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.
Selling Non-Fiction to an Audience: A Conversation with Terry George (#505) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Terry George (writer/director Hotel Rwanda; writer In the Name of the Father) reflects on the art of fictionalizing fact and placing ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances as a storytelling vehicle. Followed by Dean Loxton's short film, Under, about a train operator struggling to deal with a traumatic event and finding solace in an unsuspecting way.
- KQED Life: Sat, Sep 5, 2015 -- 5:00pm Remind me
Rectify: Ray McKinnon On Characters & Culture (#409H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Ray McKinnon, creator of the Sundance Channel's breakout hit, Rectify, details how to capture the personality of a culture through establishing strong characters, tone, and atmosphere. The short film Spanola Pepper Sauce Company follows, directed by McKinnon and written by Graham Gordy, suggesting there's more brewing in Spanola, AK than just its fine pepper sauce cooking.
The Left and Write: Politically Driven Narratives (#506) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Beau Willimon (creator House of Cards) and Eli Attie (writer The West Wing) debate politically-driven narratives, power struggles, and dramatizing the truths and fictions that comprise ideologically-charged stories. Accompanied by Topher Field's short film, The Hustle, offering a glimpse inside a swindler's artful technique and deception.
- KQED Life: Sat, Sep 12, 2015 -- 5:00pm Remind me
Indie Filmmaking in Hollywood: A Conversation with Jay Duplass (#507) Duration: 26:47 STEREO TVG
Jay Duplass (writer/director Jeff Who Lives at Home, The Puffy Chair) recollects his journey with brother Mark Duplass onto the DIY indie film scene, along with their specific approach to storytelling. Followed by Future Home, the story of a father, son, and a time-travelling killer android, in a short film by Ramin Serry.
Groundhog Day: Deconstructing The Comedy Classic (#508) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Danny Rubin, co-writer of Groundhog Day, deconstructs the unconventional romantic comedy's progression from script to screen and reminisces on his unique collaboration with the legendary Harold Ramis.
- KQED Life: Sat, Sep 26, 2015 -- 5:00pm Remind me
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.
Planet of the Apes: Reimagining A Sci-Fi Franchise (#509) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, co-writers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, discuss reimagining the popular sci-fi franchise and their delicate approach to depicting the protagonist's journey.
- KQED Life: Sat, Oct 3, 2015 -- 5:00pm Remind me
A Conversation with Damon Lindelof, Co-Creator of Lost and Co-writer/Producer "Star Trek Into Darkness (#306) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
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.
Script to Screen: Danny Boyle, Jason Reitman, & Ed Burns (#108) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
The script-to-screen process is discussed by the creative minds behind Slumdog Millionaire, Up In The Air, and The Brothers McMullen. Features Danny Boyle, Jason Reitman, and Ed Burns. Film: The Printer by Berndt Mader.
Dead Poets Society: Deconstructing the Acclaimed Classic (#510) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Tom Schulman, writer of Dead Poet's Society, deconstructs the story's journey from script to screen, along with his unique working relationships on set with Robin Williams and director Peter Weir.
- KQED Life: Sat, Oct 24, 2015 -- 5:00pm Remind me
Breaking Bad: A Conversation with Vince Gilligan (#401) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Vince Gilligan, creator of the AMC hit series Breaking Bad, reflects upon the show's hyper-serialized storytelling, along with his inspirations and influences. Accompanied by Victor Nores' short film, Euthanas Inc., about an old lady whose family wishes to no longer be burdened by her presence, and her plans to grant them an unexpected change of scene.
Tommy Lee Jones: Bringing The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada to life (#511) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Sat, Oct 31, 2015 -- 5:00pm Remind me