Director Dwayne Carey-Hill and Producer Claudia Katz on Bender's Big Score: The RT Interview
Futurama returns at last this Tuesday!
DC-H: We definitely talked. He was a director on the series. I wound up being a director on the series and he ended up working on Drawn Together and I worked under him as one of the directors on Drawn Together, so we've had a great working relationship. I was really excited to work with him on these four DVDs. We'd trade ideas, we'd talk about which characters we'd trade between the series, which characters would look good, try them out in different shots and play them out in different ideas. At the same time we each had such difficult workloads that we both had to fend for ourselves.
What did you contribute to the story of the first movie and the third
DC-H: I'm really fortunate to get a well-written script. And from the script, just like the series, we take off and storyboard it, trying to make sure their jokes play well visually. A lot of writers will write things that sound funny but are then hard to translate to pictures. That's a struggle. I just move forward and try to tell it in picture. If I see some bumps in the road that need ironing out...
The first DVD has a lot of back and forth storytelling and it's really important to keep track of who's who and where they are. When you see the DVD you'll understand. I had to make sure their writing comes out really well on the screen.
Considering that there might not be more after these DVDs, will there be
closure at the end of the fourth movie?
CK: The way the series ended was a little anti-climactic, and we feel really lucky to have gotten to re-visit the project again. If we're done I think we all feel much better about it.
All four films are completed now?
CK: We're still in production. We've delivered the first but we won't be delivering the color on the second DVD until sometime in December. We're not even halfway through from that standpoint.
Have any stories been developed past these four movies?
CK: That's really a writer question. I'm sure there's always a story they'd like to do that they didn't get to do.
DC-H: I'm sure if they had the opportunity they'd write lots more.
What would it take for the show to be renewed after the
16 Comedy Central episodes? Would one DVD selling well be enough?
CK: Ultimately, those are business decisions. The better those DVDs sell, the greater the interest will be. That's sort of the Family Guy model of return. I think that's what gets people's attention so if sales for the first and second are great there might be some discussion there. I'm not sure if the Comedy Central deal is a cable window. I'm not really sure what the specific points of that deal are.
What aspect ratio will Comedy Central air the episodes
CK: I don't think we know that yet. We think it will air as a letterboxed version but I'm not really sure what the plans are for that.
DC-H: I think the series itself should have always been widescreen. It was a really great-looking show. So even though we had to compensate for the 4:3 and keep that as a consideration, hopefully they'll air it as a widescreen because it really looks so much better.
Do you know when the episodes will air on Comedy Central?
CK: The old episodes will begin to air in January 1st, 2008, but I
have no idea what their plans for the new episodes are.
Any favorite Futurama episodes?
DC-H: I really like "Parasites Lost" and "The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings."
CK: I have a holy trinity of Futurama episodes. The first would be "All's Well That Roswell," "Parasites Lost," and [then] it's a tie between "The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings," and "The Sting."
What's in store for Rough Draft after Futurama?
DC-H: Big things.
CK: We're going to single-handedly settle the writers strike.
Bender's Big Score is out in stores this Tuesday.