Jerry London interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Jerry London

Interviewed by: Mike Robe

Jerry London, acclaimed miniseries and movies for television director, discusses his prolific career, from working as an apprentice editor on I Love Lucy to directing Shōgun, The Scarlet and the Black, Chiefs, and Ellis Island.

Director Jerry London recalls the early warnings he received when taking on the mammoth project of adapting James Clavell's epic novel, Shōgun, about a 17th Century British sea captain in feudal Japan.

Shōgun had many scenes to be shot on the water, and London describes the challenges of shooting one of the open water sequences, and a moment when even the director's best problem solving still wasn't enough to get the perfect shot.

Shōgun offered London the opportunity to work with legendary Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, and the director learned an important lesson about allowing even the biggest stars to perform their own stunts.