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ZOMBIE AND GROOT - BRINGING COMICS TO LIFE

APRIL 30,2016

Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Angela Kang (The Walking Dead) explore navigating a male-dominated industry as female genre writers. The women discuss tackling comic book adaptations, the importance of character development, and the fine line between staying true to the spirit of the source material while also breathing new life into pre-existing storylines.

 

NORMAN LEAR - A RETROSPECTIVE

APRIL 23, 2016

Perhaps one of the most influential contributors to the landscape of situational comedies and progressive writing in Hollywood, Norman Lear transformed a genre known for play-it-safe humor into a platform for how Americans experience social issues. In this week's On Story, Lear remembers a few of his favorite episodes and how he created some of the most beloved characters in the history of television.

 

JOHN SINGLETON AND HIS CLASSIC INFLUENCES

APRIL 16, 2016

John Singleton, the youngest and first African American filmmaker to win an Academy Award® for his work on Boyz N the Hood, discusses his process, influences, and inspirations, from the work of acclaimed playwright August Wilson to pioneering directors Spike Lee and Federico Fellini.

 

JAMES FRANCO: A LOOK INSIDE 127 HOURS

April 9, 2016

James Franco reveals his unique experience working on 127 Hours, including his faith in director Danny Boyle's vision, and the collaborative approach from cast and crew to fulfill the tension needed to capture this true and tantalizing story. Followed by the allegorical short film, Voice Over, directed by Martin Rosete, about a few extreme situations that literally take your breath away.

 

Frank darabont: A filmmaker's journey 

April 2, 2016

Frank Darabont, writer and director of such classics as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist, discusses adapting works by Stephen King and keeping his characters at the core of the story.

 

comedy that resonates

March 26, 2016

Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld writer/producer Alec Berg and Bridesmaids director and Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig pull back the curtain to show how they create comedy that resonates with us all. Followed by the hilarious short film Spit by writer/director Benjamin Hayes.

 

tommy lee jones: bringing the three burials of melquiades estrada to life

March 19, 2016

Tommy Lee Jones, writer, director, and protagonist of The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, reflects on the making of the film, accompanied by some of his cast and crew. Followed by Roy Rutngamlug's short film, Formosa, TX, about a first generation Asian-American's fleeting encounter with an out-of-towner who stumbles upon his family's diner.

 

romantic comedies

march 12, 2016

The screenwriters behind Never Been Kissed, Safe Haven, Going the Distance and He's Just Not That Into You contemplate the important balance of relationship, conflict and originality when creating romantic comedies. Followed by the short film, Do Over by David Fabelo, illustrating several failed judicious attempts of mastering a first date.

 

writing the fantastical: a conversation with David Magee

March 5, 2016

David Magee discusses adapting Finding Neverland and Life Of Pi, and how he approached translating such imaginative worlds for the screen. Followed by The Return, Jeremy Mackie's short film about a college graduate who is literally scared off the scene of his first job.

 

house of cards: a conversation with beau willimon

February 27, 2016

House of Cards creator, Beau Willimon, discusses writing for Netflix, working with David Fincher, and delving into the psychology of narrative power struggles. Artiz Moreno's short film, Colera, follows with an ominous glimpse of a town that decides to take the law into their own hands, without considering the consequences.

 

better call saul: a conversation with Peter gould

February 20, 2016

Peter Gould, writer, producer, and director of Breaking Bad and co-creator of its spinoff Better Call Saul discuss shifting gears, schemes, and swindles within the world of Saul Goodman pre-Walter White.

 

the evolution of funny: larry wilmore has arrived

february 13, 2016

Larry Wilmore, the Senior Black Correspondent on The Daily Show and creator of The Bernie Mac Show reflects upon different forms of comedy, his own comic influences, and always looking to maximize comedic potential.

 

a conversation with john ridley

february 6, 2016

John Ridley reflects on his beginnings and the inspirations that have shaped his approach to screenwriting, with a special look into his journey adapting the Academy Award®-winning script for 12 Years a Slave. Accompanied by Alex Clark's short film, Siren, about two ambulance paramedics faced with an emergency that's out of this world.