Category Archives: Filmmaker Interviews

VIDEO: Creative Spark: Screenwriter, David Seidler

Today we bring you a video, courtesy of Academy Originals, featuring screenwriter David Seidler.  Best known for “The King’s Speech”, starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, David talks us through is writing process, his inspiration and how he engages his creativity.  Also how he uses fly fishing to feed his creative mind.  It is a fascinating look at how one writer writes and understand the process behind one of the most important aspects of filmmaking.

VIDEO: Film Producers Round Table Conversation (SAG Foundation)

Happy Saturday!

Today we thought we’d bring you a round table panel interview with four producers based in Hollywood, including Judi Levine – an Australian producer who arrived in LA 18 years ago and just had her (and her husband’s) first major movie success with “The Sessions”.

Side note: As actors, we often forget that we are not the only ones who have to graft and slog and keep aiming high against all the odds. The truth is that just about everyone in this biz has to do the same thing – no matter which side of the camera they stand on.

This interview session gives you a great idea of what a producer does and how that relates to you as an actor – which is always useful information, and, as they say, knowledge is power.

The panellists are:

Chay Carter (Producer, Argo)
David Klawans (Executive Producer, Argo, Producer, Nacho Libre)
Judi Levine (Producer, The Sessions)
Sean McKittrick (Producer, Donnie Darko, Producer, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies)


VIDEO: Jim Gianopulos, Brad Grey, Alan Horn, Donna Langley, Jonathan Sehring and Kevin Tsujihara Discuss Being Film Studio Heads (THR)

It’s nearly here … only one day to go until one of the red-letter days of the acting biz arrives – Oscars Sunday.  So today, in honour of the biggest event in Hollywood, we present the final video  in a series of current top movie talent round-table interviews, conducted by The Hollywood Reporter – The Studio Heads’ Round Table.

Traditionally less-forthcoming than the more visible actors, directors and writers, Hollywood Studio bosses, Jim Gianopulos (Fox), Brad Grey (Paramount),  Alan Horn (Disney Studios), Donna Langley (Universal),  Jonathan Sehring (IFC Films) and Kevin Tsujihara (Warner Bros.) discuss Superhero movie overload, the challenges of the box office and the rise of Netflix, among other issues now being faced by the traditional power centres in Hollywood and beyond.

In preparation for tomorrow’s Academy Awards’ presentation, curl up and get to know some of the biggest decision makers in the business and how the biz ticks from the top down in this engaging round table discussion.  Enjoy.

VIDEO: Peter Chernin, Eric Fellner, John Lesher, Marc Platt, Cathleen Sutherland and Emma Thomas Discuss Producing (THR)

In the penultimate video in a series of current top movie talent round-table interviews, conducted by The Hollywood Reporter in the lead up to Oscar Night, we hear from top Hollywood Producers Peter Chernin, Eric Fellner, John Lesher (Birdman), Marc Platt, Cathleen Sutherland (Boyhood) and Emma Thomas (Interstellar) about the state of the biz, how movie Marketing budgets need to be bigger, what their views are on the movie business then and now and much more.

In the week leading up to the Oscars, sit back, grab a pen and paper and soak up a ton of fascinating info from the other side of the camera from The Roundtables: The Producers.  Enjoy.

VIDEO: Anthony McCarten, Jon Favreau, Gillian Flynn, Jonathan Nolan, Chris Rock and Graham Moore Discuss Writing (THR)

The next interview in the line-up in a series of current top movie talent round-table interviews, conducted by The Hollywood Reporter in the lead up to the Oscars is with the vital players in any film – the writers.   Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything), Jon Favreau (Chef), Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar), Chris Rock (Top Five) and Graham Moore (The Imitation Game) discuss their role as writer, the challenges and joys of working on that side of the industry, their current scripts and films and much, much more.

Grab a cup of tea, settle down and enjoy these roundtable highlights with some of the best screenwriters around today …

To see the full video, visit The Hollywood Reporter website:

VIDEO: Angelina Jolie, Christopher Nolan, Richard Linklater, Mike Leigh, Bennett Miller and Morten Tyldum Discuss Directing (THR)

The next video in a series of current top movie talent round-table interviews, conducted by The Hollywood Reporter focuses on the Directors.  Angelina Jolie (Unbroken), Christopher Nolan (Interstellar), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner), Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher) and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) talk about their current films, their process, methods and approaches, how they cast their films, what they look for in an actor and their own careers and experiences to date.

It makes for fascinating viewing.  So curl up with a cup of coffee and use the next 50 minutes to find out more about and from the current hot directors of Hollywood.  Enjoy.