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.
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.
Indie Filmmaking in Hollywood: A Conversation with Jay Duplass (#507) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
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.
A Conversation with John Ridley (#503) Duration: 26:48 STEREO TVG
John Ridley reflects on his beginnings and the inspirations that have shaped his approach to screenwriting, with a special look into his journey adapting the Academy AwardA?-winning script for 12 Years a Slave. Accompanied by Alex Clark's short film, Siren, about two ambulance paramedics faced with an emergency that's out of this world.
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
Elements of Great Horror (#304) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
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.
Scott Frank: A Screenwriter's Design (#512) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Scott Frank (Get Shorty, Out of Sight) reflects on his diverse career writing thrillers and pulp films, and his approach to developing complex characters in search of their identity.
- KQED Life: Sat, Nov 7, 2015 -- 5:00pm Remind me
Constructing Comic Book Movies (#305) Duration: 26:45 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
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.
Justified: Inside The Writers' Room (#513) Duration: 26:35 STEREO TVG
Writers from the hit show Justified discuss adapting Elmore Leonard's short story for television and the evolution of the show's tone, rhythm, and setting.
- KQED Life: Sat, Nov 14, 2015 -- 5:00pm Remind me
House of Cards: A Conversation with Beau Willimon (#404H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Plus: Sun, Nov 15, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
The Heart of a Film (#207) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
The inspiration behind such classic films as Edward Scissorhands, Toy Story, and Up is discussed by Academy Award winning Pixar director John Lasseter and screenwriter Caroline Thompson followed by the short Playing Ghost by Andrew Start.