On Story 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 film-makers 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 film-making knowledge squeezed into half-hour packages.”
Breaking Bad: A Conversation With Vince Gilligan at 7:30
Vince Gilligan, creator of the AMC hit series Breaking Bad, reflects upon the show’s hyper-serialized storytelling, along with his inspirations and influences. Accompanied by Victor Nores’ short film, Euthanas Inc., about an old lady whose family wishes to no longer be burdened by her presence, and her plans to grant them an unexpected change of scene.
Frank Darabont: Filmmaker’s Journey at 7:30
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. Followed by Jeffrey DeChausse’s short film, Anniversario, trailing a woman’s visit to her two favorite hairdressers on the day of her 45th wedding anniversary for what becomes the most important makeover of their lives.
Alien: Deconstructing A Sci-Fi Classic at 7:30
An iconic example of its genre, Alien’s tension, pacing, and craftsmanship are deconstructed by veteran screenwriters John August and Ashley Miller. Accompanied by Jason Mann and Frieda Luk’s mystical short film, Delicacy, following a culinary connoisseur and his loyal chef as they dangerously navigate into the unknown with hopes to obtain a rare treat.
House Of Cards: A Conversation With Beau Willimon at 7:30
House of Cards creator, Beau Willimon, discusses writing for Netflix, working with David Fincher, and delving into the psychology of narrative power struggles. Artiz Moreno’s short film, Colera, follows with an ominous glimpse of a town that decides to take the law into their own hands, without considering the consequences.
A Conversation about Cheating with my Time Traveling Future Self
Rian Johnson (Looper), Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko), and Roberto Orci (Star Trek), 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. A Conversation About Cheating with my Time Traveling Future Self accompanies this episode, trailing one man’s attempt to better his life by traveling back in time to offer himself weathered advice, written and directed by Pornsak Pichetshote.
Thelma & Louise: A Conversation with Callie Khouri
Callie Khouri reflects upon her experience working with Ridley Scott and writing the classic female-driven-buddy film, Thelma and Louise. Followed by a comedic, yet honest glimpse into a recent immigrant’s first time visiting an American shopping “mecca”, Reza Hassani Goes to the Mall, a short film by Sara Zandieh.
More episodes of the 4th season of On Story coming soon.