Evan Puschak is writer and film/art enthusiast known online as Nerdwriter. He’s been posting video essays on YouTube covering various topics for the last three years, but what caught my eye is his Understanding Art series. I’ve embedded my favorite episodes below.
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Watch the full short here, and more behind the scenes here.
Watch the completed short here.
The Creator’s Project has put together an excellent analysis of the subject matter of Ex-Machina, a film I would put second only to Mad Mad: Fury Road for the year’s best film. The film’s writer and director, Alex Garland, talks about the genesis of the story, character motivations, and his own love story with Ava, the film’s central character. While I don’t recall spoilers, I’d recommend seeing the film before you watch this.
It’s amazing that such a wealth of story analysis has slipped my radar for so long. Austin Film Festival has an incredible YouTube library wherein classic films are deconstructed by famous screenwriters to find out what makes them work, and what makes them work well. The series is currently in it’s fifth season. Below is but one episode of the show where veteran screenwriters John August and Ashley Miller break down the sci-fi classic, Alien.
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Duckman was one of my favorite shows of the mid-nineties. It really stood out from the pack with it’s noir inspired style, adult themes, incredible voice talent, and twisted humor. Everett Peck, the show’s creator, along with voice talent Gregg Berger, provide the commentary for this un-aired pilot episode. It’s a mish-mash of finished and unfinished shots. In it, Peck talks about the challenges of creating the show, how he changed Duckman’s design after this episode, and many more inspiring topics. Highly recommended!