Mel Stuart Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Mel Stuart

Interviewed by: Chuck Workman

Mel Stuart (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Wattstax, Four Days in November) discusses his long and varied career as a director and producer of everything from fantastical musical pieces to hard-cutting political documentaries, and his working philosophies, among them, his Five Rules to “making it” in the film industry.

Director Mel Stuart lists his "Five Things" you need to succeed in the entertainment business.

Stuart discusses how in his documentary "Wattstax," he merged music, culture and politics into what was originally a concert film, and how that process led him to a young Richard Pryor.

Stuart recounts tales behind "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," from the urging of his daughter, to a fortuitous meeting with Quaker Oats, and a transatlantic phone call to come up with the last line of dialogue.