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  1. Zocalo: Guillermo Del Toro

    I recently went to one of those “An Evening With…” events that Zocalo puts on; the guest of honor was film director Guillermo Del Toro. Del Toro fans are a cute bunch. Slightly over or underweight, clad in t-shirts emblazoned with bands/movies/video games — and accompanied by someone nice enough to join them for the evening despite their having only a vague idea of who Del Toro is.

    Ask a stranger on the street who he is and you might get lucky and find a fan, most will need their memories jogged. “The guy who made Pans Labyrinth”, or “the guy who was going to make The Hobbit movies, but then something happened, and now Peter Jackson is doing them…”. These reactions are adept, but do sell the man short.

    Guillermo Del Toro is a geek demigod, an artist in the classical sense, and one of the few true cinematic visionaries that we’ve had the pleasure to behold. His love for movie monsters and his unending fascination with the spaces between embryonic birth and everlasting death, have stirred deep emotions inside of those who watch his films. But his acuity with darker themes rarely manifests itself in conversation. Instead “An Evening with Guillermo Del Toro” provides one with an evening of laughter, introspection, and loving self-deprecation.

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  2. Creative Screenwriting: Aaron Sorkin

    I think that David Fincher's Social Network was probably my first exposure to Aaron Sorkin. I've never seen an episode of The West Wing or followed any of his other work too closely. I did see Malice — but that was on video — and I think I fell asleep, so the only thing that I remember is that Alec Baldwin is in it and it's shot by Gordon Willis, I think.

    Anyway, he's an interesting guy for sure. One who seems to take great pride in being a writer, a rarity in Hollywood for sure. He conveys an aristocratic sense of confidence, which I think is reflected a bit in the writing. He's a writer filled to the brim with classical ideas of drama, which he discusses briefly here.

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  3. The Treatment: John C. Reilly

    Elvis Mitchell hosts actor John C. Reilly (Magnolia, Boogie Nights, Criminal) to talk about his latest feature, Cyrus, directed by Mark and Jay Duplass, in which he plays the lead role, along side Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei and Catherine Keener.

    Reilly discusses improvising as part of the storytelling element, his difficulty in making things funny and ease at being truthful since working on film exposes one’s heart to the camera. He also reveals that he does not want to direct – yet!

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  4. Sound of Young America: David Gordon Green

    David Gordon Green is a director. His films have ranged from the touching indie drama George Washington (his debut) to his most recent, the stoner action-comedy Pineapple Express. He's also worked with college friends Jody Hill, Danny McBride and Ben Best on the HBO series Eastbound and Down, and on the upcoming fantasy comedy Your Highness.

    He talked with us while visiting South by Southwest for a panel on Eastbound & Down. He discussed the parallels between his more dramatic and more comedic work, how he became a director of Big Movies, and about testing "Your Highness" and "Pineapple Express" for audiences.

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  5. The Treatment: Jeff Bridges

    Jeff Bridges is a lucky break for first-time writer-directors. Thirty-five years ago he got his first Oscar nomination in Michael Cimino's debut, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. This year, he scored his fifth nomination with Scott Cooper's Crazy Heart. Bridges on beginner's luck.

    Bridges discusses being directed by and acting alongside Hollywood legend John Huston, the advice of Crazy Heart's music producer/songwriter T. Bone Burnett, the enthusiasm of debut director and fellow actor Scott Cooper; The Iceman Cometh as a turning point in his acting career, Francis Ford Coppola's novel approach to directing Tucker: The Man and His Dream, and how, despite years of acting experience, he still suffers performance anxiety.

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  6. Creative Screenwriting: Andrew Stanton: Wall-E Q&A

    Senior Editor Jeff Goldsmith interviews co-writer/director Andrew Stanton about Wall-E

    Pixar directors tend to be really honest about their process and craft. They shirk anything that mythologizes the hard work that they put into it and that the final cinematic products of their films give off.


    Tagged with pixar

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