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This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Michael Pressman

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

Director Michael Pressman discusses his 40-plus year directorial career in feature film (Boulevard Nights, Some Kind of Hero), movies for television (Private Sessions, A Season for Miracles), and episodic television, where he has directed and produced hundreds of episodes (Blue Bloods, Picket Fences, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Med).

On Law & Order

Director Michael Pressman talks about the role of the guest director on an episodic television series and speaks specifically about a directorial choice he made on an episode of Law & Order.

On Tight Deadlines

Pressman shares a story about shooting Boulevard Nights with Cinematographer John Bailey when a tight deadline inspired some of the best shots of the film and how "fundamentally, directing is thinking on your feet."

On the Strength of the Guild

Pressman speaks about one of the Guild's strengths, which is ensuring TV directors are consulted about reshoots on their episodes and aren't able to have their creative rights undermined.