"I'd like to teach designers how to read a script, how to break it down, how to think. What they're really paying for is your mind. They want you to be able to take verbal stuff, written stuff, and translate it into verbal terms -- that's an art. Open your mind to that. Read a poem and paint it."
About This Interview
In his nearly three-hour Archive interview, Roy Christopher talks about his start at NBC where he began in television production design on The Dean Martin Show. He describes his work in the 1970s on James Komack-produced series including Chico and the Man and Welcome Back, Kotter. He notes his work on several television specials, including The Richard Pryor Show and Our Town. He speaks in great detail about his design of the sets for the sitcoms Murphy Brown and Frasier. Lastly he talks about his considerable contributions to awards shows, including the Oscars, Emmys, and Grammys. Throughout the interview, Christopher discusses the craft of production design and his unique style that incorporated contemporary ideas into his work. B-roll consists of over forty photos: the set designs for various Academy Awards and Emmy Awards shows, as well as stills from such series and specials as The Dean Martin Show, The Jonathan Winters Show, The Richard Pryor Show, Our Town, The Midnight Special, Chico and the Man, Make Your Own Kind of Music, The David Steinberg Show, Frasier, and Murphy Brown. Karen Herman conducted the interview on June 30, 2006 in Los Angeles, CA.