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.
Gary Ross On Drive and Inspiration (#611H) Duration: 26:48 STEREO TVPG
Writer/Director Gary Ross discusses his film trajectory from co-writing the iconic film Big to approaching and adapting Seabiscuit on screen as well as working on historically depicting his new film Free State of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey.
- KQED Life: Sun, Jan 22, 2017 -- 6:30pm
Saving Mr. Banks: Script to Screen (#614) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Director John Lee Hancock and writer Kelly Marcel discuss how the script for Saving Mr. Banks was successfully transformed onto the screen using heavily stylized elements, and musical cues from the classic film Mary Poppins to depict the life of author PL Travers during the 1960's.
- KQED World: Tue, Jan 24, 2017 -- 7:30am Remind me
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Awkward Black Girl: A Conversation with Issa Rae (#608H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG
Creator/director/producer/star Issa Rae discusses the unique challenges that surround creating independent webseries, the freedoms that come with doing it your own way, and how to navigate the growing sensation of developing original online content. Followed by The Unexpected, a short webisode from The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl.
- KQED Life: Sat, Jan 28, 2017 -- 5:00pm Remind me
America Ferrera on the Storyteller's Responsibility (#612H) Duration: 26:48 STEREO TVPG
Producer/Emmy-award winning actress, America Ferrera talks about her early roles in film and television including the hit show Ugly Betty, Real Women Have Curves, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and working with Ryan Piers Williams on the independent film The Dry Land.
- KQED Life: Sun, Jan 29, 2017 -- 6:30pm Remind me
The Path of an Action Writer: A Conversation with Robert Kamen (#605) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Writer/director Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit, Free State of Jones) explores lessons learned and wisdom gained over the course of his career as a storyteller, including the significance of mythology, imagination, and inventiveness throughout all parts of creation, from conception through completion of each project.
Chris Cooper: A Conversation On Acting (#609H) Duration: 26:48 STEREO TVG
Chris Cooper, the Academy AwardA? winning Best Supporting Actor, for his role in the comedy-drama Adaptation, discusses his acting career in both film and television. Cooper looks back on how he managed to navigate through his roles in iconic films such as Lone Star, Adaptation, American Beauty, Seabiscuit, and August: Osage County among many others.
- KQED Life: Sat, Feb 4, 2017 -- 5:00pm Remind me
Rodrigo Garcia On Writing Relationships (#604) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Rodrigo Garcia, whose credits include Albert Nobbs, Nine Lives, Mother and Child, and most recently, Last Days in the Desert, contemplates the importance of writing honest relationships in his work, and the visceral connection audiences have with stories about family. Followed by a short film from Faraday Okoro about a father and son who agree to a 'winner takes all' blitz chess game in order to settle a bet.
Charles Burnett: Film As A Means for Social Change (#613H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG
Writer/Director/Producer Charles Burnett shares his career development process in narrative and documentary filmmaking with Killer of Sheep (1978), his seminal film, which was definitive in highlighting African American cultural experience. Burnett's films Killer of Sheep and To Sleep with Anger were both added to the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress for being culturally significant.
- KQED Life: Sun, Feb 5, 2017 -- 6:30pm Remind me
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.
Se7en: Script to Screen with Andrew Kevin Walker (#610H) Duration: 26:48 STEREO TVPG
Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker dissects his bleak thriller masterpiece, Se7en and working with director David Fincher to create the cult classic film.
- KQED Life: Sat, Feb 11, 2017 -- 5:00pm Remind me
Daredevil: Behind The Screen (#606H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG
Christos and Ruth Fletcher Gage discuss the process of adapting the Marvel comic Daredevil for television. The duo break down the juxtaposition of brute realism and the moral complexity of Daredevil's characters, along with how they navigated the show's unconventional story structure in the writers room.
Comedy That Resonates (#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.
Carl Reiner: A Conversation with a TV Legend (#607H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG
Comedy titan Carl Reiner looks back on creating The Dick Van Dyke Show, how the show evolved over the course of its five seasons, and the collaborative efforts of the writers and actors involved. Reiner recalls special moments from behind the scenes and, ultimately, how the creative vision was translated to the screen.
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.
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.