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The Michigan Daily-Friday, August 1 1980-Page 3

The studio in the Michigan Media
Center on Fourth St. had an air of in-
formality about it. Props were lying
about the perimeter of the stage, and a
woman dressed in jeans and a body suit
was painting 55-gallon drums a bright
shade of red.
One floor above the studio, three
college students were viewing sections
of a videotape and lamenting about the
massive amount of material that would
eventually have to be edited out of it.
"There's one section of two hours and
15 minutes of footage that has to come
out as five minutes," sighed one.
THE SCENES WERE part of the
preparation of a television program.
The four graduate students, Mary Ann
Watson and Jack Riggs of the Univer-
sity's Communications department,
and Dick Hendrick and Carla Seal (the
painter in the studio), both of Harvard
University, are producing a half-hour
show titled "Full Circle," a program
about energy conservation aimed at
class at
Art school
The stench of burning coal permeates
the air surrounding the west end of the
Art and Architecture Building on North
Campus. Wisps of dirty white smoke
are visible at a distance of several hun-
dred feet.
At the Blacksmithing Workshop un-
derway inside a temporary shed-like
structure, the air is filled with the soun-
ds of people learning a trade that
Western man first practiced in Turkey
more than 1,000 years ago. Hammers
bang and click as they shape the flame-
softened iron; red-hot metal hisses as it
is immersed in water; files rasp as they
shape and smooth the metal.
Turley is instructing 13 students -
about half of them from the Univer-
sity's School of. Art - in the art of
At the invitation of School of Art
Associate Dean Wendell Heers, Turley
is taking a few weeks off from his work
at his own shop and school - Turley
Forge in Santa Fe, New Mexico - to
teach the workshop.
"I'm teaching mainly technique, and
a minimal amount of design," says
Turley adds that during the three-
week workshop, students will concen-
trate on making items such as knives,
kitchen utensils, hardware, and tools.
"Most people think blacksmithing is
' just shoeing horses," he laments, "but
See EXPERT, Page 13

s produce TV show
Hendrick said he thought the woman's garden club in a parody of University alumnus, got1
program's subject matter and its target Monty Python's Flying Circus. bring people from the Univ
audience were relevant to today's MANY OF THE ideas for the show Harvard and then take theI
society. "I don't think anyone knows originated during a "practicum" (a to Michigan and see if somi
enough about saving energy," he ex- college course involving research and be done with it."
plained. "We thought it was something field work) on childen's television that The four have recruite
kids can do something about . . . Kids the four attended at Harvard last win- youngsters, ranging in age
tend to be idealistic, and we want to ter semester. Practicum students 17, from the Ann Arbor are
emphasize the importance of their in- research particular topics-in this York-based performers F
dividual efforts in the matter." case, energy conservation-while lear- and John Griesemer to
Hendrick has a few acting roles in the ning about television production and program. Both Catlin and
show, which features a"magazine" audience behavior. will appear in the soon-to-
format (skits, interviews, and other Until now, the program has never film "Playing for Time," 1
situations pieced together). In one gone farther than writing a program
scene, he conducts "man-on-the- proposal and a script outline," ex- musicians in a concentrati
streets" interviews; in another, he por- plained Riggs. "But then Dave Connell, See GRADUATES, 1
trays the elderly president of a a teacher at the practicum and a

the idea to
ersity out to
project back
ething could
d about 15
from 12 to
a, and New
aith Catlin
act in the
the story of
on-camp or-

- ly "-~ r yJMu-
"FULL CIRCLE" PERFORMERS John Griesemer, Faith Catlin, and Marguerite Tom rehearse a scene from the pro-
gram. The half-hour show, directed toward a teenage audience, stresses the importance of energy conservation and is
being filmed in Ann Arbor.
Gravel pits andmigets-
it's allin a day's work

Special to The Daily
SOUTHFIELD-This particular Wednesday Nancy Kelley
needed a midget. Her partner Evelyn Orbach was searching
frantically for a gravel pit. By the end of the day, the gravel
pit was secured, but the midget was nowhere in sight.
There were still a few loose ends with the gravel pit deal.
Orbach wasn't sure the owner understood the complications
posed by a crew filming an industrial movie in his place of
AND THERE WERE some complications- with the
midget, too. They had to find one who could act in an 18th-
century comedy. Midgets and gravel pits are all ina day's
work for Kelley and Orbach. The two are partners in a pre-
production company that provides casting, location scouting,
elusive props and costumes, and a host of other services for
television and film producers and directors.
Kelley and Orbach founded their company-Station

12-three years ago in the midst of Detroit's rebirth. "It was
about the time when people stopped looking at their shoe
laces and started holding their heads up and saying, 'Damn
it, I'm from Detroit,"' said Kelley, a native-Detroiter.
BEFORE THAT TIME, persons with real acting talent
couldn't make a living in Detroit. "The acting talent got in
airplanes and went to Los Angeles," she said.
Now that television producers-and the rest of the coun-
try-have started to take interest in the motor city, Detroit
has developed a strong acting pool-and a market for a com-
pany like Station 12.
Station 12, the two said, was the first pre-production com-
pany of its kind in the country.-Kelley and Orbach were
taking a gamble when they decided to offer "free lance"
casting and location scouting services in the area.
THE GAMBLE HAS paid off. In the three years Station 12
has been open, Kelley and Orbach have helped produce
scores of industrial films and commercials. Their help with
the CBS movie Jimmy B. and Andre was one of the reasons
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