Mackenzie Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Will Mackenzie

Interviewed by: Lee Shallat Chemel

Veteran episodic television director Will Mackenzie (Family Ties, Newhart, Moonlighting) discusses how his early work as an actor and director in musical theatre allowed him to successfully transition to directing for television, and the joys of collaboration on a set.

Will Mackenzie recalls directing the two-part Family Ties special "A, My Name is Alex," comparing it to a broadcast from TV's golden age.

Mackenzie describes how to direct comedy in sitcoms, giving an example of his scene blocking in Reba.

He discusses the importance of keeping sitcom actors playing off each other rather than to the audience.