David McGiffert Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with David McGiffert

Interviewed by: Tim Engle

Assistant Director David McGiffert discusses his extensive career working on directorial teams of such noted directors as Sydney Pollack, Taylor Hackford, and Robert Zemeckis.

1st Assistant Director David McGiffert details the amount of planning and work that went into creating the iconic shot of Tom Cruise running through an completely empty Times Square in Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky.

McGiffert recalls a clever workaround he developed with Director Sydney Pollack on the set of Tootsie that helped them corral the always-in-character Dustin Hoffman.

McGiffert offers praise and thanks to the DGA for helping him to save for his future and keeping him informed of his rights and responsibilities throughout his career.