Joyner VH Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Tom Joyner (1943-2023)

Interviewed by: Herb Adelman

As an assistant director and production manager on such classic films as Jaws and The Blues Brothers, Tom Joyner describes the duties, responsibilities, and expectations of AD/UPMs and tells stories from the production and business sides, sharing the pressures of raising a family while working in the entertainment industry and revealing who his favorite director to work with has been.

Tom Joyner describes how Jaws was scheduled around a faulty, mechanical shark.

Joyner recalls how his mentor William S. Gilmore helped him wrangle extras on Tough Enough.

He explains the primary duties of a Unit Production Manager.