Reza Badiyi

Director / Title Visualizer


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In his four-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Reza Badiyi (1929-2011) discusses working in his native Iran, where he won awards for documentary filmmaking, and talks about coming to the United States to assist with low budget films, including those directed by a young Robert Altman. He details his innovative title designs for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, That Girl, and for Hawaii Five-O, which featured memorable location footage, jump cuts and slow motion effects. Additionally, Badiyi recalls dozens of series for which he served as a director, including: Get Smart, Mission: Impossible, and Cagney & Lacey. B-roll includes photos from his early years with Robert Altman, as well as an example of his specially organized call sheet, known as the Reza sheet. Karen Herman conducted the interview on November 6, 2003 in Los Angeles, CA.

"The best secret for a director is more and more preparation… You often feel that the worst thing will happen. What if it doesn't work? That's the fear of failure. Or you start thinking, 'I'm going to do this phenomenal thing' and you get very high about creating. In between those two there is a plateau that you wish and you pray to have, that you can provide an opening where every individual can function at their best… If you can provide that kind of atmosphere, you are a genius. And if you are prepared you can do that."

Highlights
Reza Badiyi on establishing a price and credit for himself for title visualization
01:48
Reza Badiyi on "the Reza sheet"
02:12
Reza Badiyi on creating the iconic title sequence for The Mary Tyler Moore Show - he came up with her famous hat toss
02:21
Reza Badiyi on winning a DGA Award for his 400th episode of television - never before achieved
04:44
Reza Badiyi on directing Don Adams and Barbara Feldon on Get Smart
00:31
Reza Badiyi on his favorite episodes of Mission: Impossible and the generosity of executive producer Bruce Geller
03:46
Reza Badiyi on advice to actors about working with directors
01:38
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his childhood and early influences; on people wanting him to change his name; on religion; on becoming a storyteller
13:12
On attending the Royal Academy of Drama in Iran; on his start as a cameraman; on taking courses from Syracuse University's program in Tehran; On coming to America in 1955
15:08

Chapter 2

On arriving in the United States; on meeting and working with Robert Altman; on doing features with Robert Altman; on working in religious television programming; on using a location he was in to shoot a religious program 25 years later for Of Mice and Men
15:34
On reconnecting with Robert Altman and getting a job at Universal; on sweetening shots for television shows with inserts and title sequences; on creating the title sequence for The Mary Tyler Moore Show
12:40

Chapter 3

On the title sequence of The Mary Tyler Moore Show; on title sequences for features; on compensation for and creation of the title sequence of Hawaii-Five-O
23:44
On his style for title visualization; on creation of the title sequence of He & She;  on the title sequence of Run Buddy Run
05:07

Chapter 4

On the pitch for the title sequence of Run Buddy Run; on joining Talent Associates Production company as an Associate Producer; on working on Get Smart and with Leonard Stein
16:13
On wanting to work on dramas; on directing The Governor and J.J.; on the title sequence of That Girl; on directing Mission: Impossible
13:23

Chapter 5

On his favorite episodes of Mission: Impossible - "Homecoming" and the 3 parts of "Falcon"
15:17
On directing Hawaii Five-O, The Doris Day Show, Mannix and The Rockford Files
13:14

Chapter 6

On James Garner in The Rockford Files; on directing S.W.A.T. and Starsky and Hutch
14:08
On directing Baretta; on the character "Tony Baretta"
14:01

Chapter 7

On how the Iranian Hostage Crisis affected him; on The Incredible Hulk, Falcon Crest and Cagney & Lacey
11:33
On television movie White Water Rebels; on directing Sledge Hammer!, Jake and the Fatman, and In the Heat of the Night
08:19
On directing Baywatch and The Trials of Rosie O'Neill;  on "the Reza sheet"
08:31

Chapter 8

On the Reza sheet; on what a director wants from a producer; on interactions with network executives
13:54
On his philosphy on rehearsals; on ad-libbing, casting and advice to actors about working with directors; on choosing projects
08:20
On directing Police Squad !, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Sliders
06:09

Chapter 9

On winning a DGA Award for his 400th episode of television - never before achieved; on what makes a great story; on enjoying his experiences directing Nowhere Man and Dinosaurs
11:05
On his proudest career achievements and career regrets; on his mentors and what he learned from Robert Altman and Sam Peckinpah
13:42
On photos from film and television productions, many directed by Robert Altman
04:50
Shows

Baretta

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Reza Badiyi on directing Baretta; on the character "Tony Baretta"
14:01

Baywatch

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Reza Badiyi on directing Baywatch
03:25

Cagney & Lacey

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Reza Badiyi on directing Cagney & Lacey
06:56
Reza Badiyi on his proudest career achievements
00:40

Dinosaurs

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Reza Badiyi on enjoying his experience directing Dinosaurs
02:56

Doris Day Show, The

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Reza Badiyi on directing The Doris Day Show
01:23

Falcon Crest

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Reza Badiyi on directing Falcon Crest
01:01

Get Smart

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Reza Badiyi on directing Get Smart
07:45

Governor and J.J., The

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Reza Badiyi on directing The Governor and J.J.
01:33

Hawaii Five-O

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Reza Badiyi on compensation for and creation of the title sequence of Hawaii-Five-O
17:43
Reza Badiyi on directing Hawaii Five-O
10:01

He & She

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Reza Badiyi on the title sequence for He & She
02:14

In the Heat of the Night

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Reza Badiyi on directing In the Heat of the Night
02:59

Incredible Hulk, The

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Reza Badiyi on Bill Bixby and The Incredible Hulk
01:04

Jake and the Fatman

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Reza Badiyi on directing Jake and the Fatman
02:26

Mannix

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Reza Badiyi on working on Mannix
02:18

Mary Tyler Moore Show, The

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Reza Badiyi on creating the title sequence for The Mary Tyler Moore Show
07:23
Reza Badiyi on the title sequence of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
02:21

Mission: Impossible

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Reza Badiyi on directing Mission: Impossible
05:14
Reza Badiyi on his favorite episodes of Mission: Impossible
15:17
Reza Badiyi on the three parter "Falcon," -  the most troublesome episodes of Mission: Impossible
09:44

Mission: Impossible: "Falcon"

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Reza Badiyi on the three parter "Falcon," -  the most troublesome episodes of Mission: Impossible
09:44

Nowhere Man

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Reza Badiyi on enjoying his experience directing Nowhere Man
00:55

Police Squad!

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Reza Badiyi on directing Police Squad!
02:21

Rockford Files, The

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Reza Badiyi on working on The Rockford Files
00:55
Reza Badiyi on James Garner and The Rockford Files
04:57

Run, Buddy, Run

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Reza Badiyi on the title sequence for Run Buddy Run
01:58
Reza Badiyi on the pitch for the title sequence of Run Buddy Run
03:17
Reza Badiyi on working with Leonard Stern
03:22

S.W.A.T.

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Reza Badiyi on directing S.W.A.T.
01:30

Sledge Hammer!

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Reza Badiyi on directing Sledge Hammer!
00:42

Sliders

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Reza Badiyi on directing Sliders
01:28

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

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Reza Badiyi on directing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
01:41

Starsky and Hutch

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Reza Badiyi on directing Starsky and Hutch
06:39

That Girl

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Reza Badiyi on the title sequence of That Girl
04:12

Trials of Rosie O'Neill, The

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Reza Badiyi on directing The Trials of Rosie O'Neill
05:06
Reza Badiyi on network interference while directing The Trials of Rosie O'Neill
01:49

White Water Rebels

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Reza Badiyi on directing the TV movie White Water Rebels
01:13
Topics

Censorship / Standards & Practices

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Reza Badiyi on network interference while directing The Trials of Rosie O'Neill
01:49

Characters & Catchphrases

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Reza Badiyi on Leonard Freeman coming up with the phrase "Book him, Dan-o"
01:52
Reza Badiyi on the character "Tony Baretta" 
01:24

Creative Influences and Inspiration

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Reza Badiyi on how much he learned from Professor John Humphrey of Syracuse University's program in Tehran
02:13

Hollywood Blacklist

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Reza Badiyi on censorship because of the Blacklist
01:03

Iran Hostage Crisis

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Reza Badiyi on how the Iranian Hostage Crisis affected him and finally getting work on The Incredible Hulk
03:11

Memorable Moments on Television

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Reza Badiyi on creating the iconic title sequence for The Mary Tyler Moore Show - he came up with her famous hat toss
02:21
Professions

Directors

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Reza Badiyi on his start as a cameraman
00:59
Reza Badiyi on his visual style on Mannix
00:39
Reza Badiyi on what a director wants from a producer
03:59

Post-Production Professionals

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Reza Badiyi on his style for title visualization
00:55

Television Executive

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Reza Badiyi on creating the iconic title sequence for The Mary Tyler Moore Show - he came up with her famous hat toss
02:21

Title Designer

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Reza Badiyi on his style for title visualization
00:55
Genres

Comedy Series

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Reza Badiyi on creating the iconic title sequence for The Mary Tyler Moore Show - he came up with her famous hat toss
02:21

Cop/Detective/Mystery Series

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Reza Badiyi on directing Hawaii Five-O
10:01
Reza Badiyi on directing Baretta; on the character "Tony Baretta"
14:01

Sci-Fi/Supernatural Series

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Reza Badiyi on directing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
01:41

TV Movies/Miniseries/Dramatic Specials

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Reza Badiyi on directing the TV movie White Water Rebels
01:13
People

Don Adams

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Reza Badiyi on directing Don Adams and Barbara Feldon on Get Smart
00:31

Robert Altman

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Reza Badiyi on meeting and working with Robert Altman at the Calvin Company and on features
04:46
Reza Badiyi on reconnecting with Robert Altman and getting a job at Universal
02:05
Reza Badiyi on what he learned from Robert Altman
02:14
Reza Badiyi on photos from Robert Altman productions
01:37

Saul Bass

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Reza Badiyi on the title sequence for War Lord with Charlton Heston - first attempt at the title done by Saul Bass
00:55

Bill Bixby

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Reza Badiyi on Bill Bixby and The Incredible Hulk
01:04

Robert Blake

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Reza Badiyi on directing Robert Blake
00:12
Reza Badiyi on directing Robert Blake in Baretta and doing other series and features with Robert Blake
05:23
Reza Badiyi on Robert Blake not wanting an additional season of Baretta
02:21

James L. Brooks

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Reza Badiyi on the title sequence of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
00:41

David Chase

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Reza Badiyi on David Chase's great scripts on The Rockford Files
03:10

William Conrad

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Reza Badiyi on directing William Conrad in Jake and the Fatman
01:17

Tyne Daly

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Reza Badiyi on directing Cagney & Lacey
03:13

Bill Dana

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Reza Badiyi on Bill Dana guest starring on Get Smart
00:44

Doris Day

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Reza Badiyi on directing Doris Day
01:23

Barbara Feldon

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Reza Badiyi on directing Don Adams and Barbara Feldon on Get Smart
00:31

Leonard Freeman

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Reza Badiyi on playing the title sequence of Hawaii Five-O for producer Leonard Freeman
00:57
Reza Badiyi on Leonard Freeman coming up with the phrase "Book him, Dan-o"
01:52

James Garner

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Reza Badiyi on James Garner and The Rockford Files
04:57

Bruce Geller

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Reza Badiyi on his favorite episodes of Mission: Impossible and the generosity of executive producer Bruce Geller
03:46
Reza Badiyi on working with Bruce Geller on Mannix
01:29

Paul Michael Glaser

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Reza Badiyi on directing Paul Michael Glaser Starsky and Hutch
06:19

Sharon Gless

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Reza Badiyi on directing Cagney & Lacey
03:13

Buck Henry

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Reza Badiyi on directing Buck Henry
00:46

Charlton Heston

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Reza Badiyi on the title sequence for War Lord with Charlton Heston
03:19

Kim Hunter

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Reza Badiyi on directing Baretta  produced by Bernard Kowalski, starring Kim Hunter
01:12

Shirley Knight

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Reza Badiyi on direcing Pete with Shirley Knight
05:22

Bernard L. Kowalski

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Reza Badiyi on directing Baretta  produced by Bernard Kowalski
02:20
Reza Badiyi on directing Jake and the Fatman
01:09

Jennings Lang

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Reza Badiyi on Jennings Lang hiring him at Universal
02:05

Jack Lord

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Reza Badiyi on directing Jack Lord
04:04

James MacArthur

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Reza Badiyi on working with James MacArthur
02:42

Daniel Melnick

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Reza Badiyi on pitching ideas for the title sequence for Run Buddy Run
01:58
Reza Badiyi on Talent Associates and the pitch for the title sequence of Run Buddy Run
04:12

Mary Tyler Moore

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Reza Badiyi on creating the title sequence for The Mary Tyler Moore Show
07:23
Reza Badiyi on the title sequence of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
00:41

Leslie Nielsen

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Reza Badiyi on working with Leslie Nielsen on Police Squad!
01:05

Carroll O'Connor

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Reza Badiyi on directing Carroll O'Connor in In the Heat of the Night
02:59

Sam Peckinpah

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Reza Badiyi on what he learned from Sam Peckinpah
01:27

Don Rickles

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Reza Badiyi on directing Don Rickles
00:28

David Soul

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Reza Badiyi on directing David Soul in Starsky and Hutch
00:20

Aaron Spelling

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Reza Badiyi on working with Aaron Spelling
01:02

Leonard Stern

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Reza Badiyi on pitching ideas for the title sequence for Run Buddy Run
01:58
Reza Badiyi on Talent Associates and the pitch for the title sequence of Run Buddy Run
04:12
Reza Badiyi on working with Leonard Stern
03:22

David Susskind

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Reza Badiyi on pitching ideas for the title sequence for Run Buddy Run
01:58
Reza Badiyi on Talent Associates and the pitch for the title sequence of Run Buddy Run
04:12

Marlo Thomas

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Reza Badiyi on the title sequence of That Girl
04:12

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