Backstory issue 20 – is now live on the iPad!
(all versions – even the mini)
**We publish exclusively on the iPad** Yet hope to have our magazine on the web soon! Right here in fact, so please understand this is a TEMPORARY home page.
There’s a ton of great pieces in issue 20 – so – please check out a free PDF of our table of contents by clicking the link near the top right of this page.
Issue 20 contains plenty of in-depth interviews with top directors, screenwriters and producers and is enhanced with multimedia elements plus full length scripts and excerpts for you to read!
The twentieth issue of Backstory is jam packed with full-length interviews from today’s most innovative storytellers and includes:
A Few Backstory Issue 20 Highlights:
**Cover Story: The Hateful Eight**
We love this film and know you’ll dig our in-depth coverage, which went live right as the film was released. You have four great stories to choose from.
The Hateful Eight: (Spoiler Free): The Writer-Director
Two-time Oscar winner Quentin Tarantino on crafting his riveting western.
The Hateful Eight: (Spoilers & All): The Writer-Director
Quentin Tarantino on the motivation, the process and the instincts behind his excellent, star-studded western.
The Hateful Eight: The Actor
Jennifer Jason Leigh on taking a beating, finding heart in a heathen and showing no mercy in Quentin Tarantino’s new western.
The Hateful Eight: The Editor
Fred Raskin on joining maestro Quentin Tarantino once again and cutting his epic film.
ALSO: You’ll love these other in-depth storytelling pieces
Inside the 2015 Nicholl Competition
The Fellowship of Five
See what it takes to make the cut, what a rejection letter looks like and how this year’s scribes charmed the committee and took the prize. Plus read Nicholl scripts!
TV DVR’d: Jessica Jones
Melissa Rosenberg brings Marvel’s brash, hard-drinking superhero to life in an acclaimed Netflix show.
Retro: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Screenwriter Caroline Thompson on molding Tim Burton’s idea and Danny Elfman’s songs into a modern classic.
Black List Tales: Merc
Andrew Bozalis and Derek Mether land their intense action drama on the venerable compendium, and it leads to an immediate script sale. Plus read the script!
TV DVR’d: The Man in the High Castle
Frank Spotnitz brings Philip K. Dick’s novel to life in a streaming Amazon series focused on an alternate universe where the U.S. lost World War II and was occupied by German & Japanese forces.
Current Cinema: Anomalisa
Oscar-winning writer Charlie Kaufman teams with stop-motion director Duke Johnson to bring his character-driven fever dream to the screen.
Current Cinema: The Big Short: The Co-Writer
Charles Randolph on finding the lighter elements within America’s dark 2008 financial collapse.
Current Cinema: The Big Short: The Director
Adam McKay on injecting comedy into drama, breaking the fourth wall and why substance always dictates style.
Current Cinema: Carol
Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy on sticking with a novel adaptation until she was able to hand it over to a worthy director.
Current Cinema: Creed
Co-writers Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington brings a personal story to the iconic Rocky franchise and score a knockout.
Current Cinema: The Revenant
Mark L. Smith on co-writing his brutal but beautiful historical drama.
PLUS: Read almost all of the top Oscar & WGA nominated scripts in one place because we’ve collated every single one of them for ya—so ya don’t have hunt around!
ALSO: Writer-Director Laszlo Nemes on Son of Saul and Documentarian Kent Jones on Hitchcock/Truffaut.
Backstory issue 20 delivers the winter read you’ve been craving!
Download or view a full issue 20 Table of Contents PDF by clicking on it on the top right of this page!
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