This week's On Story Podcast features writer/producer Michael Green, Thor and X-Men First Class screenwriter Ashley Miller, The Avengers and The Incredible Hulk screenwriter Zak Penn, and writer/prducer John Turman discussing the worlds of DC vs. Marvel. Hear our panelists discuss the differences between writing within both realms and their approaches to tackling the presentation of the superhero worlds to their specific audiences.
We've paired this conversation with director, cinematographer, and screenwriter Rodrigo Garcia. Garcia has directed several award winning independent films as well as episodes of many major television series including Six Feet Under, Carnivale, Big Love, and In Treatment. Garcia's next film Last Days in The Desert is slated for release later in 2014. In this week's podcast, Garcia answers the question "How does a writer make it work?"
Sydney Pollack, David Milch, Shane Black
Memorable Characters and the Language of Storytelling
Sydney Pollack, David Milch, Shane Black
Memorable Characters and the Language of Storytelling
This week on Austin Film Festival’s On Story Podcast, Memorable Characters and the Language of Storytelling with Sydney Pollack, David Milch and Shane Black.
Actor, producer, and director Sydney Pollack has over one hundred film credits spanning six decades. He directed a number of memorable films such as Tootsie, The Firm, and Out Of Africa, which won him an Academy Award® for Best Director.
In addition to working on sixty-nine episodes of Hill Street Blues, Writer/Producer David Milch also created the shows, Deadwood, NYPD Blue, Luck, The Big Apple, and John from Cincinnati.
Writer director Shane Black redefined the buddy movie genre in the late 1980’s with the screenplay for Lethal Weapon. He later became known for creating memorable and complex characters not usually associated with the action genre and in his own distinct cinematic voice, gave us the screenplays to The Last Boyscout, and The Long Kiss Goodnight, as well as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3, both of which he also directed.
All three were awarded at the 2006 Austin Film Festival & Conference. Audio from a panel featuring all three was used for this On Story Podcast. Hear them discuss finding the spine of the story, the source of their characters, and the value of style. Black, Pollack, and Milch all divulge what it takes to create memorable characters and their different approaches to writing.
Apes and Leftovers: Theme, Character, and Adaptation
With the box office success of Dawn of Planet of the Apes, this week's On Story Podcast features Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, screenwriters of the Planet of the Apes franchise. Hear them discuss theme, character, and apes from audio from the 19th annual Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference.
We've paired their discussion with audio of Tom Perrotta with screenwriter Damon Lindelof, discussing the adaptation of Perrotta's novel The Leftovers for HBO. The Leftovers takes place in the wake of a global "Rapture" is based on Tom Perrotta's novel by the same name. Tom Perrotta shares his perspective as a novelist- describing the adaptation of his works by Alexander Payne with Election and Todd Field with Little Children, as well as his own experiences adapting his work for the screen and thinking like a writer.
The Writer Director
We were very saddened to lose industry great Paul Mazursky last week. Mazursky's career spanned more than 50 years with over two hundred film credits. He was a five time Academy Award® Nominee including once for Best Picture in 1978 for his film, An Unmarried Woman, which he wrote and directed. We were fortunate to have him at the 7th annual Austin Film Festival and Conference in 2000 to present him the Distinguished Screenwriter Award. That year he sat down with Steve Zaillian for a panel on the pleasures and perils of writing and directing. This week's On Story podcast features audio from that panel.
Taking a Write out of Crime
This On Story Podcast features novelist and screenwriter, George Pelecanos, Filmmaker Rian Johnson, and screenwriter Peter Craig.
George Pelecanos is the author of more than 20 crime novels and is also known for his work on HBO's The Wire, Treme and The Pacific. Peter Craig's filmography includes 2010's The Town starring Ben Affleck and two forthcoming installments of The Hunger Games. Writer Director Rian Johnson's films include Brick, The Brothers Bloom and Looper. He's slated to write and direct Star Wars Episode VIII.
Hear our panelists describe the virtues of writing novels, crime fiction as a cultural canon, and innovative approaches to economy in a screenplay.
Today's podcast was recorded at the Taking a Write out of Crime panel at the 20th Austin Film Festival in 2014.
A Conversation with Eric Roth
Academy Award winning screenwriter Eric Roth is responsible for films such as Forrest Gump, The Insider, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Munich, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Ali, The Good Shepherd, and many others. Eric Roth received the 2012 Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the 19th annual Austin Film Festival and Conference.This episode begins with Eric Roth discussing his greatest hits and misses, The Postman, Forest Gump, Ali and Munich. Roth also shares his experiences working with great actors and directors, adaptations, and his view on writing biopic characters.
A Conversation with Jeff Nichols
Jeff Nichols is the writer director behind the films Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and last year's critically acclaimed Mud Starring Mathew McConaughey, Ray McKinnon Sam Shepard and Michael Shannon. His next film, "Midnight Special" is now in post-production and is slated to open in 2015. Jeff Nichols talks about his process when creating what he calls "experimental" films.
Jenji Kohan and Ray McKinnon
Jenji Kohan-a writer, producer and director, who created the Showtime comedy-drama Weeds and more recently, the Netflix hit Orange Is the New Black which streams its second season this June of 2014. Jenji Kohan describes adapting Piper Kerman's prison biography Orange is the new Black for the screen, Balancing life and showrunning, staffing the writer's room, film vs television and finding a new home at Netflix.
Ray McKinnon is an actor, screenwriter, director and producer who won an academy award for his 2001 short, the accountant- A dark comedic narrative, which explores the plight of America's family farms. Mckinnon created series Rectify which is currently on the Sundance Channel and tells the story of a man adjusting to life after being exonerated for a crime he did not commit, and for which he spent 19 years on Death Row.
A Conversation with Ed Solomon
At age 21, Ed Solomon was a staff writer on Laverne and Shirley and the youngest person to be accepted into the Writers Guild of America. His credits include films in the Bill and Ted franchise, the film Levity starring Billy Bob Thornton, Holly Hunter, Morgan Freeman and Kirsten Dunst, the thriller Now You See Me with Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo and Woody Harrelson and of course the classic Sci-Fi comedy, Men in Black. Listen as Solomon describing the genesis of Men In Black, getting fired, getting re-hired, and casting Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Other topics discussed include: Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and appreciating success. Today's podcast was recorded at KLRU studio 6A during our On Story Season 4 release party and live taping on April 16th 2014.
Advancing Your Writing Career
Writing competitions can be a lucrative venue to break into the industry and have yielded countless success stories. Hear from Matt Dy, Austin Film Festival's Screenplay and Teleplay Competition Director, Greg Beal, the Director of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, and past winners of both competitions discuss the ins and outs of these competitions. Moderated by screenwriter and Enderby Entertainment partner Daniel Petrie, Jr. Special thanks to the Writer's Guild Foundation for their collaboration on this episode. This episode was recorded at the 2014 From First Draft to Feature Symposium hosted by Austin Film Festival and the Writers Guild foundation.
Out of The Vault: Matt Weiner / Mike Judge
This week's On Story® Podcast features writer and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and writer and director Mike Judge!
Mad Men returns to television with its seventh and final season April 13th so we're bringing you audio from our "Shot of Inspiration" panel from the 16th annual Austin Film Festival in 2009. Hear Weiner talk about the start of his writing career, the importance of film school peers, and how he transitioned from being a comedy writer to the creation of Mad Men.
This episode also features audio from the 12th annual Austin Film Festival in 2005. Mike Judge, creator of iconic characters from Beavis and Butthead to the cast of King of the Hill. His new series Silicon Valley, premieres Sunday, April 6th. Listen as Judge describes the origins of Office Space as an animated short, Terry Gilliam as a source of inspiration, and the creative challenges in naming characters.
Out of the Vault: Harold Ramis
Iconic writer and filmmaker Harold Ramis attended Austin Film Festival and Conference in 2005 as our Distinguished Screenwriter Awardee. His films include Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day and Caddyshack, to name a few. In this week's podcast, listen as Ramis discusses the joys of filmmaking, his time working on Animal House and how he can only look at his career in retrospect. From what he looked for in a script and to what it's like to work with Bill Murray, Ramis' reflection on his career and advice to writers is timeless.
A Conversation with Terry George
This On Story® podcast features prolific screenwriter Terry George. George made his screenwriting debut with the 1993 film In the Name of the Father, starring Daniel Day-Lewis. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards including best-adapted screenplay. He went on to write and direct the film Some Mother's Son, starring Helen Mirren, and later, earned his second Oscar nomination for the 2004 film HOTEL RWANDA. Today's podcast was recorded at the 12th Austin Film Festival in 2005 and the 14th Austin Film Festival in 2007. Hear George discuss drafting two different scripts for a project, the difference between film and television and an interesting and prescient observation from way back in 2005. Additional Terry George will be a panelist at the 21st Austin Film Festival in October 2014. We begin with a clip from the 2005 panel, Writers Who Direct.
Rob Thomas, Chris Lowell and Veronica Mars!
This week's BONUS On Story Podcast features A Conversation about Veronica Mars with the show's creator local Austinite Rob Thomas and star of the show and upcoming film, Chris Lowell. Listen in for a behind the scenes look at creating the film.
Jason Reitman's UP IN THE AIR / AFF Awards Season
This week's On Story Podcast features audio from Austin Film Festival's 2009 screening of Up In The Air with writer/director and Golden Globe winner Jason Reitman in anticipation of this Sunday's UP IN THE AIR writh Jason Reitman: LIVE From The Director's Chair event. Hear Reitman talk about his path to becoming a film director, then join us Sunday to hear Reitman's live commentary on the film that earned him Oscar nominations for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing, and Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay.
With Awards season in full swing, the second half of this weeks podcast we're bringing you past winner, nominees and AFF Award Winners. Panelists include Barry Josephson, Calli Khouri, Eric Roth, and Oliver Stone.
A Conversation with Beau Willimon
A Conversation with Beau Willimon features audio recorded at the 20th Annual Austin Film Festival. Hear Beau Willimon discuss writing Ides of March and how his politcal writing background readied him for the House of Cards project. Learn the ins and outs of House of Cards' as the premiere original programming series for Netflix and how their experimental approach enabled the show's creators to have full artistic control. Willimon also discusses working with David Fincher, dissecing a season, and breaking the fourth wall.
Paul Thomas Anderson Talks with Jonathan Demme
This On Story Podcast features A Conversation between Jonathan Demme (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, PHILADELPHIA) and Paul Thomas Anderson (MAGNOLIA, THERE WILL BE BLOOD) at the 20th Annual Austin Film Festival.
Hear Anderson and Demme discuss career paths, the evolution of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, and how Napoleon Dynamite inspired Demme to move away from big budget films. This podcast was recorded October 26th, 2013 at the Austin Film Festival.
Out of the Vault: A Conversation with Ron Howard
This On Story Episode comes "Out of the Vault" from the 16th Annual Austin film Festival in 2009 where Ron Howard was honored with the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award. A Conversation with Ron Howard sheds light on his career from child actor to being one of the most recognizable name in Directing. Listen to hear Howard discuss selecting a script and investing in a story with Apollo 13, Lessons from his father, Rance Howard, and filmmaking pitfalls he's had to navigate throughout his career.
A Conversation with Vince Gilligan
The Austin Film Festival 12 Days of Christmas Sale starts Friday, December 13th. Visit austinfilmfestival.com to sign up for our newsletter, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @austinfilmfest to get the latest update on our Snowflake Sales for discounts on badges and more! Today's podcasat features A Conversation with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. Hear Gilligan talk about how he was discovered at a film festival, writing for The X-Files, casting Breaking Bad, and more!
A Conversation with Frank Darabont
In anticipation of the debut of Frank Darabont's Mob City on TNT this December 4th, we bring you this Conversation with one of our favorite Writer/Directors and 2012's AFF Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Awardee. Hear Darabont discuss the transition of writing A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 to writing Shawshank Redemption, his favorite moments in Austin, and more!
2014 Sneak Preview
The On Story Podcast is back and better than ever! The 20th Annual Austin Film Festival was our most successful yet and we can't wait to share panels, interviews, and film Q&A's with you through On Story.
This week's podcast features highlights from this year's Festival and Conference, and a look at what's in store for the 2014 Podcast series. Hear Vince Gilligan talk about the experience of pitching Breaking Bad and Jonathan Demme talk about the casting of Silence of the Lambs (spoiler alert, it almost wasn't Jodie Foster). Get the pros and cons of becoming a brand from Lindsay Doran and why Jenji Kohan has a no asshole policy on her writing teams. Other tidbits include insight from Ray McKinnon, Ed Solomon, Jay Wade Edwards and Steve Faber.
20th Annual Austin Film Festival Day One Highlight
Writer, director, and cinematograper Rodrigo Garcia talks about writing and independent filmmaking as well as growing up around writers and how he tackles questions aroudn the influence his upbringing has on his writing.
This week's On Story podcast features an introduction from Austin Film Festival Conference Director Erin Hallagan with an update on what you can expect from the 20th Annual Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference. Badges and Passes can be purchased at www.austinfilmfestival.com
BIGGEST EPISODE EVER!
In honor of our 20th Annual Conference Schedule Announcement tomorrow we've got the biggest On Story podcast yet! Check out this week's podcast for a glimpse of past panels and panelists and what our registrants return for year after year: a behind the scenes look at the Film and Television industry. This week's podcast focuses insight from past panelists such as Ron Howard, Caroline Thompson, Paul Feig, Frank Darabont, Shane Black, Caroline Thompson and more!
A Conversation with Mitch Hurwitz
Television writer and producer Mitch Hurwitz is best known as the creator of Arrested Development, which was recently revived after seven years off the air. Hurwitz's carreer began in the 1980s, writing for the Golden Girls and The John Larroquette show. In today's On Story Podcast, we feature Mitch Hurwitz and his friend and colleague, Paul Feig, who moderated this panel at the 16th Annual Austin Film Festival in 2009.
A Conversation with Jay and Mark Duplass
Brothers Jay and Mark Duplass are often associated with mumblecore, a subgenre of independent film, characterized by low budget production, amateur actors, and naturalistic dialogue. These two multi-talented filmmakers have since graduated to a larger scale with 2010's CYRUS, which features John C Reilly, Marissa Tomei and Jonah Hill, 2011's JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms, and the upcoming HBO series Togetherness which premiers in 2014. The two have continued to make small independent films despite their successes. Today's podcast was recorded at the 18th annual Austin Film Festival on October 22nd 2011.
DC vs. Marvel
The screenwriters behind the films THOR, THE AVENGERS, HULK, X-MEN and more discuss origin stories, comic book dynasties and writing super hero blockbusters for the big screen. Our panelists explain the process for writing villains, and preparing to write a comic book adaptation. Michael Green, Ashley Miller, Zak Penn and John Turman deliberate the differences between DC and Marvel Studios.
A Conversation with Maggie Carey
After having two short films selected by Austin Film Festival - DANCE CLUB in 2002 and JENNY CLONE (2006) - Carey's script for THE TO DO LIST (formerly THE HAND JOB) made it onto The Black List. Austin Film Festival's partnership with The Black List brought this UT Austin alumn home for a Script Reading at the 17th Annual Austin Film Festival in 2010. Three years later, Carey's script has been developed into a major motion picture featuring an all-star comedy cast including Aubrey Plaza, Carey's husband and SNL cast member Bill Hader, Rachel Bilson, and Andy Samberg to name just a few. Maggie Carey begins talking about breaking into the industry.
At a time when Hollywood has seen a reimagining of the "Horror" genre, we examine the nature of terror, the craft of making films that play on audience's primal fears and the state of an industry that is sometimes confused about things that go bump in the night. Filmmaker and screenwriter Mick Garris is best known for his adaptations of Stephen King stories and as the creator of the Showtime series Masters of Horror. British-born writer-producer-director Pen Densham gave us television revivals of The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone. Eric Heisserer is the emerging screenwriter behind the reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street with contributions to John Carpenters prequel to The Thing and the fifth film in the Final Destination franchise.
July 03, 3013
Loglines with Scott Rosenberg (writer CON AIR, GONE IN 60 SECONDS, HIGH FIDELITY), Terry Rossio (writer ALADDIN, PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, SHREK), and Ashley Miller (writer THOR, X-MEN FIRST CLASS), discuss the creation of the emotional "hook" that can make or break a film pitch. Whether you have an exciting treatment, a final draft of a script, or even a completed film seeking distribution, you'll need a way to summarize your work while providing an emotional hook to stimulate interest. This podcast was recorded at the 19th Annual Austin Film Festival.
IT'S A DISASTER!
June 19, 2013
Austin Film Festival 2012 Marquee Film It's a Disaster is now available On Demand on Itunes. This On Story Podcast was taped at the 19th Annual Austin Film Festival and Conference and features IT'S A DISASTER director Todd Berger, and stars Julia Stiles, Kevin M. Brennan, and Jeff Grace. This low budge hit employs a single location and an ensemble cast to depict four couples who have gathered together for Sunday brunch, when they realize that several dirty bombs have been set off nearby.
A Conversation with Paul Feig
Paul Feig is a three-time Emmy nominated Writer/Director, best known for directing the 2011 smash hit BRIDESMAIDS and for the beloved series Freaks and Geeks which TIME magazine listed as one of the "100 Greatest Shows of All Time". Feig has directed multiple episodes of the television series "Arrested Development", "The Office," "Nurse Jackie," "Weeds," "30 Rock," and "Mad Men." In 2008 his work on "The Office" earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Direction in a Comedy Series. This Summer, Feig is back in the director's chair with THE HEAT. In this week's podcast, Feig discusses storytelling, comedy roots, and shooting "Freaks and Geeks."
BONUS: Damon Lindelof on LOST
As a special treat for those of our listeners who were fans of the show "Lost", we're releasing a special bonus podcast of our latest episode, A Conversation with Damon Lindelof. We'd like to warn any listeners out there who are interested in the series but who have yet to see it, this bonus is full of spoilers.
A Conversation with Damon Lindelof
Writer/Producer Damon Lindelof is best knows as the co-creator and showrunner of the acclaimed television series Lost and for his work on Crossing Jordan, Nash Bridges, COWBOYS & ALIENS, PROMETHEUS and two STAR TREK reboots, the second of which, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, is now in theaters. Today's podcast was recorded at the 19th annual Austin Film Festival.
A Conversation with Shane Black
Writer director Shane Black redefined the buddy movie genre in the late 1980s with the screenplay for LETHAL WEAPON. He later became known for creating memorable and complex characters not usually associated with the action genre and in his own distinct cinematic voice, gave us the screenplays to THE LAST BOYSCOUT, and the LONG KISS GOODNIGHT and KISS KISS BANG BANG which he also directed. Shane Black returns this year, once again wearing both hats as writer director of Iron Man 3, which is currently in its second week at number one in the box office.
A Conversation with Brian Helgeland
Academy Award winning screenwriter, film producer and director Brian Helgeland is best known for the screenplays for L.A. Confidential, Mystic River and A Knight's Tale. Today's podcast was recorded on April 10th 2013 at a special screening of the recent hit biopic 42, which Helgeland wrote and directed which tells the story of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers 1947. The film stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as famed Brooklyn Dodgers team executive, Branch Rickey.
Writing Television Comedy with Larry Wilmore
Larry Wilmore started his career as an actor and stand-up comedian before writing and producing on early nineties classic television shows such as "In Living Color," "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and "The Jamie Foxx Show." He later co-created "The PJs" with Eddie Murphy and "The Bernie Mac Show." Wilmore was consulting producer and appeared in "The Office" and returned to performing in earnest as the Senior Black Correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stuart and numerous other acting roles. In January 2009, Hyperion published Wilmore's I'd Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts, a political humor book described by Booklist as "a faux collection of articles, essays, radio transcripts, and letters exploring the more ludicrous angles on race." In 2012, Wilmore hosted the Showtime series Race, Religion and Sex, a "town hall" style comedy special where Wilmore prescribes to a "passionate centrist" point of view, allowing him to instigate a provocative dialogue as he dissects race, religion and sex in America.
Today's podcast was recorded at the 14th annual Austin Film Festival on October 12th 2007
A Conversation with James Franco
Actor, filmmaker, author and educator James Franco first rose to prominence on the cult sensation FREAKS AND GEEKS and has since followed with unforgettable roles in films both large and small. He won a Golden Globe early in his career for his portrayal of film icon James Dean and was nominated for an Academy award in the best actor category for his role in 127 hours. In addition to his contributions in the industry, Franco teaches a course in short film production at the University of Southern California and a course in screenwriting at UCLA where he is an adjunct professor of English.
A Conversation with David Chase
With a career spanning more than 30 years in television, David Chase's work as a writer, director and producer has cut a wide swath contributing to such shows as The Rockford Files and Northern Exposure and as creator of HBO's The Sopranos. Portions of today's podcast were recorded at the 7th annual Austin Film Festival and at the 19th annual Austin Film Festival as part of our on going A Conversation With series. Chase's new film Not Fade Away is in theatres now.
A Conversation with Lawrence Kasdan
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, BODY HEAT THE BIG CHILL, SILVERADO, THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST, RETURN OF THE JEDI. Lawrence Kasdan has written, directed, or produced more than twenty-four motion pictures, among them, some of the most successful films of all time. Today's podcast was recorded at the 18th annual Austin Film Festival on October 20th 2011 as part of AFF's on going "A Conversation With" series.
Zombies, Apes, and Vampires!
The heroes and monsters from the B-movies of yesteryear have experienced a rebirth as films like ZOMBIELAND and RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES reinvigorate the tried-and-true monster movie formula. Today on the Austin Film Festival Podcast we'll explore the evolution of the monster genre, and how filmmakers continue to find new ways to interpret to their old favorites.
2013 Sneak Preview
A sneak preview of what's to come on the On Story podcast and the On Stoy television show in 2013.