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.