Simon Wincer Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Simon Wincer

Interviewed by: Mike Robe

Australian Director Simon Wincer (Lonesome Dove, Free Willy) discusses his career in feature films and mini-series, shares stories from his many Westerns, and describes the importance of being passionate and prepared on set.

Director Simon Wincer recounts a story from Lonesome Dove that highlights the need for a director to be flexible when presented with situations one cannot control.

Simon Wincer discusses the genre he spent much of his career working in: Westerns; including tricks of the trade and how trips to the Australian bush early in his life helped instill a life-long appreciation of light, weather, and landscape.

Wincer describes the combination of set tricks and early use of CGI he used to create the iconic whale escape sequence in Free Willy.