This series focuses on the inspiration and creative process at the conception of the filmmaking process. It includes interviews and footage from leading screenwriters and filmmakers discussing their craft and films, recorded at past Austin Film Festival panels and screenings. Each episode pairs these conversations with a short film from an emerging filmmaker; these shorts have previously screened at the Austin Film Festival.
A Conversation with Damon Lindelof, Co-Creator of Lost and Co-writer/Producer STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (#306) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Damon Lindelof discusses his hand in some of the most celebrated and scrutinized works of science fiction over the past five years, and how much of their success is attributed to writing stories that leave a lot up to one's imagination. Followed by Martin Rosete's allegorical short film, Voice Over, about a few extreme situations that literally take your breath away.
The Evolution of Funny: TV Comedy with Larry Wilmore (#308) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
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. Followed by two short films about courage and endurance: Chris Bourke and Kevin Harger's LOVE, EMILY, shadowing young love and how to best navigate its awkward terrain, and Andrea Gomez's 036, measuring the fortitude and grit required to survive the paper-pushing, no-nonsense depths of cubicle number 036.
Elements of Great Horror (#304H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Professional horror writers explore how great drama lies at the core of the most frightening films, and discuss the style and techniques used to invoke fear, suspense and thrills that linger long after the credits roll. Followed by Samantha Jennings's Strangeface, a haunting and suspenseful short film about a peculiar and diffident young girl who unexpectedly finds companionship.
Better Call Saul: A Conversation with Peter Gould (#514) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Peter Gould, writer, producer, and director of Breaking Bad and co-creator of its spinoff Better Call Saul discusses shifting gears, schemes, and swindles within the world of Saul Goodman pre-Walter White.
Constructing Comic Book Movies (#305H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The creative minds behind the films Thor, The Avengers, Hulk, The Incredible Hulk, Elektra, The Green Lantern, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2, and X-Men: First Class divulge the complexities of memorable heroes and villains, and how some of the best supernatural films tap into the most basic of human elements. Followed by Jeremy Kipp Walker's Super Powers, a lively short film about a husband and wife who try to salvage their love-life by dressing as superheroes, and find they save more than just their marriage when they're forced out of their apartment fully costumed.
House of Cards: A Conversation with Beau Willimon (#404) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
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.
Neo Noir: The Modern Day Film Noir (#412) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Shane Black and Brian Helgeland discuss the modern day Neo Noir - a genre-bending response to the Film Noirs of the 1940s and 50s - and dissect the basic styles, impulses, themes, and tones that embrace this form of storytelling.
Romantic Comedies (#310) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
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. In this episode: Abby Kohn, Dana Stevens, Geoff LaTulippe, Marc Silverstein.
James Franco: A Look Inside 127 Hours (#307H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
Tommy Lee Jones: Bringing The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada to life (#511) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
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.
Making Comedy Work (#202) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
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. Paul will never have his first kiss until he overcomes his fear of saliva.