Come along for a tour of the “Archer” production offices, courtesy of series creator Adam Reed.
FX’s “Archer” — one of the most anarchic and foul-mouthed animated cable series ever made — gets made in a mall. Pop music blasts from speakers set into the ground outside; a multiplex is a stone’s throw away.
You enter the world of “Archer” through an unmarked door; the first floor entrance also serves as a photo studio for the show’s many random needs for reference images; there are racks of costumes and shelves of props on hand for use. (The overwhelming balance of props needed were various types of guns or various conveyance devices for alcohol.)
I got the opportunity to visit “Archer’s” home thanks to a confluence of festivals: I’d interviewed creator Adam Reed at the Vancouver International Film Festival last fall, and in early February was in Atlanta, Georgia for a separate event. It wasn’t a long walk from my hotel to the mall, I had a few hours free and Atlanta in the winter is pretty tolerable (even if you’re from LA). So I arrived just in time for pizza and a screening of the most recently-completed episode.
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