Jan Scott

Art Director


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

02:26

Tab

About
About this interview

In her three-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Jan Scott (1915-2003) speaks about her early career working for NBC in Chicago and New York as an art director. She recalls working on live shows, including Hallmark Hall of Fame, Kaiser Aluminum Hour, and DuPont Show of the Week. She discusses the Sunday Showcase production of "The Sacco-Vanzetti-Story," Kismet, and the CBS production of Shadow Game, for which she received her first Emmy award for art direction. Scott conclused by talking about the then-future of production design, and how she would like to be remebered. Morrie Gelman conducted the interview on August 27, 1998 in North Hollywood, CA.

"My taste has to be the taste of the script, whether it's a log cabin or whether it's an elegant townhouse."

Highlights
Jan Scott on working with cinematographers
03:54
Jan Scott on when she first became aware of television, and on her first job at NBC in Chicago
02:53
Jan Scott on going to work at NBC in New York City as an art director
04:55
Jan Scott on mishaps in live productions she worked on
03:22
Jan Scott on helping to design the Television Academy headquarters in North Hollywood
06:57
Jan Scott on doing production design for Orphan Train
05:46
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her early life and influences; on deciding to be a production designer; on when she first became aware of television, and on her first job at NBC in Chicago
12:59
On working on various shows out of NBC in Chicago, including Kukla, Fran & Ollie; on mishaps she witnessed on live television, and on going to work for the NBC station in Philadelphia; on going to work at NBC in New York City as an art director
14:50

Chapter 2

On working for the Metropolitan Opera; on her early days as a production designer at NBC; on working with directors Fielder Cook, Franklin J. Schaffner, and George Roy Hill
10:56
On working with Franklin J. Schaffner on Ford Startime and Hallmark Hall of Fame; on mishaps in live productions she worked on; on a typical work day as a production designer in the 1950s
11:55
On working with other art directors in the 1950s; on audience reaction to her work in art direction, and on collaborating
05:12

Chapter 3

On doing art direction for NBC Matinee Theater, and on being nominated for Emmys; on how technological advancements impacted her career as an art director; on doing art direction for the Sunday Showcase production of "The Sacco-Vanzetti Story"
08:41
On how the advent of video tape impacted her work as an art director; on doing art direction for Kismet; on her temperament
09:41
On being the head art director and having people report to her; on working for director Dan Curtis, and on working with actors
09:47

Chapter 4

On being involved with location scouting; on working with cinematographers; on working with Paul Bogart
08:28
On doing production design for Andersonville, with George C. Scott; on doing production design for "Scarecrow" on Hollywood Television Theatre for director Dwight Hemion; on doing production design for Eleanor and Franklin for director Daniel Petrie
19:48

Chapter 5

On doing production design for Eleanor and Franklin for director Daniel Petrie; on doing production design for Roots; on doing production design for The Gathering, starring Ed Asner
10:02
On doing production design for Orphan Train; on doing production design for Evergreen; on doing production design for Foxfire, with Jessica Tandy
18:17

Chapter 6

On how she selects projects to work on; on working on The Kennedys of Massachusetts, directed by Lamont Johnson; on how digital technology impacted her work as a production designer
12:56
On dealing with ageism in the television industry, and on working on feature films; on briefly working in Disney's art department; on her involvement with the production designer's union, and with the Television Academy
15:04

Chapter 7

On helping to design the Television Academy headquarters in North Hollywood; on her then-more recent production design jobs, including Harvest of Fire, The Summer of Ben Tyler, and The Love Letter
16:09
On her final production design job, Grace & Glorie, and on then-future plans; on the biggest changes in production design that happened during her career, and technological advancements in the field; on her style as a production designer
11:50

Chapter 8

On career regrets and the then-future of production design; on advice to aspiring production designers; on how she would like to be remembered
05:45
On various people with whom she worked in her career
10:20
Shows

Andersonville

View Show Page
Jan Scott on doing production design for Andersonville, with George C. Scott
07:38

Eleanor and Franklin

View Show Page
Jan Scott on doing production design for Eleanor and Franklin for director Daniel Petrie
07:03
Jan Scott on doing production design for Eleanor and Franklin for director Daniel Petrie
02:49

Ford Startime

View Show Page
Jan Scott on working with Franklin J. Schaffner on Ford Startime and Hallmark Hall of Fame
03:18

Foxfire

View Show Page
Jan Scott on doing production design for Foxfire, with Jessica Tandy
02:57

Gathering, The

View Show Page
Jan Scott on doing production design for The Gathering, starring Ed Asner
02:35

Hallmark Hall of Fame

View Show Page
Jan Scott on working with Franklin J. Schaffner on Ford Startime and Hallmark Hall of Fame
03:18

Hollywood Television Theatre

View Show Page
Jan Scott on doing production design for "Scarecrow" on Hollywood Television Theatre for director Dwight Hemion
05:07

Kennedys of Massachusetts, The

View Show Page
Jan Scott on working on The Kennedys of Massachusetts, directed by Lamont Johnson
08:35

Kukla, Fran & Ollie

View Show Page
Jan Scott on working on various shows out of NBC in Chicago, including Kukla, Fran & Ollie
04:27

NBC Matinee Theater

View Show Page
Jan Scott on doing art direction for NBC Matinee Theater, and on being nominated for Emmys
04:17

Orphan Train

View Show Page
Jan Scott on doing production design for Orphan Train
05:46

Roots

View Show Page
Jan Scott on doing production design for Roots
04:38

Sunday Showcase

View Show Page
Jan Scott on doing art direction for the Sunday Showcase production of "The Sacco-Vanzetti Story"
01:44
Topics

Bloopers

View Topic
Jan Scott on mishaps she witnessed on live television, and on going to work for the NBC station in Philadelphia
05:28
Jan Scott on mishaps in live productions she worked on
03:22

Emmy Awards

View Topic
Jan Scott on doing art direction for NBC Matinee Theater, and on being nominated for Emmys
04:17

Television Industry

View Topic
Jan Scott on dealing with ageism in the television industry, and on working on feature films
08:01
Jan Scott on briefly working in Disney's art department
02:57
Professions

Art Director/Set Decorator

View Profession
Jan Scott on a typical work day as an art director in the 1950s
05:15
Jan Scott on working with other art directors in the '50s
02:40
Jan Scott on audience reaction to her work in art direction, and on collaborating
02:32
Jan Scott on how technological advancements impacted her career as an art director
02:40
Jan Scott on how the advent of video tape impacted her work as an art director
00:34
Jan Scott on being the head art director and having people report to her
03:34

Designers

View Profession
Jan Scott on a typical work day as an art director in the 1950s
05:15
Jan Scott on working with other art directors in the '50s
02:40
Jan Scott on audience reaction to her work in art direction, and on collaborating
02:32
Jan Scott on how technological advancements impacted her career as an art director
02:40
Jan Scott on how the advent of video tape impacted her work as an art director
00:33
Jan Scott on being the head art director and having people report to her
03:34
Jan Scott on being involved with location scouting
02:37
Jan Scott on working with cinematographers
03:54
Jan Scott on how she selects projects to work on
02:24
Jan Scott on how digital technology impacted her work as a production designer
02:01
Jan Scott on her involvement with the production designer's union, and with the Television Academy
04:06
Jan Scott on the biggest changes in production design that happened during her career, and technological advancements in the field
03:19
Jan Scott on her style as a production designer
01:27
Jan Scott on the the then-future of production design
03:05
Jan Scott on advice to aspiring production designers
01:09

Production Designer

View Profession
Jan Scott on being involved with location scouting
02:37
Jan Scott on working with cinematographers
03:54
Jan Scott on how she selects projects to work on
02:24
Jan Scott on how digital technology impacted her work as a production designer
02:01
Jan Scott on her involvement with the production designer's union, and with the Television Academy
04:06
Jan Scott on the biggest changes in production design that happened during her career, and technological advancements in the field
03:19
Jan Scott on her style as a production designer
01:27
Jan Scott on the the then-future of production design
03:05
Jan Scott on advice to aspiring production designers
01:09
Genres

Classic Anthology Series

View Genre
Jan Scott on working with Franklin J. Schaffner on Ford Startime and Hallmark Hall of Fame
03:18
Jan Scott on doing production design for "Scarecrow" on Hollywood Television Theatre for director Dwight Hemion
05:07

TV Movies/Miniseries/Dramatic Specials

View Genre
Jan Scott on doing production design for Andersonville, with George C. Scott
07:38
Jan Scott on doing production design for Eleanor and Franklin for director Daniel Petrie
07:03
Jan Scott on doing production design for Eleanor and Franklin
02:49
Jan Scott on doing production design for Roots
04:38
Jan Scott on doing production design for The Gathering, starring Ed Asner
02:35
Jan Scott on doing production design for Orphan Train
05:46
Jan Scott on doing production design for Evergreen
09:34
Jan Scott on doing production design for Foxfire, with Jessica Tandy
02:57
Jan Scott on working on The Kennedys of Massachusetts, directed by Lamont Johnson
08:35
Jan Scott on her more recent production design jobs, including Harvest of Fire, The Summer of Ben Tyler, and The Love Letter
09:12
Jan Scott on her final production design job, Grace & Glorie
03:20
People

Edward Asner

View Interview Page
Jan Scott on doing production design for The Gathering, starring Ed Asner
02:35

Paul Bogart

View Interview Page
Jan Scott on working with Paul Bogart
01:58

Fred Coe

View Person Page
Jan Scott on working with Fred Coe
02:48

Fielder Cook

View Person Page
Jan Scott on working with directors Fielder Cook, Franklin J. Schaffner, and George Roy Hill
06:03

Dan Curtis

View Person Page
Jan Scott on working for director Dan Curtis, and on working with actors
06:13

George Roy Hill

View Person Page
Jan Scott on working with directors Fielder Cook, Franklin J. Schaffner, and George Roy Hill
06:03

Lamont Johnson

View Interview Page
Jan Scott on working on The Kennedys of Massachusetts, directed by Lamont Johnson
08:35

Franklin J. Schaffner

View Person Page
Jan Scott on working with directors Fielder Cook, Franklin J. Schaffner, and George Roy Hill
06:03
Jan Scott on working with Franklin J. Schaffner on Ford Startime and Hallmark Hall of Fame
03:18

Jessica Tandy

View Person Page
Jan Scott on doing production design for Foxfire, with Jessica Tandy
02:57

All Interviews

Q
S