Rewind and Search: Conversations With the Makers and by Mary Jane Miller

By Mary Jane Miller

The 1st 1/2 Rewind and seek seems to be on the makers -- the manufacturers, administrators, writers, tale editors, and actors -- whereas the second one part bargains with the decision-makers, concerns, coverage, and ethos that have an effect on the making of CBC tv, together with drama. Miller can pay specific recognition to the ways that courses have been motivated through evolving viewers expectancies, technological advances, and alterations in coverage, body of workers, and the company constitution of the CBC. With extra cutbacks and a metamorphosis of mandate looming at the horizon, the CBC is at a crossroads. Rewind and seek unearths the worth of tv drama as an incredible a part of our Canadian historical past, a component that are meant to now not be missed.

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What was wonderful about John was, he would literally phone and ask you what you wanted to do. And I suppose he knew that the best work from a director really comes when he 38 Rewind and Search has got that passion to do something - even when he makes a mess of it, it will be so passionate. It will have something going for it. D I R E C T O R AND ACTOR One thing has not changed over the years. The director still determines what will go out live or on tape or film and how it will be performed. " Yet in this most collaborative of arts - in which a bad edit, ill-chosen music, inept costuming or lighting or makeup, terrible dialogue or bad staging can lessen the impact or even ruin a scene - the viewer will still focus above all on the actors.

This show was an all-night thing. There were bets being made as to what time it would finish. It was a notorious show because it went to 4:30 in the morning. But when I look back at it now, I am astounded that between 10 o'clock at night and 4:30 in the morning we were able to tape a show of this complexity. It created a great storm inside the Drama Department. I was gently raked over the coals and had to write extensive memos and so on. The principle of re-editing also developed in the 19705, as the CBC got more and more into film.

M J M : From what I have seen of yours, so would I. You seem to adapt very much to the material. GARDNER: That was my intention. In fact, almost every show I did looks slightly different from every other. There were certain dis- 33 Directing tinctions in my work that I worked very hard for; interaction among players and characters, so that the scenes between people had an extra vitality. That was the way I worked as a director. Shooting film scared me a little bit more than it did some of the others.

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