Bert Bluestein Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Burt Bluestein

Interviewed by: Kevin Koster

Veteran UPM and 1st AD Burt Bluestein recounts his career working on the sets of both television and film productions, his early days in Manhattan’s “golden age” of advertising, and his long history of service to the Guild.

To describe the job of an Unit Production Manager, Burt Bluestein uses the metaphor of building "an adult sandbox" for the Director to play in.

Faced with the challenge of staging many extras for the New York street scenes in The Godfather: Part II, Bluestein drew on his experience working on The Adventurers in Bogata, Columbia to suggest a creative solution.

Bluestein explains some essential truths about film and television budgets, and questions every UPM must ask him or herself on every project.