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.
Norman Lear - A Retrospective (#602) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Perhaps one of the most influential contributors to the landscape of situational comedies and progressive writing in Hollywood, Norman Lear transformed a genre known for play-it-safe humor into a platform for how Americans experience social issues. In this week's On Story, Lear remembers a few of his favorite episodes and how he created some of the most beloved characters in the history of television.
Heroes and Anti-Heroes: Loving The Villain (#309) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
The voices behind The Devil Wears Prada, Bridesmaids, and Rachel Getting Married deliberate how the most impressionable characters - both good and evil - are compelling because of their flaws, complexities, and personal truths. Accompanied by the short film, Mentiroso by writer/director Will Shipley about trailing a young boy whose incessant lies are almost as far-fetched as an astonishing encounter with the most beautiful girl in town.
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.
- KQED Life: Sun, Oct 30, 2016 -- 6:30pm 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.
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.
Carl Reiner: A Conversation with a TV Legend (#607) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
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.
Saving Mr. Banks: Script to Screen (#614H) Duration: 26:48 STEREO TVPG
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.
The Left and Write: Politically Driven Narratives (#506) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
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.
Zombies and Groot - Bringing Comics to Life (#603H) Duration: 26:48 STEREO TVPG
Nicole Perlman (Guardian of the Galaxy) and Angela Kang (The Walking Dead) explore navigating a male-dominated industry as female genre writers. The women discuss tackling comic book adaptations, the importance of character development, and the fine line between staying true to the spirit of the source material while also breathing new life into preexisting storylines.
- KQED Life: Sat, Nov 12, 2016 -- 5:00pm Remind me
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.
Re-Imagining The Classics (#303) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
The writers of re-imagined classics and popular franchises such as Ghost, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Twins and Snow White and the Huntsman deliberate how to keep stories fresh while remaining faithful to the original version. Accompanied by Spencer and Lloyd Harvey's short film Jack & Jill, a fresh take on the classic nursery rhyme that follows a young Australian girl who finds an inventive way to contact her father, a soldier stationed in New Guinea during WWII.
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.