confusion reigning on the street.ayla-sadly-goes-back-inside

An effective use of time and light. It perfectly created a mood for the telling of the story. And technically difficult to do. That dawn light is very brief. Therefore a job to get all the takes needed before the light changes too much. If filters were used to smooth out the differences, it wasn’t noticeable. Thanks, camera people, it was beautiful.

Corrie Street 20 Nov 2016

Chickens Roost

sonia looks at sharifThe chickens came home to roost for Sharif this week. He’s gone. I do wonder what will happen to his chickens. Yasmeen didn’t like them at the best of times. And this is not the best of times for her.

Story and real life recently collided for the Nazir family. A few months ago, the story unfolded that Sharif, Mr. Respectable Family Man, had been carrying on behind Yasmeen’s back for seven years with yasmeen-heartbrokenher best friend Sonia. Alya figured out that there was something between them but had no idea how long it had been going on.

So, needing money for an embroidery machine, she blackmailed her granddad into giving her £14,000. He “borrowed” the money from the gym business account. His family money had gone for a downpayment on one of Phelan’s fictional flats for Sonia. Yasmeen was happy to put their savings into buying property that would help out her best friend and be an investment for their grandchildren.nazir-confrontation

Of course, they don’t know that Phelan has no intention of ever building those flats. Already a very complicated plot involving deceit by Mr. Scam himself, Pat Phelan, by Mr. Respectable, Sharif, and “I’m your best friend” Sonia and by “Carla wannabe” Alya.

You could predict that Sharif and Sonia would be caught out. Sooner yasmeen-figures-out-bribe-to-alyarather than later, likely, with Alya knowing. Of course, Yasmeen would not take it well. She and all the Nazirs will be very upset when, if, their money disappears with Phelan and Vinny.

Then real life intruded. So whatever the original plan, the writers changed or sped up Sharif’s undoing.

worried-sharifIt was Twitter. Donald Trump is not the only one who tweets without thinking of ramifications, apparently. Nor is he the only one who uses unsuitable words to do so. Marc Anwar, who portrays Sharif, took to Twitter to share strong opinions in strong language. And that was it for him on Coronation Street.

We see Yasmeen tell Sharif and Alya to pack a bag and get out. yasmeen-yells-get-outThat’s the last time we see him. While Yasmeen processes her betrayal and loss, Sharif disappears.  Next day, she reads a note he left. He went to Newcastle. Perhaps he took the chickens with him.

Corrie Street July 20/14

Designing Todd

My husband does not like Todd, at least not the manipulative and nasty Todd who designing gym-flyerreturned from London. But he grudgingly had to agree with Todd’s critique of the flyer Alya made to advertise the gym.

Too wordy and the wrong font, Todd told Alya. Jim hadn’t paid attention to what Todd was actually saying. He often ignores Todd’s words. I replayed it, saying listen carefully and look at the flyer.

Working in graphic arts, Jim often has advised clients against cramming too many words font-is-shockingin a small space. It looks cluttered and people just don’t read it. He agreed with Todd that “small print is overrated”. Of course, we can also read into Todd’s words a commentary on himself. Perhaps Marcus should heed the ‘fine print’ warnings that Todd carries. But his words to Alya are wise in terms of design if you want to “grab the punters”.

Jim’s advice to Alya was, if all the information is actually needed, put it on the back. Keep the front clean and simple so it catches the eye. In addition to the wrong font choice, Jim added that the blue and pink were the wrong colour choice alongside the others used.

never-grab-the-puntersDon’t crowd too much detail in, choose the right font in a big enough size to read easily and a pleasing colour scheme. Good tips if you’re designing flyers or pamphlets for a business or signs for your yard sale. Alya didn’t thank Todd for his help, but she should have.