Phil Rawlins
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Phil Rawlins

Interviewed by: Tom Joyner

UPM and Assistant Director Phil Rawlins discusses how working as a stuntman on the sets of westerns of the 1950s led to a career working on the sets of big budget feature films.

Phil Rawlins recalls his working style as a television 1st Assistant Director in the studio system in the 1960’s, and lessons he learned from early Hollywood AD Frank Shaw.

Rawlins describes the “vision” an UPM must have for what happens in front of the camera, as well as behind it.

Having worked on countless westerns and been a life-long cattle-roper, Rawlins reveals some of the prep work he regularly had to perform on westerns, including horse casting.