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Gary Ross on Drive and Inspiration

June 25, 2016

Writer/Director Gary Ross discusses his film trajectory from co-writing the iconic film Big to approaching and adapting Seabiscuit on screen as well as working on historically depicting his new film Free State of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey.
 

ANDREW KEVIN WALKER: SE7EN

JUNE 18, 2016

Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker dissects his bleak thriller masterpiece, Se7en and working with director David Fincher to create the cult classic film.

 

CHRIS COOPER: A CONVERSATION ON ACTING

JUNE 11, 2016

Chris Cooper, the Academy Award® winning Best Supporting Actor for his role in the comedy-drama Adaptation, discusses this acting career in both film and television. Cooper looks back on how he managed to navigate through his roles in iconic films such as Lone Star, Adaptation, American Beauty, Seabiscuit, and August: Osage County among many others.

 

Bonus Clip: Now You See Me 2 with Jon Chu

Director Jon Chu discusses working with writer Ed Solomon on the new film Now You See Me 2. Clips courtesy of Lions Gate Entertainment. Special thanks: Four Seasons Hotel Austin & Fons PR

 

AWKWARD BLACK GIRL: A CONVERSATION WITH ISSA RAE

JUNE 4, 2016

Creator/director/producer/star Issa Rae discusses the unique challenges that surround creating independent webseries, the freedoms that come with doing it your own way, and how to navigate the growing sensation of developing original online content. Followed by The Unexpected, a short webisode from The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl.

 

A CONVERSATION WITH CARL REINER

MAY 28, 2016

Comedy titan Carl Reiner looks back on creating The Dick Van Dyke Show, how the show evolved over the course of its five seasons, and the collaborative efforts of the writers and actors involved. Reiner recalls special moments from behind the scenes and, ultimately, how the creative vision was translated to the screen.

 

daredevil: behind the screen

MAY 21, 2016

Christos and Ruth Fletcher Gage discuss the process of adapting the Marvel comic Daredevil for television. The duo break down the juxtaposition of brute realism and the moral complexity of Daredevil's characters, along with how they navigated the show's unconventional story structure in the writers room.

 

the path of an action writer: a conversation with robert kamen

may 14, 2016

Robert Mark Kamen looks back on his long-time working relationship with Luc Besson and his approach to writing description, violence, and well-developed characters in films such as The Fifth Element, The Transporter, and the Taken franchise. Followed by Luke Patton's short film, Foos Your Daddy?, about a young man's turning point with his overbearing father on the day he leaves for college.

 

RODRIGO GARCIA ON WRITING RELATIONSHIPS

MAY 7,2016

Rodrigo Garcia, whose credits include Albert Nobbs, Nine Lives, Mother and Child, and most recently, Last Days in the Desert, contemplates the importance of writing honest relationships in his work, and the visceral connection audiences have with stories about family.

 

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.