Wednesday, August 31, 2011

TV Director Reza Badiyi Passes On

Reza Badiyi, who directed television shows ranging from Get Smart to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, passed on 20 August 2011 at the age of 81.

Mr. Badiyi was born in Arak, Iran on 17 April 1930. He studied acting at the Academy of Drama in Iran. He eventually switched from acting to cinematography, and then to making documentaries. Before moving to the United States in 1955, he had made 21 documentaries. His documentary Flood in Khuzestan caught the attention of the United States, who invited him to come to the U.S. to study filmmaking. He studied filmmaking at the Syracuse University, then went to work for industrial film company Calvin Co. in Kansas City, Missouri. There he met director Robert Altman. He was assistant camera on Mr. Altman's short "The Magic Bond (1955) and  an assistant director on Mr. Altman's feature film debut, The Delinquents in 1957.

Reza Badiyi went onto be an assistant director on Carnival of Souls (1962) and an associate producer on the movie Terror at Black Falls (1962) and the TV series Run, Buddy, Run. In 1967 he created the titles for legendary sitcom He & She. He would go onto create title sequences for The Good Guys, Mary Tyler Moore, and Hawaii Five-O. He would be best known in television for his directing. Indeed, according to the Director's Guild, Mr. Badiyi holds the record for directing the most hours of American television. Over the years he directed episodes of such shows as  Get Smart, Hawaii Five-OThe Doris Day Show, Mission: Impossible, The Magician, Mannix, Serpico, Man From Atlantis, Baretta, The Rockford Files, Hart to Hart, Falcon Crest, Jake and the Fatman, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, In the Heat of the Night, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Nowhere Man, La Femme Nikita, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Reza Badiyi was not simply a prolific director in television, but a talented one as well. He was equally at home directing sitcoms as he was action adventure shows or dramas. In fact, in his long career he directed nearly every genre of television, from comedy to police drama to science fiction to horror. It was his skill as a director that allowed him to create the memorable title sequences to Hawaii Five-O and Mary Tyler Moore. Mr. Badiyi was a superior television director who paid more than usual attention to the camera work on the shows he directed.

Wallace and Gromit

For those unfamiliar with this cartoon, Wallace and Gromit are the main 2 characters of 4 British animated cartoons made by Nick Park of Aardman Studios. Not alot of people in the US are familiar with this cartoon, but soon learned about them by seeing the movie Curse of the Were-Rabbit. This cartoon is referred to as claymation and filmed by using stop motion clay animation. Wallace is an inventor who lives in Wigan, Manchester and is a cheese enthusiast, mainly Wensleydale. Along with him is his intelligent dog Gromit, who communicates through body and facial expressions. For the voice of Wallace, he is voiced by British veteran actor Peter Sallis. BBC News calls this the best loved and best known stars to come out of the UK.
Nick Park, the mind behind Wallace and Gromit.
How can you not love Gromit? He's so cute!!

Sorry to be or sound so predictable, but I just adore this cartoon. I never really knew what it was until 6th grade. My then teacher for 6th grade, Mrs. Scott, got me forever hooked on it. She loved that cartoon and on the last day of school, we, as in my class, all watched Wallace and Gromit A Close Shave, Thw Wrong Trousers and A Grand Day Out. I have a little stuffed animal of Gromit at home, it's so cute!! I wish I could have gotten a stuffed animal of the rabbit Hutch from the Curse of the Were-Rabbit movie.

W&G: Curse of the Were-Rabbit

A Grand Day Out

A Close Shave

The Wrong Trousers

The Beatles in Retrospect

You know how if someone would use the term retrospect or something to that effect, meaning to look back on something? Well, I thought about making this post of images and things about The Fab Four as some call them. They're one of my favorite bands, have been since 12th grade and will always be my favorite!!

Paul McCartney- Born James Paul McCartney. Vocals, bass guitar, guitar, piano, organ, mellotron, keyboards, drums, ukulele, mandolin, recorder

George Harrison- guitar, vocals, bass, keyboards, ukulele, mandolin, sitar, tambura, sarod, swarmandal

Ringo Starr- born Richard Starkey. Drums, vocals, percussion, keyboards, guitar

John Lennon- born John Winston Lennon
Vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica, harmonium, electric organ, six-string bass
A Simpsons picture parodying Abbey Road

The real Abbey Road album

This is one cool album cover
On the back of The Beatles 1 album. I know because I have that album

30 Day Movie Challenge. Part 1

I was inspired by a fellow blogger named Taysha the Film Geek to do a blog about some of my favorite movies.

Basically, I have a feeling I'll end up adding movies I've seen so many times I can probably watch them in my head while sleeping.

Day 01: Best Movie You Saw Last Year.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, pt. 1

This was, by far out of all of them, the best one. I would not recommend it for kids because there is a bit of bad language in this movie, mainly the characters saying things like 'bloody' or hell or whatever, and also there is a scene of very brief nudity between Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe. It is in a scene where Ron is having a dream that Hermione likes Harry more than him, and also you get to see Daniel in nothing more than boxers.

Pictures from the movie

Sweet! My wish has come true, lol! A hundred Daniels!! Lol!

Hey Ginny, switch ya!!