Posts Tagged ‘New Interview Posted’

“True Blood” Returns

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Vampires and werewolves and fairies, oh my! True Blood has all the other-wordly creatures you’re likely to ever desire. In his 2011 Archive interview (NOW ONLINE!) creator Alan Ball describes how he and fellow writers come up with all of Bon Temps’ fantastical characters and storylines (the series has strayed a bit from Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels on which it’s based.)

Ball recounts how he discovered the novels and got involved with True Blood:

And muses on the current fascination with vampires:

True Blood returns with Season 5 tonight, Sunday, June 10th, at 9pm on HBO. Here’s the trailer to whet your appetite:

As the show’s slogan says, “Waiting Sucks,” but no more waiting after tonight!!

For more on True Blood, visit our show page, and for more with Alan Ball, watch his full Archive interview.

John Bartley Interview Now Online— “X-Files” and “Lost” Director of Photography

Monday, July 12th, 2010

“I like the camera to be moving. I’ve gone to work on a couple of shows part time, and they   get a little surprised when you say, ‘let’s lay down some track’… ‘Well, we don’t usually do  that.’ ‘Well, let’s lay some track today.’”

Click here to access John Bartley’s newly posted Archive of American Television Interview.

Interview Description:
On his approach to The X-Files, John Bartley says: “They thought it was crazy to go that dark, to get things down that far. Sometimes it’s a little nail-biting and you’ve got to make sure that it’s actually there— or something’s there. Directors would look at me and say, you okay with that? They still do that today too.” John Bartley won an Emmy Award for his influential cinematography of The X-Files and also served as the DP on such series as Roswell and Lost. In his Archive interview, Bartley talks about breaking into TV in Australia and his move to Canada and the US, where he became a gaffer in TV and films. He discusses his transition from gaffer to Director of Photography, initially with the feature film Beyond the Stars, a film that he later says was among his hardest projects to light. He then speaks about his work in series television, starting with the police drama The Commish, and then The X-Files. For The X-Files, he recalls how he came to be hired, discusses the dark look to the series and his efforts to add color as it continued, and recalls working with the series leads. He recounts being hired on Lost and describes the challenges posed by the series’ location work in Hawaii; he also notes the significant use of camera movement on Lost, and speaks about the show’s production team. Other TV projects Bartley touches on include: fantasy/adventure series Early Edition, sci-fi series Roswell, and the television movie Odd Girl Out. Throughout the interview, he comments on being concerned with matching the lighting throughout a project, shooting in the 16 x 9 format but being aware of “TV safe,” and how the introduction of HD effects his work. John Bartley was interviewed in North Hollywood, CA on May 8, 2009; Stephen J. Abramson conducted the two-and-a-half hour interview.

Jerry Mathers— “Beaver Cleaver” of “Leave it to Beaver” is Now Online

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

With the release of Leave it to Beaver: The Complete Series this week, the Archive is posting Jerry Mathers’ entire Archive interview.

Jerry Mathers was interviewed by the Archive of American Television on June 20, 2006; click here to watch his entire four hour interview.

Interview description:

Jerry Mathers talked about his start as a child model from the age of two, which led to his acting career in “live” television in the early 1950s.  He described such appearances as a western sketch on All Star Revue with Ed Wynn, in which he wore a diaper and six shooters and sidled up to the bar to recite his line: “I’m the toughest hombre in these here parts.” In feature films, he related how he was cast by Alfred Hitchcock for The Trouble With Harry and described how, in a real-life fire stunt gone wrong, Bob Hope saved him from the smoke and flames while shooting a scene in The Seven Little Foys.  Mathers then spoke in great detail about the role and series for which he is most identified, Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver.  He discussed the premise of the show and the significance of its child’s point-of-view.  He talked about each of the principal cast members and outlined their careers leading up to and following Leave It to Beaver.  He recalled the plots and production of several classic episodes of the series, including “Captain Jack,” in which Wally and Beaver secretly keep a pet alligator; “A Horse Named Nick,” in which Wally and Beaver accept a horse in payment for work they did at a traveling circus; and “In the Soup,” in which Beaver falls into a billboard’s soup bowl display.  Mathers described his post-Leave It to Beaver years in which he left show business to earn his degree, served in the National Guard, and worked in banking and real estate.  He then described his return to full-time acting when he went on tour in the stage production “So Long, Stanley,” co-starring Tony Dow.  Mathers discussed his return to the role of “Beaver” Cleaver in the 1980s in the made-for-television movie Still the Beaver and the subsequent series The New Leave It to Beaver.  Lastly, Mathers talked about his charitable interests and current projects.  The interview was conducted by Gary Rutkowski.

Additionally, the Archive has an interview with popular TV mom, Barbara Billingsley— Leave it to Beaver’s “June Cleaver”; click here to watch her interview.