Schiller Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Lawrence Schiller

Interviewed by: Robert Markowitz

Lawrence Schiller discusses moving into producing and directing from his early career as a photographer and photojournalist, his collaboration with Norman Mailer on the book, The Executioner’s Song and their 1982 adaptation for television which he produced and directed, and his other movies for television such as American Tragedy (2000), based on the book he co-wrote about the O.J. Simpson trial.

Lawrence Schiller discusses his philosophy of directing and the advice he got from renowned cinematographer Vittorio Storraro.

Schiller describes how he shot an insert on Mullholland Drive in Hollywood to capture a great moment missing from his documentary The Man Who Skied Down Everest.

Getting the screenplay of Peter the Great approved by the Soviet government so he could shoot the miniseries in Russia.