Brock Swinson

Finding the Emotional Core of Zootopia

Finding the Emotional Core of Zootopia

Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Clark Spencer on pop culture references in Zootopia, the Disney collaboration model, and serious themes in animation.

In Disney Animation, story is king. For the film Zootopia, seven creators worked to shape the story that began in the mind of Byron Howard. In the later portion of their five-year battle to bring the Zootopians to life, major plot changes occurred while they remained true to an idea of discussing prejudices frankly, through […]

 Brock Swinson

Narrative Therapy: Pamela Romanowsky on The Adderall Diaries

Narrative Therapy: Pamela Romanowsky on The Adderall Diaries

Pamela Romanowsky on adapting The Adderall Diaries, fictionalizing a memoir and how we edit our life stories.

By Brock Swinson. Written and directed by Pamela Romanowsky, The Adderall Diaries stars James Franco as author Stephen Elliot, with co-stars Ed Harris, Amber Heard, Cynthia Nixon, and Christian Slater. Overcome with writer’s block, substance abuse, fleeting relationships, and parental issues, Stephen Elliot hits rock bottom when his estranged father arrives and publicly claims that his son […]

 Brock Swinson

“You Can’t Be Precious.” Bryan Sipe on Demolition

“You Can’t Be Precious.” Bryan Sipe on Demolition

Bryan Sipe discusses the ideas behind his latest film, the use of music in film, and his approach to writing.

By Brock Swinson. In Demolition, Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Davis, an investment banker perched atop the corporate ladder, whose seemingly perfect life is shaken when his wife Julia (Heather Lind) dies in a car crash. Numb and unsure of his next move, Davis begins to dismantle his life, beginning with the materials around him, believing, […]

 Brock Swinson

“When I’m not writing there is incredible guilt.” Matt Brown on The Man Who Knew Infinity

“When I’m not writing there is incredible guilt.” Matt Brown on The Man Who Knew Infinity

Writer/Director Matt Brown on the project's long gestation, the cathartic moment of a good story, and the scene he wishes he hadn't cut.

Writer/Director Matt Brown on the project’s long gestation, the cathartic moment of a good story, and the scene he wishes he hadn’t cut.

 Brock Swinson

“I understand how people talk.” William DeMeo on Back in the Day

“I understand how people talk.” William DeMeo on Back in the Day

William DeMeo on writing from your own experience, racial tensions in Brooklyn, and big name writers jumping on your script.

By Brock Swinson. William DeMeo lives the classic advice to “write what you know.” In his new film, Back in the Day, DeMeo pens, trains, and breathes the life of a half Italian, half Puerto Rican boxer named Anthony. Anthony grows up in a racially divided New York neighborhood with an alcoholic father. His world […]

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