AMC, FOX and Pixar Executives

Today on Austin Film Festival’s On Story Podcast, Demystifying the Development Process with Carrie Gillogly, Jessica Julius, Lauren Neustadter, Erika Weinstein. We usually feature writers on the On Story Podcast. This episode, four executives from film and television share their perspectives on the development process. Aspiring writers get ready. These people mean business and you need to know how best to work with them. Today’s panel was recorded at the 21st Austin Film Festival and was moderated by Pam Golum.


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We’re highlighting three Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition success stories on this episode. Our panelists will discuss the ins and outs of the festival and offer advice on the path to the writer’s room.


Nkechi Okoro is a writer/co-producer on Bones and was a 2011 Austin Film Festival One-Hour Teleplay Pilot Finalist with her original drama, The Fed.


Christine Boylan is a writer/producer who has worked on the shows Leverage, Off the Map, Castle and Once Upon A Time. She’s currently a co-executive producer on NBC’s Constantine. Christine Boylan was Austin Film Festival’s 2004 One-Hour Teleplay Spec Winner with her Six Feet Under Spec Script titled The Strike.


Stephen Falk is the Creator/Showrunner of You’re The Worst, on FX and served as co-executive producer on both Weeds and Orange is the New Black.  Stephen Falk was Austin Film Festival’s 2000 Comedy Screenplay winner with his feature script, You Down With OCD?


This panel was recorded at the 21st Austin Film Festival in 2015 and was moderated by our own Marcie Mayhorn.

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A Conversation With Jay Duplass

Writer-director Jay Duplass has collaborated with his brother, Mark Duplass throughout his career. The two rose to prominence with their DIY shorts This is John and Scrapple, which garnered high praise at Sundance. The two followed up with a string of features in the mumblecore movement including The Puffy Chair, Cyrus and Baghead. Jay Duplass is now acting in the Amazon Studios comedy-drama Transparent and with his brother Mark, shares the helm of the HBO series Togetherness, which has been renewed for a second season. This conversation was recorded at the 21st Austin Film Festival in 2014 and was moderated by Austin American Statesman reporter Matthew Odam.

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Screenwriter Michelle Ashford is best known for her work on the 2010 miniseries, The Pacific. Her current series, Masters Of Sex is based on Thomas Maier’s biography of legendary sex researchers Dr William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The Showtime drama stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, and returns for its third season later in 2015. 


 Scott Frank's screenwriting credits include Little Man Tate, Get Shorty, Minority Report, Marley and Me and A Walk Among the Tombstones. He’ll be joining us this Sunday March 1st 2015 for live discussion on writing, and to mark the event, we dug into the AFF vault for a recording from way back in 1999 at the sixth Austin Film Festival.   


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A Conversation With Danny Boyle

Academy Award® winning director Danny Boyle needs little introduction with a filmography including Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire. Most recently, Boyle is the executive producer and co-creator of the Channel 4 comedy/drama Babylon and his next film is slated to be the Steve Jobs biopic starring Michael Fassbender. This conversation was recorded in 2008 at the 15th Austin Film Festival and was moderated by film critic Christopher Kelly.


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Larry Wilmore is the host of Comedy Central's brand new The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore. He started his career as an actor and stand-up comedian before writing and producing on the early nineties classic television shows In Living Color, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and The Jamie Foxx Show.  He   co-created The PJs with Eddie Murphy and The Bernie Mac Show, and was consulting producer and guest star on the American version of The Office. Larry Wilmore is well known as the senior black correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stuart.   


Today’s podcast was recorded at the 14th annual Austin Film Festival on October 12th 2007. This content is an encore presentation of our episode from 2013.


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Today on the podcast, Orange Is The New Black staff writers Lauren Morelli and Stephen Falk take us deep inside the writer’s room for a look at the process of making this beloved show.


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Filmmaker Terry George is known for his true-life depictions of real characters and events. He made his screenwriting debut in1993 with In the Name of the Father, starring Daniel Day-Lewis. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards including best-adapted screenplay. He went on to write and direct the film Some Mother's Son, starring Helen Mirren and later, earned his second Oscar nomination for the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda. Terry George also served as executive producer of the CBS series, The District, and his numerous credits include the 2007 film Reservation Road, and the Oscar winning short film, The Shore. This episode was recorded on October 25th 2014 at the 21st Austin Film Festival.

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Writer / Director Richard LaGravenese

Writer / Director Richard LaGravanese is known for the screenplays to The Fisher King, The Bridges of Madison County, The Ref, Beloved, Behind the Candelabra, Water for Elephants and Unbroken.  Among his directing credits are the films Beautiful Creatures, The Last Five Years, P.S. I Love You, and the documentary A Decade Under The Influence. Today’s episode was recorded on October 23rd 2014 at the twenty first Austin Film Festival. 


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Craig Borten and Dallas Buyer's Club

Dallas Buyers Club depicts events in the life of Ron Woodroof who was diagnosed with AIDS in the 1980s.  In order to obtain treatment for the disease, he began smuggling and distributing drugs that had not yet been approved by the FDA into the United States.


Craig Borten never imagined that after spending time with Ron Woodroof in 1992, the resulting script, Dallas Buyer’s Club, would take twenty years to get made. The film was nominated for several Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, and garnered Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor awards for Mathew McConaughey and Jared Leto respectively.


This panel was recorded on October 24th 2014 at the 21st Austin Film Festival.


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