On Story

Austin Film Festival's ON STORY is a half-hour series that gives a behind the scenes look at the creative process of the country's most beloved movies and TV shows. The show is a mash-up of footage of screenwriter and filmmakers discussing their craft and films. Each episode is thematically paired with one or two short films, with an introduction from the film's writer or director. LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan says: "On Story" is film school in a box, a lifetime's worth of filmmaking knowledge squeezed into half-hour packages."

Sun, Aug 9 6:00 A.M. Lady Bird: A Conversation with Greta Gerwig     NH WORLD

In our season 8 premiere episode, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and actress Greta Gerwig talks about her theatrical beginnings, what she learned working with filmmakers Noah Baumbach, Mike Mills, and others in such films as Frances Ha and 20th Century Women, and taking the leap to write and direct her own film, the critically acclaimed Lady Bird.

Sun, Aug 9 11:00 A.M. Lady Bird: A Conversation with Greta Gerwig     NH EXPLORE

In our season 8 premiere episode, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and actress Greta Gerwig talks about her theatrical beginnings, what she learned working with filmmakers Noah Baumbach, Mike Mills, and others in such films as Frances Ha and 20th Century Women, and taking the leap to write and direct her own film, the critically acclaimed Lady Bird.

Sun, Aug 9 4:30 P.M. Lady Bird: A Conversation with Greta Gerwig     NH WORLD

In our season 8 premiere episode, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and actress Greta Gerwig talks about her theatrical beginnings, what she learned working with filmmakers Noah Baumbach, Mike Mills, and others in such films as Frances Ha and 20th Century Women, and taking the leap to write and direct her own film, the critically acclaimed Lady Bird.

Sun, Aug 16 6:00 A.M. A Conversation with Larry Wilmore     NH WORLD

In this episode, legendary television producer, actor, comedian, and writer Larry Wilmore talks about his more than 25-year career span.

Sun, Aug 16 11:00 A.M. A Conversation with Larry Wilmore     NH EXPLORE

In this episode, legendary television producer, actor, comedian, and writer Larry Wilmore talks about his more than 25-year career span.

Sun, Aug 16 4:30 P.M. A Conversation with Larry Wilmore     NH WORLD

In this episode, legendary television producer, actor, comedian, and writer Larry Wilmore talks about his more than 25-year career span.

Sun, Aug 23 6:00 A.M. A Conversation with Jason Reitman     NH WORLD

Writer/director Jason Reitman, whose credits include Thank You for Smoking, Up in the Air Juno, and most recently, the TV series Casual, discusses his journey from novice filmmaker to indie stalwart.

Sun, Aug 23 4:30 P.M. A Conversation with Jason Reitman     NH WORLD

Writer/director Jason Reitman, whose credits include Thank You for Smoking, Up in the Air Juno, and most recently, the TV series Casual, discusses his journey from novice filmmaker to indie stalwart.

Sun, Aug 30 6:00 A.M. John Singleton's Classic Influences     NH WORLD

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, from the work of acclaimed playwright August Wilson to pioneering directors Spike Lee and Federico Fellini.

Sun, Aug 30 4:30 P.M. John Singleton's Classic Influences     NH WORLD

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, from the work of acclaimed playwright August Wilson to pioneering directors Spike Lee and Federico Fellini.

Sun, Sep 6 6:00 A.M. Script to Screen: A Quiet Place     NH WORLD

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.

Sun, Sep 6 4:30 P.M. Script to Screen: A Quiet Place     NH WORLD

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.

Sun, Sep 13 6:00 A.M. A Conversation with Lulu Wang     NH WORLD

This week on On Story, Lulu Wang, writer/director of The Farewell, discusses writing and directing the autobiographical story of her family's decision to lie to her grandmother about her terminal illness and instead plan a wedding to say their final goodbyes.

Sun, Sep 13 11:00 A.M. A Conversation with Lulu Wang     NH EXPLORE

This week on On Story, Lulu Wang, writer/director of The Farewell, discusses writing and directing the autobiographical story of her family's decision to lie to her grandmother about her terminal illness and instead plan a wedding to say their final goodbyes.

Sun, Sep 13 4:30 P.M. A Conversation with Lulu Wang     NH WORLD

This week on On Story, Lulu Wang, writer/director of The Farewell, discusses writing and directing the autobiographical story of her family's decision to lie to her grandmother about her terminal illness and instead plan a wedding to say their final goodbyes.

On Story By Episode

  • Fargo & True Detective: Television Anthologies (#502)

    True Detective director, Cary Fukunaga, and Fargo creator, Noah Hawley, discuss the rise of the television anthology series and how to execute a compelling balance of plot, character, and structure within the bounds of one season.

  • Groundhog Day: Deconstructing The Comedy Classic (#508)

    Danny Rubin, co-writer of Groundhog Day, deconstructs the unconventional romantic comedy's progression from script to screen and reminisces on his unique collaboration with the legendary Harold Ramis.

  • Planet of the Apes: Reimagining A Sci-Fi Franchise (#509)

    Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, co-writers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, discuss reimagining the popular sci-fi franchise and their delicate approach to depicting the protagonist's journey.

  • Dead Poets Society: Deconstructing the Acclaimed Classic (#510)

    Tom Schulman, writer of Dead Poet's Society, deconstructs the story's journey from script to screen, along with his unique working relationships on set with Robin Williams and director Peter Weir.

  • John Singleton's Classic Influences (#601)

    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, from the work of acclaimed playwright August Wilson to pioneering directors Spike Lee and Federico Fellini.

  • Zombies and Groot - Bringing Comics to Life (#603)

    Nicole Perlman (Guardian of the Galaxy) and Angela Kang (The Walking Dead) explore navigating a male-dominated industry as female genre writers.

  • The Path of an Action Writer: A Conversation with Robert Kamen (#605)

    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.

  • Awkward Black Girl: A Conversation with Issa Rae (#608)

    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.

  • Chris Cooper: A Conversation On Acting (#609)

    Chris Cooper, the Academy Award winning Best Supporting Actor, for his role in the comedy-drama Adaptation, discusses his acting career in both film and television.

  • America Ferrera on the Storyteller's Responsibility (#612)

    Producer/Emmy-award winning actress, America Ferrera talks about her early roles in film and television including the hit show Ugly Betty, Real Women Have Curves, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and working with Ryan Piers Williams on the independent film The Dry Land.

  • Saving Mr. Banks: Script to Screen (#614)

    Director John Lee Hancock and writer Kelly Marcel discuss how the script for Saving Mr.

  • A Conversation with Jason Reitman (#615)

    Writer/director Jason Reitman, whose credits include Thank You for Smoking, Up in the Air Juno, and most recently, the TV series Casual, discusses his journey from novice filmmaker to indie stalwart.

  • Arrested Development to Veep: A Conversation with Tony Hale (#703)

    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.

  • A Conversation with Marta Kauffman (#704)

    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.

  • Freaks & Muppets: A Conversation with Jason Segel (#707)

    As charming as any muppet, actor/writer Jason Segel relays how he was destined for the stage at an early age and how, from goofball to vampire puppet musical to full frontal nudity, he's formed a family of weirdos in film and television.

  • Creed: A New Legend (#708)

    In this episode, writer Aaron Covington discusses how he and co-writer/director Ryan Coogler came up with the idea for a unique and personal spin on the Rocky Balboa story and in the process created a new legend.

  • Deconstructing Billy Wilder (#709)

    Inarguably one of the greatest storytellers in Hollywood, filmmaker Billy Wilder's classic films include Double Indemnity, Sabrina, Sunset Boulevard, Some Like it Hot, The Apartment, and more.

  • Script to Screen: The Revenant (#713)

    Screenwriter Mark L. Smith discusses adapting The Revenant from book to screen, working with Alejandro Inarritu, and getting that famous bear attack right.

  • Psychological Thrillers (#715)

    The writers behind Red Eye, The X-Files, Disturbia, and Shut In weigh in on the crucial elements for those psychological thrillers that keep you up all night; namely putting regular people into horrifying scenarios - and hopefully getting them out in one piece.

  • Deconstructing Jane Austen (#716)

    The filmmakers behind Sense and Sensibility, The Jane Austen Book Club, and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries discuss the timelessness and relate-ability of Jane Austen's characters, from the jealousies, the romances, the desire to improve one's status, and, of course, Mr.

  • Trail Stories: The Making of Lonesome Dove (#717)

    Producer Suzanne de Passe, screenwriter Bill Wittliff, and crew share stories about the making of Lonesome Dove, the movie adapted from the NYT bestselling novel by Larry McMurtry.

  • Lady Bird: A Conversation with Greta Gerwig (#801)

    In our season 8 premiere episode, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and actress Greta Gerwig talks about her theatrical beginnings, what she learned working with filmmakers Noah Baumbach, Mike Mills, and others in such films as Frances Ha and 20th Century Women, and taking the leap to write and direct her own film, the critically acclaimed Lady Bird.

  • A Conversation with Keenen Ivory Wayans (#802)

    Entertainment trailblazer writer/director/producer Keenen Ivory Wayans achieved national prominence when he created the culturally groundbreaking, Emmy award-winning, black-oriented comedy satire In Living Color.

  • Script to Screen: Arrival (#804)

    Once considered "unfilmable," the movie Arrival scored big at the box office.

  • A Conversation with Misha Green (#808)

    Show creator Misha Green isn't afraid to push boundaries; the critically-acclaimed Underground, a historical period drama about the Underground Railroad that she co-created with Joe Pokaski, combined terror, modern music, romance, and thrills, breaking ground for the genre.

  • A Conversation with Mark Frost (#809)

    Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost talks about the impact of the original cult favorite show, collaborating with David Lynch, updating the series for a less innocent era, and exploring the human condition as a narrative story on screen.

  • The People v. OJ Simpson: A Conversation with Scott Alexander (#810)

    It was the verdict heard around the world, one that has continued to haunt and divide our country's collective conscience.

  • A Conversation with Robert Townsend (#811)

    Writer, director, producer, actor, and comedian Robert Townsend has over 30 years of experience working in film and television.

  • A Conversation with Courtney Kemp (#814)

    In this episode, creator, showrunner, and producer Courtney A.

  • Script to Screen: American Gods (#815)

    With a huge list of characters, ambitious flashbacks, centuries' worth of mythology, and constant epic battles between gods-all within the confines of a television series, adapting Neil Gaiman's seminal novel American Gods was no small feat.

  • Great Adaptations (#816)

    In this episode, the screenwriters behind Arrival, Kubo and the Two Strings, and I Love Dick discuss book-to-film adaptations and translating themes and literary devices to the screen.

  • A Conversation with Noah Hawley (#817)

    In this episode, award-winning screenwriter, producer, and director Noah Hawley, the man behind some of TV's best dramatic series, Fargo and Legion explores the creation and execution of a limited series, writing across mediums, and making adaptations your own.

  • Script to Screen: Snowpiercer (#819)

    Join Snowpiercer co-writer Kelly Masterson as he dissects the story's journey from graphic novel to script-to-screen.

  • A Conversation with Larry Wilmore (#901)

    In our season 9 premiere episode, legendary television producer, actor, comedian, and writer Larry Wilmore talks about his more than 25-year career span.

  • A Conversation with Larry Wilmore (#901)

    In this episode, legendary television producer, actor, comedian, and writer Larry Wilmore talks about his more than 25-year career span.

  • The Original Disney Princess: A Conversation with Linda Woolverton (#902)

    In 1991, Linda Woolverton became the first woman to write an animated feature for Disney.

  • Avengers: A Conversation with Stephen McFeely & Christopher Markus (#903)

    Writing partners Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are no strangers to blockbuster franchises.

  • Script to Screen: A Quiet Place (#904)

    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.

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  • A Conversation with Ali Leroi (#908)

    Ali LeRoi has mastered comedy from all angles: he's worked as a stand-up comedian, writer, director, and television creator.

  • The Disaster Artist: A Conversation with Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber (#909)

    In this episode, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber discuss The Disaster Artist and its adaptation from true events to film adaptation.

  • A Conversation with Roger Corman (#910)

    In this episode, legendary producer and director Roger Corman shares his independent filmmaking background and his extensive body of work, which includes over 500 film credits.

  • Wild Wild Country: A Conversation with Chapman & Maclain Way (#911)

    In this episode, documentary filmmakers Chapman and Maclain Way discuss their Emmy award-winning Netflix documentary, Wild Wild Country.

  • Deconstructing Nora Ephron (#912)

    Sleepless in Seattle. When Harry Met Sally. You've Got Mail.

  • A Conversation with Graham Yost (#913)

    In this episode, we'll hear from writer, producer, and showrunner Graham Yost.

  • A Conversation with Pamela Ribon (#914)

    In this episode, writer and best-selling author Pamela Ribon discusses writing the Disney films Moana and Ralph Breaks the Internet as well as writing for the TV show, Samantha Who?.

  • A Conversation with Kevin McDonald (#915)

    In this episode, we'll hear from Kids in the Hall and Brain Candy comedy writer and performer, Kevin McDonald on writing sketch comedy, performing standup and improv and the process for generating fresh content with his iconic comedy troupe.

  • A Conversation with Sasheer Zamata (#916)

    In this episode, actress and comedian Sasheer Zamata discusses the nuts and bolts of her comedy sketch writing and acting on Saturday Night Live and how to bring your own voice as a performer.

  • A Conversation with Dana Gould (#917)

    In this episode, writer Dana Gould discusses the ins and outs of writing for TV's longest-running scripted comedy series The Simpsons and his role as creator and co-executive producers of the IFC horror-comedy Stan Against Evil.

  • On Writing Chernobyl (#1001)

    In our season 10 premiere episode, Craig Mazin, Emmy Award-winning creator of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, discusses the creative process behind his faithful account of the 1986 nuclear accident that led to one of the worst human disasters in history.

  • A Conversation with Lulu Wang (#1002)

    This week on On Story, Lulu Wang, writer/director of The Farewell, discusses writing and directing the autobiographical story of her family's decision to lie to her grandmother about her terminal illness and instead plan a wedding to say their final goodbyes.

  • A Conversation with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (#1003)

    Winter finally arrived for the groundbreaking series Game of Thrones.

  • On Writing to All The Boys I've Loved Before (#1004)

    This week on On Story, To All the Boys I've Loved Before writer Sofia Alvarez discusses the process of adapting the New York Times bestselling young adult novel into a hit romantic comedy for Netflix.

  • A Conversation with Catherine Reitman (#1005)

    This week on On Story, Catherine Reitman discusses her acting career in film and television, bringing the pain and comedy of real-life experiences into her work, and her transition to the role of creator/writer/star of the International Emmy Award-nominated comedy series Workin' Moms.

  • A Conversation with Felicia Henderson (#1006)

    This week on On Story, we'll hear from writer and producer Felicia D.

  • Telling True Crime Stories (#1007)

    This week on On Story, screenwriters Michael Werwie (Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile) and Guinevere Turner (Charlie Says) discuss the challenges of crafting compelling entertainment while respecting the human stories affected by the crimes.

  • A Conversation with Megan Amram (#1008)

    This week on On Story, The Good Place, Parks & Recreation, and Silicon Valley writer Megan Amram discusses developing characters audiences care about, the emotion behind the humor, and her Emmy-nominated web series, An Emmy for Megan.

  • A Conversation with Virgil Williams (#1009)

    This week on On Story, Virgil Williams, writer on 24, Criminal Minds, and Mudbound, discusses adapting work for the screen, being nominated for an Academy Award, and the power of routine.

  • On Writing Veep (#1010)

    This week on On Story, VEEP showrunner David Mandel discusses his role at the helm of the critically acclaimed series, developing a cast of characters as beloved as they are deplorable, and bringing the story to its hilariously bittersweet close.

  • A Conversation with Lawrence Kasdan (#1011)

    This week on ​On Story, ​Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter of ​The Big Chill​, ​ The Empire Strikes Back, ​Raiders of the Lost Ark ​ and many more, ​ ​remembers the creative process behind some of his greatest films and getting to the heart of a story.

  • On Writing: Glow (#1012)

    This week on On Story, GLOW co-creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch discuss adapting the real-life '80s phenomenon Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling as a fictional series and the liberties they took in the storytelling process.

  • A Conversation with Ron Bass (#1013)

    This week on On Story, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Ron Bass discusses his prolific career writing box office mega-hits like Rain Man, My Best Friend's Wedding, and Sleeping with the Enemy.



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