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Creating Compelling Characters

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

Release Date: 06/16/2021

A Conversation with John Logan show art A Conversation with John Logan

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story we’ll hear from three-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, producer, playwright John Logan, about his journey from writing for the stage to the screen. Producer Barbara Morgan, spoke with Logan about his incredible journey on a panel at the Austin Film Festival.

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A Conversation with Howard Gordon show art A Conversation with Howard Gordon

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story we’ll hear from television writer & producer Howard Gordon on his process of creating a hit television series. Howard Gordon is a television writer and producer best known for his work on the Fox action series 24 and the award-winning Showtime thriller Homeland which he co-developed with Alex Gansa. Producer Barry Josephson spoke with Gordon at the Austin Film Festival at a panel about his process of writing for hit television.

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A Conversation with Brenda Chapman show art A Conversation with Brenda Chapman

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story, award-winning writer and director Brenda Chapman discusses how female perspective, a love of art, and an understanding of flawed characters influenced her writing in the animated classics The Lion King, The Prince of Egypt, and Brave.

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Creating Compelling Characters show art Creating Compelling Characters

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story we’ll hear from veteran screenwriters John Lee Hancock, Brian Helgeland, and Robin Swicord on the process of creating compelling characters.

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Creating Compelling Characters show art Creating Compelling Characters

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story we’ll hear from veteran screenwriters John Lee Hancock, Brian Helgeland, and Robin Swicord on the process of creating compelling characters.

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Script to Screen: The Outpost show art Script to Screen: The Outpost

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story we’ll hear from the filmmakers behind The Outpost. The film, which stars Scott Eastwood and Orlando Bloom, was adapted from Jake Tapper’s book The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor which follows the story of a team of American soldiers as they valiantly work together to survive behind enemy lines. The panel included writers Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy, director Rod Lurie, and producer Paul Merryman.

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On Writing BARRY with Alec Berg & Bill Hader show art On Writing BARRY with Alec Berg & Bill Hader

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story we’ll hear from Bill Hader and Alec Berg, the creators of HBO’s hit crime show, Barry.

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A Conversation with Scott Alexander & Larry Karazsewski show art A Conversation with Scott Alexander & Larry Karazsewski

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story we’ll hear from Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Alexander & Karaszewski are a screenwriting duo, best known for their unusual biopics with larger-than-life characters. Producer Barry Josephson spoke with Alexander & Karaszewski at a panel at the Austin Film Festival.

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Seinfeld: A Retrospective show art Seinfeld: A Retrospective

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story we’ll hear from Seinfeld writer David Mandel. David Mandel was the executive producer and showrunner of the Emmy Award-winning TV show Veep, was an executive producer and director of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and was a writer for several seasons of Seinfeld.

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A Conversation with Gillian Flynn show art A Conversation with Gillian Flynn

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story we’ll hear from Gillian Flynn, the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Gone Girl.

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This week on On Story we’ll hear from veteran screenwriters John Lee Hancock, Brian Helgeland and Robin Swicord on the process of creating compelling characters. And later, award-winning writer and director Brenda Chapman discusses how female perspective, a love of art, and an understanding of flawed characters influenced her writing in the animated classics The Lion King, The Prince of Egypt, and Brave.

 

Characters are the emotional anchor for all great stories. No matter how intricate the plot, well-developed characters are crucial ingredients for engaging an audience and encouraging them to invest in a story's journey. I spoke with a group of veteran screenwriters about their process of crafting compelling characters at the Austin Film Festival. John Lee Hancock is a director, writer and producer most known for his work on The Blind Side, A Perfect World and his latest film The Little Things. Brian Helgeland is a screenwriter, producer and director. His writing credits include L.A. Confidential, Man on Fire, and A Knight’s Tale. Robin Swicord is the writer of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Memoirs of a Geisha and Little Women.

 

Clips of A Knight's Tale courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Clips of A Perfect World courtesy of Warner Brothers Pictures, Inc

Clips of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button courtesy of Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.

Clips of Man on Fire courtesy of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation & Regency Entertainment