This series focuses on the inspiration and creative process at the conception of the filmmaking process.
All Past Episodes
29:00 | #904 | TV-G
Screenwriters Scott Beck and Bryan Woods dissect their original horror hit A Quiet Place and discuss the process of storytelling with little dialogue and creating tension that keeps people on the edge of their seats.
29:00 | #903 | TV-G
Writing partners Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely discuss how they were able to juggle a massive ensemble cast, multiple storylines spanning several movies, and still create a cohesive and entertaining film, he highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War.
26:48 | #902 | TV-G
In 1991, Linda Woolverton became the first woman to write an animated feature for Disney. Since Beauty and the Beast, Woolverton has gone on to write some of Disney's biggest family films, including The Lion King, 2010's Alice in Wonderland, and Maleficent. In this episode, Woolverton discusses her animated classics and writing tales as old as time.
26:48 | #901 | TV-G
Television producer, actor, comedian, and writer Larry Wilmore talks about comedy - in front of and behind the camera.
26:48 | #720 | TV-PG
Acclaimed producer Frank Marshall talks about starting his career and the creativity in producing.
26:48 | #719 | TV-PG
Master of None writer Alan Yang talks about putting stories from his personal life into the show.
26:48 | #718 | TV-PG
Second generation actor Ed Begley Jr. talks about what he looks for when choosing new projects.
26:47 | #717 | TV-PG
Producer Suzanne de Passe and screenwriter Bill Wittliff discuss the making of Lonesome Dove.
26:48 | #716 | TV-PG
Filmmakers discuss the timelessness and relate-ability of Jane Austen's characters.
26:48 | #715 | TV-PG
Writers of psychological thrillers talk about putting regular people into horrifying scenarios.
26:48 | #714 | TV-PG
The Bobby half of the Farrelly brothers team talks about improv and what makes comedy funny.
26:48 | #713 | TV-PG
Screenwriter Mark L. Smith discusses adapting The Revenant from book to screen and other topics.
26:48 | #712 | TV-PG
Screenwriter Jose Rivera discusses his approach to bringing Che Guevara's story to the screen.
26:47 | #711 | TV-PG
Screenwriter Jim Sheridan discusses translating Irish situations and accents for American audiences.
26:48 | #710 | TV-PG
Writer/director Nancy Meyers discusses her career and shares stories of her many collaborations.
26:48 | #709 | TV-PG
The unique filmmaking style of Billy Wilder and what makes his films relevant today are discussed.
26:48 | #708 | TV-PG
Writer Aaron Covington discusses how he and director Ryan Coogler came up with the idea for Creed.
26:48 | #707 | TV-PG
Jason Segel discusses his career and how he's formed a family of weirdos in film and television.
26:48 | #706 | TV-PG
With Saturday Night Live and the movies Sisters and This is 40 in her credits, Paula Pell is the queen of comedy. Pell talks about her background in theater, creating characters that stick, and drawing from a funny family.
26:52 | #705 | TV-PG
John Patrick Shanley holds a unique position as both playwright and screenwriter. The writer behind Moonstruck, Doubt, and others shares how he pulls from real life and makes every action count toward story.
26:48 | #704 | TV-PG
Marta Kauffman takes viewers into that unforgettable New York apartment and talks about how the phenomenon of Friends came to be, the universal appeal of Grace and Frankie, and working with the network versus Netflix.
26:48 | #703 | TV-PG
From Arrested Development's Buster Bluth to Veep's bag man, actor Tony Hale discusses meeting audience's expectations, getting into character, making out with Liza Minnelli, and the collaborative environment of comedy.
26:47 | #702 | TV-PG
Screenwriter Justin Marks shares the bear necessities on updating the classic Disney story to the modern screen.
26:46 | #701 | TV-PG
Eriter/director Jeff Nichols talks about bringing a highly charged true story to the screen and finding the personal connection to Richard and Mildred Loving - apolitical people at the center of the landmark 1967 civil rights decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate laws prohibiting interracial marriage.
29:00 | #820 | TV-G
Academy Award-nominated actor Woody Harrelson and director/producer Rob Reiner discuss the bio-pic, LBJ.
29:00 | #819 | TV-G
Writer Kelly Masterson dissects the journey of Snowpiercer from graphic novel to script-to-screen.
29:00 | #818 | TV-G
The writer of the film The Shape of Water discusses collaborating with director Guillermo del Toro.
29:00 | #817 | TV-G
Screenwriter and producer Noah Hawley explores the creation and execution of a limited series.
29:00 | #816 | TV-G
The screenwriters behind Arrival and Kubo and the Two Strings discuss book-to-film adaptations.
29:00 | #815 | TV-G
Executive producer Michael Green discusses adapting Neil Gaiman's novel American God for TV.
29:00 | #814 | TV-G
Showrunner and producer Courtney A. Kemp discusses the power dynamics in the television industry.
26:48 | #813 | TV-G
Bloodline's co-creator Todd A. Kessler talks about the genesis and development of the popular Netflix series.
26:48 | #812 | TV-G
Writer/director Walter Hill and screenwriter Scott Frank explore the great quintessential Western genre.
26:48 | #811 | TV-G
Writer, director, producer, actor, and comedian Robert Townsend discusses his multi-faceted and successful career in front of and behind the camera.
26:48 | #810 | TV-G
Scott Alexander discusses developing and writing the award-winning series The People v. O.J. Simpson.
26:48 | #809 | TV-G
Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost talks about the impact of the original cult favorite show.
26:48 | #808 | TV-G
Show creator Misha Green talks about her experience as a first-time showrunner and more topics.
26:48 | #807 | TV-G
Pete's Dragon director and co-writer David Lowery and co-writer Toby Halbrooks are interviewed.
26:48 | #806 | TV-G
Award-winning producer Gale Anne Hurd discusses her career and past projects that she worked on.
26:48 | #805 | TV-G
Screenwriter Dan Gilroy discusses the evolution of the Academy Award-nominated Nightcrawler.
26:48 | #804 | TV-G
Screenwriter Eric Heisserer talks about selling Hollywood his adaptation of the movie Arrival, working with director Denis Villeneuve, and the challenges of writing a cerebral sci-fi story about love and loss.
26:49 | #803 | TV-G
Academy Award-winning writer-director Kenneth Lonergan compares screenwriting with playwriting.
26:48 | #802 | TV-G
Entertainment trailblazer Keenen Ivory Wayans talks about his circular path to Hollywood and how In Living Color paved the way for so many artists and subsequent projects.
26:46 | #801 | TV-G
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and actress Greta Gerwig, director of Lady Bird, appears.
26:48 | #615 | TV-PG
Writer/director Jason Reitman, whose credits include Thank You for Smoking, Up in the Air and Juno, discusses his journey from novice filmmaker to indie stalwart.
29:00 | #614 | TV-PG
Director John Lee Hancock and writer Kelly Marcel discuss how the script for Saving Mr. Banks was successfully transformed onto the screen.
29:00 | #613 | TV-PG
Charles Burnett shares his career development process in narrative and documentary filmmaking.
29:00 | #612 | TV-PG
America Ferrera talks about her early roles in film and television including the hit show Ugly Betty.
29:00 | #611 | TV-PG
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.
29:00 | #610 | TV-PG
Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker dissects his bleak thriller masterpiece, Se7en and working with director David Fincher to create the cult classic film.
29:00 | #609 | TV-G
Academy Award-winning actor Chris Cooper discusses his acting career in both film and television.
29:00 | #608 | TV-PG
Director/producer Issa Rae discusses the unique challenges that surround creating independent webseries.
29:00 | #607 | TV-PG
Comedy titan Carl Reiner looks back on creating The Dick Van Dyke Show and how it evolved over the course of five seasons.
29:00 | #606 | TV-PG
Christos and Ruth Fletcher Gage discuss the process of adapting the Marvel comic Daredevil for television.
29:00 | #605 | TV-PG
Robert Mark Kamen looks back on his long-time working relationship with Luc Besson and his approach to writing description, violence, and well-developed characters in films such as The Fifth Element, The Transporter, and the Taken franchise.
29:00 | #604 | TV-PG
Rodrigo Garcia contemplates the importance of writing honest relationships in his work.
29:00 | #603 | TV-PG
Nicole Perlman and Angela Kang explore navigating a male-dominated industry as female genre writers.
29:00 | #602 | TV-PG
Norman Lear transformed a genre known for play-it-safe humor into a platform for how Americans experience social issues. Lear remembers a few of his favorite episodes and how he created some of the most beloved television characters.
25:58 | #601 | TV-PG
John Singleton, the youngest and first African American filmmaker to win an Academy Award for his work on Boyz in the Hood, discusses his process, influences, and inspirations.
26:46 | #514 | TV-G
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.
26:34 | #513 | TV-G
Writers from the hit show Justified discuss adapting Elmore Leonard's short story for television.
26:45 | #512 | TV-G
Get Shorty writer Scott Frank reflects on his diverse career writing thrillers and pulp films.
26:46 | #511 | TV-G
The writer, director, and actor discusses making the film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.
26:46 | #508 | TV-G
Danny Rubin, co-writer of Groundhog Day, discusses the unconventional romantic comedy.
29:00 | #507 | TV-G
Director Jay Duplass recollects his journey with brother Mark Duplass onto the DIY indie film scene.
26:46 | #506 | TV-G
House of Cards creator Beau Willimon and The West Wing writer Eli Attie are interviewed.
26:46 | #505 | TV-G
Writer and director Terry George reflects on the art of fictionalizing fact as a storytelling vehicle.
26:46 | #504 | TV-G
Mick Garris and Alvaro Rodriguez deconstruct the shock and suspense of David Cronenberg's The Fly.
26:46 | #503 | TV-G
John Ridley reflects on his beginnings and the inspirations that have shaped his screenwriting.
26:46 | #502 | TV-G
True Detective director Cary Fukunaga discusses the rise of the television anthology series.
26:46 | #501 | TV-G
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner dissects the culture, identity, and status quo of the show.
26:46 | #414 | TV-G
The filmmakers look back on the vision, style, influences, and creative passion for Demme's The Silence of the Lambs, Stop Making Sense, Rachel Getting Married, and Something Wild.
26:45 | #413 | TV-G
Filmmakers Paul Thomas Anderson and Jonathan Demme pay tribute to Robert Downey Sr.'s cult classic, Greaser's Palace.
26:45 | #412 | TV-G
Shane Black and Brian Helgeland discuss the modern day Neo Noir - a genre-bending response to the Film Noirs of the 1940s and 50s.
26:45 | #411 | TV-G
Screenwriters Robin Swicord and Peter Craig examine the film, Dog Day Afternon.
26:45 | #410 | TV-G
Ron Nyswaner recounts the social impact of his screenplay, Philadelphia.
26:45 | #409 | TV-G
Ray McKinnon, creator of the Sundance Channel's breakout hit, Rectify, details how to capture the personality of a culture.
26:46 | #408 | TV-G
Men in Black writer, Ed Solomon, explores the genesis of the movie and its journey from pre-production through post.
26:45 | #407 | TV-G
Kirk Ellis and Robert Knott explore the Clint Eastwood/David Peoples classic, Unforgiven.
26:44 | #406 | TV-G
Callie Khouri reflects upon her experience working with Ridley Scott and writing the classic female buddy film.
26:45 | #405 | TV-G
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.
26:45 | #404 | TV-G
House of Cards creator Beau Willimon discusses writing for Netflix and narrative power struggles.
26:46 | #403 | TV-G
Veteran screenwriters John August and Ashley Miller discuss the tension, pacing, and craftsmanship of Alien.
26:46 | #402
Frank Darabont, writer and director of such classics as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist, discusses adapting works by Stephen King and keeping his characters at the core of the story.
26:45 | #401 | TV-G
Vince Gilligan, creator of the AMC hit series Breaking Bad, reflects upon the show's hyper-serialized storytelling, along with his inspirations and influences.
29:00 | #309 | TV-G
The voices behind The Devil Wears Prada, Bridesmaid, and Rachel Getting Married deliberate how the most impressionable characters - both good and evil - are compelling because of their flaws, complexities, and personal truths.
29:00 | #308 | TV-G
Larry Wilmore, creator of The Bernie Mac Show, reflects upon different forms of comedy, followed by two short films about courage and endurance: Love, Emily and 036.
29:00 | #307 | TV-G
James Franco reveals his unique experience working on 127 Hours followed by the Voice Over, about a few extreme situations that literally take your breath away.
29:00 | #306 | TV-G
The co-creator of the series Lost has also co-written Prometheus and Star Trek Into Darkness.
26:45 | #305 | TV-G
The creative minds behind The Avengers and X-Men: First Class discuss heroes and villains.
26:46 | #304 | TV-G
Professional horror writers explore how great drama lies at the core of the most frightening films.
26:46 | #303 | TV-G
The writers of re-imagined classics and popular franchises such as Ghost, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Twins, and Snow White and the Huntsman appear.
26:47 | #302 | TV-G
The writers behind Wanted, The Bourne Ultimatum, Con Air, and Snitch discuss action scenes.
26:47 | #301 | TV-G
Television writer Chris Carter reveals the secret behind the creation and success of The X-Files.
26:46 | #112 | TV-G
Alvaro Rodriguez, Shane Black, Randall Wallace, and John Turman discuss developing and understanding heroes and villains in the films Rambo, Lethal Weapon, and Braveheart.
26:46 | #111 | TV-G
John Wells, William Broyles, Jr., and Herschel Weingrod discuss reflecting the real world in the films Jarhead, The Company Men, Cast Away, and Falling Down.
26:46 | #110 | TV-G
Shane Black, Ted Tally, Daniel Petrie, Jr., and Christopher McQuarrie discuss suspenseful storytelling in the films The Usual Suspects, The Silence of the Lambs, The Big Easy, and Lethal Weapon.
26:46 | #109 | TV-G
Creative freedom within the studio system is discussed by the Texas-based filmmakers behind Office Space, Lonesome Dove, and El Mariachi. Featuring Mike Judge, Bill Wittliff and Robert Rodriguez.
26:46 | #108 | TV-G
Danny Boyle, Jason Reitman, and Ed Burns discuss the script-to-screen process in Slumdog Millionaire, Up in the Air, and The Brother McMullen.
26:46 | #107 | TV-G
War in film is discussed by the creative minds behind Red Dawn, Born On The 4th Of July, and Apocalypse Now. Featuring Oliver Stone and John Milius.
26:46 | #106 | TV-G
Historical and modern day relevance in television dramas is discussed by the creative minds behind the shows Mad Men, The Wire, and Treme. Featuring Matthew Weiner and David Simon.
26:45 | #105 | TV-G
Creating westerns with resonance is discussed by the creative minds behind Unforgiven, A Perfect World, and 3:10 To Yuma. Featuring John Lee Hancock, David Peoples, Michael Brandt, and Derek Haas.
25:54 | #104 | TV-G
Academy Award-winning films are discussed by the creative minds behind Apollo 13, Schindler's List, and A Beautiful Mind. Featuring Ron Howard and Steve Zaillian.
27:46 | #103 | TV-G
Comedy in film is discussed by the creative minds behind To Die For, The 40 Year Old Virgin, National Lampoon's Vacation, and The Hangover. Featuring Harold Ramis, Judd Apatow, Buck Henry, and Jon Lucas.
26:46 | #102 | TV-G
The challenges of creating fantastical world and getting the audience to suspend their disbelief are discussed by the creative minds behind Star Trek, Transformers, El Mariachi, and Watchmen. Featuring David Hayter, Robert Orci, Damon, Lindelof, and Robert Rodriguez.
26:46 | #101 | TV-G
Writing to evoke emotion is discussed by the creative minds behind Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and Secretariat. Featuring Shane Black, Randall Wallace, and Lawrence Kasdan.
Director Sydney Pollack and David Milch discuss creating classic film and television characters.
Writer Alec Berg and Director Paul Feig show how they create comedy that resonates with us all.
Academy Award-winning Pixar director John Lasseter and screenwriter Caroline Thompson appear.
Academy Award-winning screenwriter Ted Tally discusses The Silence of the Lambs adaptation.
Comedic writer, director, and actor Buck Henry recalls his long and storied career in Hollywood.
Writer/director Rodrigo Garcia discusses the characters in The Godfather, Capote, and more.
The writers of Kung Fu Panda, King of the Hill, and The Iron Giant discuss comedy and action.
Thriller master writer/director Shane Black discusses critical elements of a suspense-filled movie.
The screenwriters behind Never Been Kissed, Safe Haven, Going the Distance, and He's Just Not That Into You contemplate the important balance of relationship, conflict, and originality when creating romantic comedies.
Brian Helgeland, the creative force behind 42, LA Confidential, Mystic River, and more, shares his experience as a screenwriter, director, and producer.
David Magee discusses adapting Finding Neverland and Life Of Pi, and how he approached translating such imaginative worlds for the screen.
The writers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes discuss reimagining the popular sci-fi franchise.
Dead Poet's Society writer Tom Schulman deconstructs the story's journey from script to screen.