Alan Jaggs

Editor


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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In his one-hour Archive interview, Alan Jaggs (1918-2008) recalls his early work in film in his native Great Britain and talks of his service during World War II. He recounts returning to England to edit features, which led to his opportune meeting with Mr. Walt Disney in 1950. Jaggs describes his career at Disney pictures, and his transition from editing films to editing television shows. He talks about some of the shows he edited during his post-Disney career, including The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Wild, Wild West, Get Smart and The Waltons. Finally, Jaggs speaks of his decision to retire and fulfill his dream of sailing around the South Pacific. Lillian Benson conducted the interview in a joint venture with American Cinema Editors (ACE) on July 16, 2001 in Universal City, California.

"I'm very glad that I was born when I was and that I came up from 1918 to today and the advancement of technology. I don't think it's ever happened before and I don't know whether it's going to go on. From horseless carriages to the present day cars, to airplanes to space travel, it's amazing what I've seen in my 83 years."

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Highlights
Alan Jaggs on editing The Dick Van Dyke Show
Alan Jaggs on editing Get Smart
Alan Jaggs on editing The Wild, Wild West
Alan Jaggs on coming to America to edit feature films and working for Walt Disney
Alan Jaggs on advice to aspiring editors
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and influences; on his first editing job; on using a Moviola machine to edit; on his service in World War II
On coming to America and working on editing features for Walt Disney; on editing The Andy Griffith Show; on making the switch from editing features to editing television shows

Chapter 2

On editing The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Wild, Wild West, and Get Smart; on editing The Waltons; on working with various producers on various shows
On working with large staffs of people on an editing project; on editing the feature "Planet of the Apes"; on his career achievements and advice to aspiring editors; on sailing the South Pacific and summing up his career
Shows

Andy Griffith Show, The

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Alan Jaggs on moving into editing for television and editing The Andy Griffith Show
Alan Jaggs on editing The Andy Griffith Show

Dick Van Dyke Show, The

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Alan Jaggs on editing The Dick Van Dyke Show

Get Smart

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Alan Jaggs on editing Get Smart

Waltons, The

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Alan Jaggs on editing The Waltons and working at Lorimar
Alan Jaggs on editing The Waltons

Wild Wild West, The

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Alan Jaggs on editing The Wild, Wild West
Topics

Advice

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Historic Events and Social Change

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Alan Jaggs on his service in World War II

Television Industry

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War

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Alan Jaggs on his service in World War II

World War II

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Alan Jaggs on his service in World War II
Professions

Editor

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Alan Jaggs on the Moviola editing machine
Alan Jaggs on working with large staffs of people on an editing project
Alan Jaggs on advice to aspiring editors

Post-Production Professionals

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Alan Jaggs on the Moviola editing machine
Alan Jaggs on on working with large staffs of people on an editing project
Alan Jaggs on advice to aspiring editors
Genres

Comedy Series

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Alan Jaggs on moving into editing for television and editing The Andy Griffith Show
Alan Jaggs on editing The Andy Griffith Show
Alan Jaggs on editing The Dick Van Dyke Show
Alan Jaggs on editing Get Smart

Drama Series

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Alan Jaggs on editing The Waltons  and working at Lorimar

Western Series

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Alan Jaggs on editing The Wild, Wild West
People

Walt Disney

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Alan Jaggs on coming to America to edit feature films and working for Walt Disney

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