I would like to
thank Dena and Ken for choosing my website to post
the first glimpse of this interview! This Sneak Peak is a very small part
of the interview, which will be made available in full through the Souvenir
Magazine! There will also be interviews with other cast members!
SNEAK PEAK AT THE
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CREATOR KEN JOHNSON
Were you pleased with what you achieved with V
or was there anything you would have liked to have done differently?
Overall I was very pleased with what I achieved in `V`.
There was a number of the visual effects that I would like to have done
differently or better. But we were just out of money and out of time.
Likewise on the dubbing stage we dubbed the entire four hours in only eight days
which is enormously fast. There are many things I would have liked to have
improved. I also now would have liked to have done it in stereo, because
at the time CBS was only broadcasting in mono and nobody had thought about
casting in stereo.
What special features do you plan to include on the DVD. How about a
director`s commentary? Also, would you consider making this release a
special edition. Including maybe 15-20 minutes worth of deleted scenes
that didn`t make it to the final four hours?
I`m hoping that it will be released in widescreen which is the way we filmed it
in 1:85 ratio. Also I would want to redo the soundtrack as I said and
remix it in stereo and stereo surround and add some new sound effects and just
generally flesh it out. Also we`d run the film that we ran at the convention,
the behind-the-scenes stuff as well as the gag-reel. And if they wanted I would
be happy to do a narrative track on it as well. There were no scenes that
were omitted from the final four hours. Everything I shot is in the movie.
The times we live in are moving fast and there`s so many new issues humankind
are forced to face than say 15/20 years ago. Would you ever address any of
these in another all-out spectacular mini-series? Say an updated V
for the 21st century?
In 1993 I developed a mini-series called `The Dominants` for NBC. Which is sort
without the aliens. We have met the enemy and he is us. I`m
currently trying to retool it and there`s interest that Showtime, if we can get
the deal made, to do it as a TV movie pilot and then a series. That`s in the
offing, we`ll see...?
Dena & Ken
(that's Joe Harnell in the back on the right!)