Avildsen Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with John Avildsen

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

John G. Avildsen developed an early interest in filmmaking from watching his father’s home movies. Starting out in advertising, Avildsen made friends with aspiring director Jack O’Connell, whom he worked with as an assistant director on Greenwich Village Story.

Avildsen describes how starting out in advertising led to his first job on an independent film, Greenwich Village Story.

Avildsen notes how careful preparation before shooting allows for improvising because all the practical issues have already been worked out.

Avildsen describes how reworking the last scene of Rocky based on composer Bill Conti's music made for the success of the movie.