Avildsen Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with John Avildsen

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

John Avildsen discusses his early years in advertising and working on industrial shorts, which led him to work with Otto Preminger and Arthur Penn, and how he made the leap from independent films like Joe to studio features like Save the Tiger and Rocky.

Director John Avildsen describes how starting out in advertising led to his first job on an independent film, Greenwich Village Story.

Avildsen notes how careful preparation before shooting allows for improvising because all the practical issues have already been worked out.

Avildsen describes how reworking the last scene of Rocky based on composer Bill Conti's music made for the success of the movie.