Archive for the ‘"Hawaii Five-O"’ Category

Noted Director Reza Badiyi Dies at 81

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

We’re sad to report that director and main title visualizer Reza Badiyi has passed away on August 20th at age 81. The Archive interviewed him in 2003. Badiyi began his career in Iran, where he won awards for documentary filmmaking. He came to the United States to assist with low budget films, including those directed by a young Robert Altman. He then began his own television directing career, helming episodes of such series as  Get Smart, Mission: Impossible, and Cagney & Lacey. He was also known for his innovative title designs for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, That Girl, and for Hawaii Five-O, which featured memorable location footage, jump cuts and slow motion effects. Badiyi holds the record for directing the highest number of hour-long episodes, at 417, according to the Director’s Guild of America.

In the following interview excerpt, Badiyi talks about the title sequence for The Mary Tyler Moore show, and on what makes a good story:

Watch Reza Badiyi’s full interview here, conducted in 2003.
Los Angeles Times Obituary

James Hong Interview Now Online

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Interview Description:

In his Archive interview, James Hong talks about his career as one of the most recognizable Asian-American character actors, discussing his experiences appearing in such TV series as: The New Adventures of Charlie Chan, Kung Fu, Hawaii Five-O, Seinfeld, and The Big Bang Theory. Additionally, he speaks about his featured role in the film Blade Runner (“I just do eyes”), how he came to write the story for an episode of Bachelor Father, and how his casting on the telefilm Pueblo was a career highpoint (having initially lost the role).  Hong describes how little has changed for Asian-American actors in terms of the kinds of roles offered.  He notes portrayals, however, in which he either played the role in a non-cliche way (such as a guest role on Dragnet) or worked within the role to create a full-bodied character (such as in the feature film Black Widow). Hong also talks about his agent Bessie Loo, who was Hollywood’s main agent for Asian-American actors.  James Hong was interviewed in North Hollywood, CA on April 27, 2010; Stephen Bowie conducted the two-and-a-half-hour interview.