Robert Relyea Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Robert Relyea

Interviewed by: Cleve Landsberg

Assistant director, UPM, producer and studio executive Robert Relyea discusses his work on some of the most significant films he worked on including West Side Story, Bullitt and The Magnificent Seven. Relyea explains the importance of safety on the set, why the second AD needs to know as much as the producer, and what not to say to the head of a studio.

Robert Relyea describes the challenges of being the first Assistant Director on West Side Story, the unique relationship he had with the young cast, and a "hair-raising" incident at the wrap party.

Relyea recounts how his AD/UPM experience prepared him to work on The Great Escape, and how he learned to never give a budget number off the top of his head to long time mentor and collaborator, legendary director John Sturges.

Relyea shares advice on how the Director and Unit Production Manager can best work together as a team.