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The Carolyn Jackson Collection, no. 43 - Interview with H.R. Giger and the producers of Alien

Carolyn Jackson

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  •  Carolyn Jackson asks artist H. R. Giger about the design concept for the alien 
  •  Giger gives his reaction to the finished product 
  •  Jackson asks about the appeal of horror and suspense 
  •  Why the producers did not go for a PG rating 
  •  Jackson questions the film's potential in foreign markets 
  •  David Giler, who also helped write the screenplay, talks about the research he did to bring authenticity to the story 
  •  Gordon Carroll explalins why the film shot in England 
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At the press junket for the film Alien, Austin television personality Carolyn Jackson speaks with two of the film’s producers – Gordon Carroll and David Giler – and with artist H.R. Giger. The conversation covers a wide range of topics, beginning with Giger, who discusses the concept of the alien, choices made in its creation, and his reaction to seeing it come alive on the screen. With the film producers, Jackson discusses the appeal of horror to audiences, her reaction to the film's graphic visual content, the design of the spaceship, and reasons for filming in England rather than Los Angeles. Please note, at times video quality is poor due to deterioration of the original tape.

Carolyn Jackson was on the air in Austin as a daytime lifestyle show host during the late 1960s and 1970s. She began her broadcast career when she joined KTBC in 1968 as the host of Women's World, which was later renamed The Carolyn Jackson Show. In the late 1970s, Jackson moved the show to KTVV (now NBC affiliate KXAN).

These excerpts represent a small sample of Jackson's work. The bulk of her collection is made up of interviews with Texas personalities or from Hollywood film release press junkets, but the collection also includes feature stories, outtakes, and behind the scenes clips.