On Story: Alec Berg & Paul Feig
From Austin Film Festival, On Story gives a look inside the creative process with today’s leading writers and directors.
On today’s episode, Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm writer Alec Berg. And later in our program, film and television director Paul Feig.
Alec Berg is best known for his work as a writer on Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm as well as the film The Dictator, starring Sacha Baron Cohen. Berg is currently an executive producer on HBO’s Silicon Valley, which was created by Mike Judge, now in its second season. This conversation was moderated by comedian Pat Hazel at the 20th Austin Film Festival in 2013.
Berg discusses the importance of context in comedy and the arc of two favorite episodes of the always complex and often edgy Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Paul Feig is a three-time Emmy nominated writer/director, best known for creating the beloved series Freaks and Geeks, which Time magazine listed as one of the 100 Greatest Shows of All Time, launching the careers of Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jason Segel. Feig also directed the films Bridesmaids, The Heat and multiple episodes of the television series Arrested Development, The Office, Nurse Jackie, Bored to Death, Weeds, 30 Rock, and Mad Men. In 2008, his work on The Office earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Direction in a Comedy Series. Feig is slated to direct the Ghostbusters reboot now in pre-production.
This conversation was moderated by Pat Hazell at the 19th Austin Film Festival in 2012. Feig discusses storytelling, his comedy roots and shooting Freaks and Geeks.