On this week’s On Story we’ll speak with the writers behind Mad Men, Westworld, and 11.22.63 to explore audiences fascination with film and television set in the past and the challenges writers face when tasked with telling stories set in a different time. We’ll also hear from some of today’s top romantic comedy writers on the lasting influence of filmmaker Nora Ephron.
From Lawrence of Arabia to The Crown, audiences have always been intrigued by stories set in the past. But what considerations do writers have to make when telling a story in a different time and what liberties can they take when they are writing about real events or real people? Screenwriter Alvarao Rodriguez spoke with 11.22.63 creator Bridget Carpenter and Mad Men writer Carly Wray to discuss research, authenticity, and the dangers of nostalgia.
Sleepless in Seattle. When Harry Met Sally. You've Got Mail. Julie & Julia. It’s undeniable that Nora Ephron was one of the greatest romantic comedy writer/directors Hollywood has ever seen. Professor Greg Garrett spoke with Man Up writer Tess Morris and (500) Days of Summer writer Scott Neustadter to discuss how Ephron’s films continue to entertain audiences and how her writing has influenced their own work.
Clips of Westworld courtesy of Home Box Office (HBO), Warner Brothers Television, and Bad Robot
Clips of 11.22.63 courtesy of Warner Brothers Entertainment
Clips of Mad Men courtesy of Lionsgate Television & American Movie Classics (AMC)
Clips of Silkwood courtesy of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.
Clips of Sleepless in Seattle courtesy of TriStar Pictures, Inc
Clips of Julie & Julia courtesy of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc
Clips of When Harry Met Sally courtesy of Castle Rock Entertainment
Clips of You've Got Mail courtesy of Warner Brothers, a division of Time Warner Entertainment Company, LP