USAO’s David Duncan, left, Ahmet Zappa and USAO graduate Ben Thomas take a break from filming “Based On” for the E! Entertainment Television network. “Based On,” a new show hosted by Zappa, premiers at 9 p.m. this Saturday on Channel 55 in Chickasha, and attempts to uncover “the flesh-and-blood people and stories” behind some of Hollywood’s biggest shows and movies.

USAO’s Duncan Works on New E! Program

Thursday, May 6, 2004


Almost any television camera operator or reporter prays for the chance at a “network” assignment. David Duncan, video production director at USAO, got such an opportunity with E! Entertainment Television.


This Saturday, the cable network is launching a new show, Based On. The show, hosted by Ahmet Zappa, attempts to uncover “the flesh-and-blood people behind your favorite shows and blockbusters.” The first episode is scheduled to air May 9 at 9 p.m. on Channel 55 in Chickasha.


Duncan headed the DV (digital video) crew during the shooting of the first episode in Elmore City. The show will focus on the move Footloose, inspired by the life of a woman still living in the small Oklahoma town.


“To get to be a part of the launching of a national television show is pretty awesome,” Duncan said. “We worked on an difficult shooting schedule. We shot for nearly 24 hours over two days.”


Recent USAO graduates Dwight Polson and Ben Thomas also served as production assistants on the program.


“It's so exciting to get to work on a national venue, where millions of people will get to see my work,” said Duncan. “I'm also excited that my name will appear in the credits that are run at the end of the program.”


Footloose, released in 1984, is classic tale of teen rebellion. It starred Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow and Sarah Jessica Parker. Streetwise Ren (Bacon) receives a shock when he discovers that the small town he lives in doesn’t allow dancing. He battles the townspeople to abolish the ordinance that prohibits dancing.


The film grossed $80 million at the box office and received two Academy Award nominations for the songs “Footloose” and “Let's Hear It For the Boy.”


According to, the network plans another show featuring “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” which starred Will Smith, about a kid who moved from the ‘hood to a mansion in California. Zappa hopes to track down the stars and real people who inspired the successful sit-com.