Elodie Keene

Director


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In her nearly four-hour interview, Elodie Keene talks about her early life, and attending film school at UCLA. She describes starting out as an editor for the Norman Lloyd-produced series Tales of the Unexpected, which led to her editing for several Aaron Spelling produced shows such as Fantasy Island and Hart to Hart. She chronicles working for Mark Tinker and Bruce Paltrow as an editor on St. Elsewhere, and later moving on to editing L.A. Law. She recounts becoming a producer and director on L.A. Law, under executive producer Steven Bochco, and winning two Emmy Awards. Keene discusses stints directing ER, and well as the short-lived classic My So-Called Life. She outlines working for Bochco a second time, directing NYPD Blue, where she also worked with writer David Milch and producer Gergory Hoblit. She speaks of working on several series for Ryan Murphy, with whom she has an on-again-off-again professional relationship, including Popular, Glee, and Nip/Tuck. She details directing several other series, including Scrubs, The Fosters, Pretty Little Lies, The Wire, and Switched at Birth. Keene concludes by discussing how opportunities have vastly improved for women in television directing since she began her career. Steven J. Abramson conducted the interview on April 30, 2018 in Sherman Oaks, CA.

“Your job as an editor and a director in the world of television is to figure out what their show is, and try to do it the best possible way you can. And surprise them with something - surprise yourself with something, so that you walk away with something that’s personal.”

Highlights
Elodie Keene on editing St. Elsewhere for Bruce Paltrow and Mark Tinker
05:33
Elodie Keene on advocating for more female directors on L.A. Law
03:48
Elodie Keene on directing episodes of NYPD Blue, and on adjusting to the very different style of the show
03:49
Elodie Keene on directing Cory Monteith's final episode of Glee
02:41
Elodie Keene on directing My So-Called Life, created by Winnie Holzman
05:46
Elodie Keene on directing for Ryan Murphy on the series Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story before being "banished"
06:14
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her early life and influences; on directing projects while in film school at UCLA; on starting out as an editor, and turning to directing
17:34
On editing Tales of the Unexpected for Norman Lloyd; on editing various Aaron Spelling shows, including Fantasy Island and Hart to Hart
19:05
On editing St. Elsewhere for Bruce Paltrow and Mark Tinker; on the shooting style of St. Elsewhere
13:55
On dealing with the actors while editing St. Elsewhere; on how she was assigned episodes of St. Elsewhere to edit; on the impact St. Elsewhere had on medical shows that followed
02:51
On how she came to work for L.A. Law; on working with Steven Bochco and the other writers on L.A. Law; on winning an Emmy for editing L.A. Law
09:29
On becoming a producer for L.A. Law, and on how she came to direct; on winning an Emmy as producer of L.A. Law; on becoming a regular director of L.A. Law
13:15
On advocating for more female directors on L.A. Law; on a typical week directing an episode of L.A. Law; on how the director worked with the director of photography on L.A. Law
15:44

Chapter 2

On choosing ER as her next directing project; on attempting to impose what she'd learned on St. Elsewhere on to directing ER, and on dealing with the sets
14:40
On directing My So-Called Life, created by Winnie Holzman; on directing Claire Danes and Jared Leto on My So-Called Life; on directing the final episode of My So-Called Life without knowing if it was going to get picked up for a second season
13:37
On directing episodes of NYPD Blue, and on adjusting to the very different style of the show; on working with Dennis Franz and Jimmy Smits, and producer David Milch on NYPD Blue; on Gregory Hoblit and David Milch's respective contributions to NYPD Blue
09:00
On Bill Clark, a former member of the New York City Police Department and a producer of NYPD Blue; on Steven Bochco dealing with network censorship issues surrounding the language and nudity on NYPD Blue
05:51
On directing for Ryan Murphy on the series Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story before being "banished"; on what makes Ryan Murphy's work so groundbreaking, and on what it was like to work with him; on the challenges of shooting Ryan Murphy's Nip/Tuck
11:17
On working with the cast of Nip/Tuck; on the challenges of directing Ryan Murphy's Glee; on directing Cory Monteith's final episode of Glee
12:33

Chapter 3

On directing The Closer with Kyra Sedgwick, and on the positive impact it has had for women on television; on directing the first lesbian kiss on television on L.A. Law, and on the lesbian scenes in Pretty Little Liars
15:26
On directing scenes in Switched at Birth in sign language; on directing The Fosters, and on doing socially conscious work; on what she likes about directing
13:11
On her directing style; on the differences between directing comedies like Scrubs and dramas; on directing The Wire for show creator David Simon
16:31
On how the television industry has changed since she started, and on how directing for television has changed; on having creative freedom as a director in television, and on getting notes from networks and studios; on her work being watched on new media
10:34
On how opportunities for women in the industry have changed since she started; on advice that has helped her as a director; on how she would like to be remembered and on being a left-handed director
11:29
Shows

American Horror Story

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Elodie Keene on directing for Ryan Murphy on the series' Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story before being "banished"
06:15

Closer, The

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Elodie Keene on directing The Closer with Kyra Sedgwick, and on the positive impact it has had for women on television
07:01

ER

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Elodie Keene on choosing ER as her next directing project
07:14
Elodie Keene on attempting to impose what she'd learned on St. Elsewhere on to directing ER, and on dealing with the sets
07:26

Emmy Awards, The (Primetime and Daytime)

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Elodie Keene on winning an Emmy for editing L.A. Law
03:18
Elodie Keene on winning an Emmy as producer of L.A. Law
03:07

Fantasy Island

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Elodie Keene on editing various Aaron Spelling shows, including Fantasy Island
06:14

Fosters, The

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Elodie Keene on directing The Fosters, and on doing socially conscious work
04:17

Glee

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Elodie Keene on the challenges of directing Ryan Murphy's Glee
07:20
Elodie Keene on directing Cory Monteith's final episode of Glee
02:41
Elodie Keene on directing for Ryan Murphy on the series Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story before being "banished"
06:15

Hart to Hart

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Elodie Keene on the formula for editing shows like Hart to Hart
02:57

L.A. Law

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Elodie Keene on working with different directors as an editor on shows like L.A. Law and on becoming a director on L.A. Law
03:45
Elodie Keene on how she came to work on L.A. Law
03:57
Elodie Keene on working with Steven Bochco and the other writers on L.A. Law
02:12
Elodie Keene on winning an Emmy for editing L.A. Law
03:18
Elodie Keene on becoming a producer for L.A. Law, and on how she came to direct
06:25
Elodie Keene on winning an Emmy as producer of L.A. Law
03:07
Elodie Keene on becoming a regular director of L.A. Law
03:42
Elodie Keene on advocating for more female directors on L.A. Law
03:48
Elodie Keene on a typical week directing an episode of L.A. Law
04:56
Elodie Keene on working with the regular cast as director of L.A. Law
01:41
Elodie Keene on how the director worked with the director of photography on L.A. Law
05:19
Elodie Keene on directing the first lesbian kiss on television on L.A. Law, and on the lesbian scenes in Pretty Little Liars
02:12

My So-Called Life

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Elodie Keene on directing My So-Called Life, created by Winnie Holzman
05:46
Elodie Keene on directing Claire Danes and Jared Leto (who drove her to distraction) on My So-Called Life
03:21
Elodie Keene on directing the final episode of My So-Called Life without knowing if it was going to get picked up for a second season
04:30

NYPD Blue

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Elodie Keene on directing episodes of NYPD Blue, and on adjusting to the very different style of the show
03:49
Elodie Keene on working with Dennis Franz and Jimmy Smits, and producer David Milch on NYPD Blue
03:47
Elodie Keene on Gregory Hoblit and David Milch's respective contributions to NYPD Blue
01:24
Elodie Keene on Bill Clark, a former member of the New York City Police Department and a producer of NYPD Blue
02:51
Elodie Keene on Steven Bochco dealing with network censorship issues surrounding the language and nudity on NYPD Blue
03:00

Nip/Tuck

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Elodie Keene on the challenges of shooting Ryan Murphy's Nip/Tuck
01:10
Elodie Keene on working with the cast of Nip/Tuck
02:25
Elodie Keene on directing for Ryan Murphy on the series' Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story before being "banished"
06:15

Pretty Little Liars

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Elodie Keene on directing ABC Family series like Pretty Little Liars
06:13

St. Elsewhere

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Elodie Keene on editing St. Elsewhere for Bruce Paltrow and Mark Tinker
05:33
Elodie Keene on the shooting style of St. Elsewhere
02:27
Elodie Keene on editing St. Elsewhere
02:10
Elodie Keene on dealing with the actors while editing St. Elsewhere
01:03
Elodie Keene on how she was assigned episodes of St. Elsewhere to edit
00:48
Elodie Keene on the impact St. Elsewhere had on medical shows that followed
01:00

Switched at Birth

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Elodie Keene on directing scenes on Switched at Birth in sign language
02:31

Tales of the Unexpected

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Elodie Keene on editing Tales of the Unexpected for Norman Lloyd
09:54

Wire, The

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Elodie Keene on directing The Wire for show creator David Simon
05:36
Topics

Advice

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Elodie Keene on advice that has helped her as a director
04:03

Censorship / Standards & Practices

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Elodie Keene on Steven Bochco dealing with network censorship issues surrounding the language and nudity on NYPD Blue
03:00

Classic TV series episodes

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Elodie Keene on directing Claire Danes and Jared Leto on My So-Called Life
03:21

Creative Influences and Inspiration

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Elodie Keene on what makes Ryan Murphy's work so groundbreaking, and on what it was like to work with him
03:52

Diversity in Television

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Elodie Keene on advocating for more female directors on L.A. Law
03:48
Elodie Keene on how opportunities for women in the industry have changed since she started
03:59
Elodie Keene on directing the first lesbian kiss on television on L.A. Law, and on the lesbian scenes in Pretty Little Liars
02:12
Elodie Keene on directing scenes on Switched at Birth in sign language
02:31

Drama

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Elodie Keene on directing Claire Danes and Jared Leto on My So-Called Life
03:21

Emmy Awards

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Elodie Keene on winning an Emmy for editing L.A. Law
03:18
Elodie Keene on winning an Emmy as producer of L.A. Law
03:07

First Big Break

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Elodie Keene on editing Tales of the Unexpected for Norman Lloyd
09:54

Historic Events and Social Change

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Elodie Keene on advocating for more female directors on L.A. Law
03:48
Elodie Keene on how opportunities for women in the industry have changed since she started
03:59
Elodie Keene on directing the first lesbian kiss on television on L.A. Law, and on the lesbian scenes in Pretty Little Liars
02:12
Elodie Keene on directing scenes in Switched at Birth in sign language
02:31

LGBTQ

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Elodie Keene on directing the first lesbian kiss on television on L.A. Law, and on the lesbian scenes in Pretty Little Liars
02:12

New Media

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Elodie Keene on her work being watched on new media
02:23

People with Disabilities

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Elodie Keene on directing scenes on Switched at Birth in sign language
02:31

Pivotal Career Moments

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Elodie Keene on editing Tales of the Unexpected for Norman Lloyd
09:54
Elodie Keene on what makes Ryan Murphy's work so groundbreaking, and on what it was like to work with him
03:52

Pop Culture

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Elodie Keene on directing Claire Danes and Jared Leto on My So-Called Life
03:21

Television Industry

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Elodie Keene on Steven Bochco dealing with network censorship issues surrounding the language and nudity on NYPD Blue
03:00
Elodie Keene on how the television industry has changed since she started, and on how directing for television has changed
05:31
Elodie Keene on having creative freedom as a director in television, and on getting notes from networks and studios
02:40
Elodie Keene on her work being watched on new media
02:23
Elodie Keene on advice that has helped her as a director
04:03

Women

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Elodie Keene on advocating for more female directors on L.A. Law
03:48
Elodie Keene on how opportunities for women in the industry have changed since she started
03:59
Professions

Directors

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Elodie Keene on what she likes about directing
06:22
Elodie Keene on her directing style
06:56
Elodie Keene on the differences between directing comedies like Scrubs and dramas
03:57
Elodie Keene on advice that has helped her as a director
04:03

Editor

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Elodie Keene on the formula for editing shows like Hart to Hart
02:57
Elodie Keene on a typical week directing an episode of L.A. Law
06:37

Post-Production Professionals

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Elodie Keene on the formula for editing shows like Hart to Hart
02:57
Elodie Keene on a typical week directing an episode of L.A. Law
06:37
Genres

Classic Anthology Series

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Elodie Keene on editing Tales of the Unexpected for Norman Lloyd
09:54

Comedy Series

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Elodie Keene on directing for Ryan Murphy on the series Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story
23:54

Cop/Detective/Mystery Series

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Elodie Keene on the formula for editing shows like Hart to Hart
02:57
Elodie Keene on directing episodes of NYPD Blue
14:51
Elodie Keene on directing The Closer with Kyra Sedgwick, and on the positive impact it has had for women on television
07:01
Elodie Keene on directing The Wire for show creator David Simon
05:38

Drama Series

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Elodie Keene on editing various Aaron Spelling shows, including Fantasy Island
06:14
Elodie Keene on directing My So-Called Life
13:37
Elodie Keene on directing ABC Family series like Pretty Little Liars
08:24
Elodie Keene on directing scenes on Switched at Birth in sign language
02:31
Elodie Keene on directing The Fosters, and on doing socially conscious work
04:18

Legal Dramas

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Elodie Keene on editing and directing L.A. Law
38:27

Medical Dramas

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Elodie Keene on editing St. Elsewhere
16:46
Elodie Keene on choosing ER as her next directing project
14:40
Elodie Keene on directing for Ryan Murphy on the series Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story
23:56

Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials

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Elodie Keene on directing for Ryan Murphy on the series Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story
23:56

Sci-Fi/Supernatural Series

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Elodie Keene on directing for Ryan Murphy on the series Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story
23:56
People

Steven Bochco

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Elodie Keene on working with Steven Bochco and the other writers on L.A. Law
02:12
Elodie Keene on Steven Bochco dealing with network censorship issues surrounding the language and nudity on NYPD Blue
03:00

Bill Clark

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Elodie Keene on Bill Clark, a former member of the New York City Police Department and a producer of NYPD Blue
02:51

Claire Danes

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Elodie Keene on directing Claire Danes and Jared Leto (who drove her to distraction) on My So-Called Life
03:21

Dennis Franz

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Elodie Keene on working with Dennis Franz and Jimmy Smits, and producer David Milch on NYPD Blue
03:47

Gregory Hoblit

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Elodie Keene on Gregory Hoblit and David Milch's respective contributions to NYPD Blue
01:24

Winnie Holzman

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Elodie Keene on directing My So-Called Life, created by Winnie Holzman
05:46

Jared Leto

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Elodie Keene on directing Claire Danes and Jared Leto (who drove her to distraction) on My So-Called Life
03:21

Norman Lloyd

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Elodie Keene on editing Tales of the Unexpected for Norman Lloyd
09:54

David Milch

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Elodie Keene on Gregory Hoblit and David Milch's respective contributions to NYPD Blue
01:24

Ryan Murphy

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Elodie Keene on directing for Ryan Murphy on the series Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story before being "banished"
06:14
Elodie Keene on what makes Ryan Murphy's work so groundbreaking, and on what it was like to work with him
03:52
Elodie Keene on directing for Ryan Murphy on the series Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story before being "banished"
06:13
Elodie Keene on what makes Ryan Murphy's work so groundbreaking, and on what it was like to work with him
03:52
Elodie Keene on the challenges of shooting Ryan Murphy's Nip/Tuck
01:10

Bruce Paltrow

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Elodie Keene on editing St. Elsewhere for Bruce Paltrow and Mark Tinker
05:33

Kyra Sedgwick

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Elodie Keene on directing The Closer with Kyra Sedgwick, and on the positive impact it has had for women on television
07:01

David Simon

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Elodie Keene on directing The Wire for show creator David Simon
05:36

Jimmy Smits

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Elodie Keene on working with Dennis Franz and Jimmy Smits, and producer David Milch on NYPD Blue
03:47

Aaron Spelling

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Elodie Keene on editing various Aaron Spelling shows, including Fantasy Island
06:14

Mark Tinker

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Elodie Keene on editing St. Elsewhere for Bruce Paltrow and Mark Tinker
05:33

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