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Written by Susan Miller on Monday June 1, 2009
Boy, does it ever! I’ve always been proud of Oklahoma, but I had no idea our state was so cool.
A few months ago Dr. Bob Blackburn, the executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, called me to let me know that a long awaited exhibit was finally ready to open. Now, Dr. Blackburn is an historian’s historian, a fairly proper professional man who is very “by the book”, so I was somewhat amused at his tone when he called. Dr. Blackburn was Excited with a capital “E”!
He wanted Gallery to do a segment on the History Center’s newest exhibit, “Another Hot Oklahoma Night”.
“We’ve interviewed more than 150 rock artists in high definition format and have more than 5,000 square feet of exhibit space for all the artifacts from musicians with ties to Oklahoma!” He said.
I wanted to tell him, “You had me at ‘hello’”. Just hearing the enthusiasm in his voice was enough to convince me he had something special.
Indeed, he did. Gallery has dedicated, not just a segment, but its entire June program to exploring Oklahoma’s rock and roll legacy in “Oklahoma Rocks”.
Fellow segment producer Randy Hayes, show producer Dave Tamez and videographer Daniel Lapham got to work sorting through all the artists interviewed by the History Center, trying to figure out who should be a priority for the now insufficient half hour we had to tell this story. That was the hardest part and I was tearing my hair out because I do not have enough knowledge about rock and roll history to know who we should go after, but I have learned over the years that these things have a way of working themselves out. Call it “Zen” or whatever you want, but usually if you do the legwork and try to cover all your bases, things work out. I still like to worry over every little thing and nothing is ever guaranteed when it comes times to shoot, but still….as I said, things tend to work out. The story is there.
Despite our intentions to take advantage of the interviews already done by the History Center, we were able to get our own interviews on the night of the Exhibit’s Private Premier Party. I could go through all the names, but you’ll just have to watch the show to find out who we nabbed on this special night. The Legends came home and I was blessed to get to meet them, talk with them and hear their stories straight from them. You can hear those same stories on Gallery June 4th at 8:00pm and don’t forget to visit the Oklahoma History Center to see “Another Hot Oklahoma Night”.
Written by Susan Miller on Thursday May 28, 2009
I was familiar with the work of Jean Richardson long before I even knew that a woman named Jean Richardson produced it. It was U.S. 10th District Circuit Court Chief Justice, Robert Henry who told me about her and put us in contact with one another. I was excited to get the chance to meet this nationally known artist and she could not have been friendlier or more down to earth. As it turned out, Ms. Richardson was familiar with our program, “Gallery” and was happy to have us feature her.
That is how I found myself in her studio one chilly February morning watching as she started a fire to warm the room then standing by her side as she began a new painting for us. It would be one of her signature large, abstract horses.
We spent two days with Ms. Richardson in the studio she had built next to her house. We started the first day with her interview. I like to do interviews with the artists first and I talk to them about everything. This is my one chance to record their story. I don’t pre-produce my segments. Until I have interviewed my subjects I have no way of knowing their story, so how can I start shaping one beforehand and expect it to be true?
I always work this way. Others might have different strategies that work best for them, but this is mine. It is during the interview that I see the beginnings of the story’s shape. But even then the story changes and evolves. Many times people reveal more of themselves after the interview is over because they’re more relaxed. I have often told videographers to keep the cameras rolling surreptitiously if a conversation continues after the “formal interview”. It is only afterwards that I tell the subject what I have done and they always laugh. I never air something that the subject does not know we got on camera.
I consider myself blessed to have this job. It is my work with Gallery that puts me beside great artists like Jean Richardson if only for a day or two. I hope you enjoy her segment, “The Subjective Horse” on the April edition of “Gallery”.
Written by Randy Hayes on Thursday May 28, 2009
This was a cool story. It combined two of my favorite “man-things”. Motorcycles and rock music! What guy doesn’t like cutting metal with fire? Tony is a true artist though. His bikes represent excellence in masculinity and testosterone. I actually did learn something during the making of this story…It takes a long time to build one of these machines, but only a few seconds to kill yourself on one!