Garvin Eddy

Production Designer


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In his three-hour Archive interview, production designer Garvin Eddy talks about his work on The Cosby Show, Roseanne, Cybill, and That '70s Show. He recalls his Emmy nomination for his production design on Roseanne. Eddy also discusses how he collaborates with writers and describes production designing for Third Rock From the Sun. Stephen J. Abramson conducted the interview in North Hollywood, CA on May 21, 2010.

"The Production Designer is responsible for everything you see on the screen that doesn't move. What is this world that these writers have created in their minds and have written about? And how do you make that into a real three-dimensional living thing that actors movie into? It's our job to bring that to life."

Highlights
On the role of a Production Designer
Garvin Eddy on the challenges of designed for The Cosby Show; depicting an upper-class black family
Garvin Eddy on receiving an Emmy nomination for his Production Design on Roseanne
Garvin Eddy on his collaboration with Bill Cosby when he was a Production Designer on The Cosby Show
On how he collaborates with writers as a Production Designer; working with Bill Cosby; working for Witt-Thomas-Harris
On designing for Third Rock from the Sun with John Lithgow
39:59
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his childhood, education, early influences; on working as an Assistant Art Director on Maude, and Sanford and Son with Ed Stephenson  
On the role of a Production Designer

Chapter 2

On how he collaborates with writers as a Production Designer; working with Bill Cosby; working for Witt-Thomas-Harris
On the transition from Assistant to Art Director on Amanda's by the Sea with Bea Arthur; on working on Oh, Madeline  for Carsey-Werner
On working on The Cosby Show; the challenges of designing that show and finding the right brownstone
On the legacy of the Cosby Show; on A Different World
On Roseanne; juggling multiple jobs; the challenge of depicting the economic environment on that show; on Roseanne Barr's involvement; on his Emmy nomination

Chapter 3

On the distinction between Art Director and Production Designer
On the challenges of designing for Grace Under Fire with Brett Butler; working with Chuck Lorre
On the role of product placement and sponsorships on production design
On designing for Cybill; on winning his first Emmy award
On designing for Third Rock from the Sun with John Lithgow
On designing for That 70s Show; created by Bonnie and Terry Turner
On the importance of collaboration on sets
On the importance of technology in set design today 
On career highlights; on how he'd like to be remembered; on television's impact
Shows

3rd Rock From the Sun

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On designing for Third Rock from the Sun with John Lithgow
39:59

Cosby Show, The

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Garvin Eddy on the challenges of designed for The Cosby Show; depicting an upper-class black family
Garvin Eddy on the legacy of The Cosby Show
00:29

Cybill

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On designing for Cybill; on winning his first Emmy award
03:55

Maude

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On an early opportunity, while still in school, to visit the set of Maude when he was invited by Ed Stephenson; he later was hired as an Assistant Art Director

Roseanne

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Garvin Eddy on the challenges with Roseanne and depicting the family's economic condition in the production design
Garvin Eddy on receiving an Emmy nomination for his Production Design on Roseanne

That '70s Show

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Garvin Eddy on his production design for That 70s Show
20:49
Professions

Art Director/Set Decorator

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Garvin Eddy on what his role as Assistant Art Director was on Maude; and other multi-camera television shows

Production Designer

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Garvin Eddy describes the role of a Production Designer
People

Bill Cosby

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Garvin Eddy on his collaboration with Bill Cosby when he was a Production Designer on The Cosby Show

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