VH150 Sayles Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with John Sayles

Interviewed by: Jace Alexander

Indie filmmaker John Sayles began his career writing short stories and novels until he became interested in screenplays and, as a sample to show an agent, adapted the novel Eight Men Out into a script (which he eventually directed in 1988).

John Sayles recounts his first day ever on a movie set and the important lessons he learned about directing by watching Joe Dante direct the low-budget indie Piranha.

Sayles explains how he achieved complicated coverage in Return of the Secaucus Seven with limited film stock and a creative concept.

He describes how he works outside of the studio system, works with actors to gain their trust and his uniquely collaborative style.