Paul Mazursky reflects on his career as a director, writer, and actor, including directing films like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) and Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), and his involvement in the DGA, especially in the area of creative rights.
Acclaimed comedy director, writer and producer Jerry Zucker shares his experiences crafting iconic films like Airplane! and Ghost, and discusses collaborating with his brother David Zucker and friend Jim Abrahams, working with both comedic and dramatic actors, as well as his personal philosophies on humor.
Television director and producer Lee Shallat Chemel (The Middle, Gilmore Girls, Murphy Brown) discusses her long career directing episodic comedy, how she got her start on Family Ties, and the importance of her Guild service.
Miloš Forman discusses his career from the difficulties making films like Loves of a Blonde and The Fireman's Ball under the Soviet
regime in his native Czechoslovakia, to directing award winning films like like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeaus with the creative freedom he found in the United States.
Director Randa Haines (Children of a Lesser God, The Ron Clark Story) discusses her career in feature films and movies for television, sharing, among other highlights, how she selected Marlee Matlin from a background role and directed her to an Oscar-winning performance.
Director Robert Altman describes his working philosophy, often comparing filmmaking to painting, and discusses the sources of his storytelling and directing techniques he used on films like M*A*S*H, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, and The Player.
Barry Levinson (Rain Man, The Natural, Diner) reflects on his first big break on the local Los Angeles comedy show, Lohman and Barkley, his early apprenticeship with Mel Brooks as a writer, and his working methods and philosophy, including the importance of improvisation on the set.
Jesús Treviño discusses his career as a director of documentaries, episodic series and movies for television and his work on the series Resurrection Blvd.. Treviño also shares his working philosophy, his responsibility as a director in representing his community, and his involvement with the DGA’s Latino Committee.
Assistant Director Yudi Bennett shares stories from her extensive career from the early beginnings of the DGA’s Assistant Director Training Program in New York, to the sets of award-winning feature films and television movies.
Veteran Television director Rod Holcomb discusses his career beginnings on The Six Million Dollar Man, his vision for shooting the pilots of hit shows ER, The A-Team, and China Beach, and the importance of maintaining directors’ creative rights.
News Director Eric Shapiro discusses his long career working at CBS News, developing programs like 48 Hours and Face the Nation and directing the CBS Evening News.
Garry Marshall discusses his career as a writer, producer and director on shows like Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley, and on feature films like Beaches (1988), Pretty Woman (1990), and New Year's Eve (2011). Marshall also discusses his service with the DGA, working to protect the director’s creative vision.
Assistant Director and Production Manager Abby Singer talks about his career in features and television, his involvement in the Guild, and his personal perspective on changes in the entertainment industry spanning 50 years.