Irvin Kershner Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Irvin Kershner

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

Veteran director Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back, Never Say Never Again) discusses his long career in film and TV, directing for some of the most well-known and beloved franchises of all time.

Director Irvin Kershner reveals the trickery he used while working on Empire Strikes Back to keep secret one of the most famous lines in cinema history, "I am your father."

Kershner discusses his preparation for shooting Empire Strikes Back, including the detailed storyboards he created to seamlessly merge his footage and special effects.

Kershner describes the essential work he does with actors when short on rehearsal time, and the decisions a director makes to create a fully realized world in a film.