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As Seen on TV

Extent:
1 videoreel of 1 (34 min.) : sd., col. ; 1 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (34 min.) : sd., col. ; 1 in.
6 videoreels of 6 : sd., col. ; 1 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (6 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (34 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (D3) (34 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (34 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (34 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (34 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 videocassette of 1 : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 videocassette of 1 : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 videocassette of 1 : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 videocassette of 1 : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
9 folders

Copyright Date:
1987

Copyright Holder:
WGBH Educational Foundation,
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.,
Charles Atlas, Bill Irwin

Artists:
Atlas, Charles
Irwin, Bill

Background:
"As Seen on TV" appeared on the KTCA series "Alive From Off Center." It may also have been broadcast in the United Kingdom.

Scope:
Includes two 1" masters of the final show, and a Betacam SP and D3 preservation master of one of these. Six reels of original footage on 1" are accompanied by a Betacam SP and VHS copy of reel 5. Multiple versions of the work exist on 3/4" screening tapes, including the final master, the complete episode of "Alive From Off Center," and various worktapes (some of which contain visible time code). Documentation includes program descriptions, production schedules, cast and crew lists, fundraising information, daily production reports, press clippings, and promotional materials.

In this work created collaboratively by video- and filmmaker Charles Atlas and mime artist Bill Irwin, Bill goes to an audition in a studio space in New York City. While waiting, he finds an empty room to rehearse in and discovers a TV camera and monitor. He gets tangled in the cables, falls out the window, crawls back in, gets sucked into the TV set, and begins his journey through different TV shows that change with the click of a remote. These shows include a soap opera, a ballet program, a "NOVA" program, Bert and Ernie from "Sesame Street," a bowling show, a golf tournament, and "Mystery." Intermixed with this footage, we go back to the audition and witness various performers doing their routines. When Irwin's name is called for his audition, he wakes up.



Director:
Atlas, Charles

Producers:
Dowling, Susan (Executive Producer)
Pine, Jacqueline (Associate Producer)


Coproducers:
WGBH
KTCA, Minneapolis

Editors:
Atlas, Charles
Doorman, Alan (SM Editor)
Steele, Mark (WGBH Editor)
Derring, Jim (WGBH Editor)

Funders:
National Endowment for the Arts
Channel Four Television, London
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Public Broadcasting Service

Performers:
Irwin, Bill
Levine, Anna
Roth, Martha
McIntyre, Marilyn
Macy, W.H. [William H.]
Williams, Chee Chee
Erdman, John
Kaufman, Avy
Sexton, Lucy
Iobst, Anne
Policeband, Boris
Lipp, Barbara
Herman, Ada Love
Henson, Jim
Oz, Frank
Rodriquez, Beatriz
Wheater, Ashley


Subjects:
Television
Auditions



Genres:
Dramas
Dance
Mime





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