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.
Creating Memorable Characters (#201) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Academy Award-winning director Sydney Pollack (Out Of Africa, Tootsie, The Way We Were) and NYPD Blue and Deadwood creator David Milch discuss the inspiration behind creating classic film and television characters. Followed by the suspenseful short film The Lab by writer/director Ryan Scheer, about two young boys whose summer afternoon in the woods goes horribly awry.
Creating Complex Characters (#210) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Writer/director Rodrigo Garcia discusses the influences of his father, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and the complexities and flaws that form the nuanced characters in The Godfather, Capote, and his own Mother And Child and In Treatment. Followed by the harrowing Spanish short film Who Lasts Longer by writer/director Gregorio Muro in which the bond between a mother and her son are tragically tested.
Better Call Saul: A Conversation with Peter Gould (#514) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
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Time Travel and the Filmmaker's Trek (#405) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Rian Johnson (Looper), Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko), and Roberto Orci (Star Trek), masters of weaving time travel into the fabric of film, dissect the elements that make for a believable "operating system" when writing a comprehensible timeline for a screenplay. A Conversation About Cheating with my Time Traveling Future Self accompanies this episode, trailing one man's attempt to better his life by traveling back in time to offer himself weathered advice, written and directed by Pornsak Pichetshote.
The Screenwriter's Path (#101) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Writing to evoke emotion is discussed by the creative minds behind Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Secretariat. Features Shane Black, Randall Wallace, and Lawrence Kasdan. Film: Northeast Front by Angela Torres Camerenea.
War on the Big Screen: Oliver Stone & John Milius (#107) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
War in film is discussed by the creative minds behind Red Dawn, Born On The 4th Of July, and Apocalypse Now. Features Oliver Stone and John Milius. Film: Veterans by Miguel Alvarez.
A Conversation with Chris Carter, Creator of the X-Files (#301) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Legendary television writer Chris Carter reveals the secret behind the creation and success of The X-Files and how he stirred audiences using the power of mythology. Lost and Prometheus writer, Damon Lindelof, speaks with Carter on how his use of the paranormal and search for the truth have become staples of popular culture. Followed by Todd Somodevilla and Marysia Makowska's surreal short film, Sea Pavilion, about a picnic outing by an abandoned seaside dwelling, that ends up encompassing more than just sand dunes and forgotten memories.
Raising Stakes, Reversals, and Payoffs (#212) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Thriller master writer/director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Lethal Weapon) discusses the critical elements of a taut, suspense-filled movie - raising stakes, unexpected reversals, and satisfying payoffs - using examples from such classics as Rocky, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and La Femme Nikita. Followed by the apocalyptic short film Blind Spot by writer/director Matthew Nayman.
Explosive Action! (#302) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
The writers behind Wanted, The Bourne Ultimatum, Con Air, and Snitch discuss how they use action scenes to further the plot, convey tension, and build toward a satisfying climax. Followed by Lucas Martell's animated short film, Pigeon: Impossible, about a trained CIA agent faced with an unexpected sudden threat to national security.
The Humor and Heart of Animation (#211) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
The writers behind the beloved animated classics Kung Fu Panda 1 & 2, King of the Hill, and The Iron Giant, Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger and Tim McCanlies discuss the comedy, action, and emotion that go into creating the worlds and characters of the beloved and popular films that appeal to audiences of all ages. And then enter the magical world of the short film Dreamgiver by director/producer Tyler Carter. What fanciful adventures happen after we go to sleep?