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I found this amusing, way back in the day.
This is a scene from an old episode of The Bill: “Bad Company”, from 1989, repeated on the ABC recently.
Can you spot the production error? How many views did it take you?
6 replies on “Spot the production error”
Is it the missing car door? Spotted on the second viewing.
The driver didn’t check the mirror for cyclists before opening the car door ?
not wearing seatbelts?
Stephen got it. It’s actually quite clever to remove the car door to allow the camera to move freely from the car into the house, but obviously the illusion is broken once you spot the missing door!
It’s not particularly a particularly well directed scene at all. They seem to have been preoccupied with having the camera lead the guys into the building, which was awkward to achieve with it leaving the right side of the car. It kinda crosses the line too (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/180-degree_rule), so the whole shot ends up looking awkward.
@Evan, I think I agree with that – it was never on a huge budget, and they were churning out 2-3 half-hour episodes every week, and often using a Cinéma vérité documentary-style of direction… so I suspect for this scene they thought it was good enough.