In this first Visual History conducted in 2000, director of television and feature films, André De Toth discusses his career, which spanned more than 50 years and two continents; his collaborations with other filmmakers, from John Huston to David Lean; and some of the technical challenges he faced, from the location shooting for Pitfall (1948) and Crime Wave (1954), to the stunts in Carson City (1952) and Springfield Rifle (1952); and the pioneering 3-D effects in House of Wax (1953).
Musical variety director Kirk Browning discusses his almost 60-year career directing some of the most memorable musical and theatrical performances broadcast on television and how he went from being a chicken farmer to directing 185 episodes of Live From Lincoln Center.
Ulu Grosbard, a director of both stage and screen, discusses his work on The Subject Was Roses (1968) and True Confessions (1981). He talks in detail about the art of casting the right actors for specific roles, collaborating with composers, and trying to communicate his vision accurately for the screen.
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.
Milos Forman recounts his infatuation with film as a child during World War II and the difficulties of working under the post-war Czech communist regime. He describes the creative freedom and challenges he found in the USA. He also describes his working philosophy and appreciation for creative rights.
Frank Capra Jr. discusses his long career as both an assistant director and producer, growing up with one of the most well-known directors of all time as a father, and how he transformed Wilmington, N.C. into a production center.
Multihyphenate filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon) shares stories from his long career as a director, writer, producer and actor during the “New Hollywood” era.
UPM and Assistant Director Robert Koster shares the story of his father, Director Henry Koster in the Golden Age of Hollywood, as well as his own experiences on television and film sets from the 1960’s to the ‘90’s.
Director Karl Genus discusses the beginnings of television in the 1950s, directing live and taped television broadcasts, commercials, and his service to the Directors Guild.
Veteran sitcom and pilot director and producer James Burrows (Cheers, Frasier, Taxi) discusses his vast, critically acclaimed and award-winning career directing some of the most iconic series from the 1970s to the present day.
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.
Luis Valdez (La Bamba, Zoot Suit) details his extensive career directing groundbreaking theater, film and television about the Chicano experience.
Veteran news associate director and stage manager Esperanza “Candy” Martinez discusses her long career working for the news crew of WABC in New York, her mentorship of new directors, and her “passion projects” directing documentaries on African-American quilt making.