On June 5, 2019, we took a special look inside the writers room of the critically acclaimed Netflix Original Series Russian Doll with creators and executive producers Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland along with executive producer and writer Allison Silverman and writers Jocelyn Bioh, Flora Birnbaum, and Cirocco Dunlap. Moderated by Jenelle Riley from Variety.
Express your intense feelings about the series’ conclusion all you want. I’m here to make the argument that the reason you possess intense feelings of any sort—the reason we’ve all been possessed with a collective passion and need to discuss the show at great length—comes down to that one critical thing: the way the storytellers made us feel about Sansa Stark, Tormund Giantsbane, Cersei Lannister and the rest of the characters.
A few Fridays ago, I went to the Smithsonian. There was a gathering of space historians and I wanted to chat with them, find out how we did. Damien [Chazelle] and I were scrupulous in our attempts to realistically capture space flight and Neil Armstrong's eight-year journey to the moon. I was so obsessed with it, I wrote a book—an annotated screenplay—to give historical context and to be transparent about the few places the movie takes license. Beyond 'showing my homework’, I wanted to start a conversation about the responsibility of screenwriters in tackling historical pieces.
2018 was a crazy year to say the least. Thankfully, we have films to give us inspiration, hope, beauty, humor, and sheer fun in the face of Life and horrifying tweets. Here are the Writers Guild Foundation staff’s favorite movies of the year. You can read most of these screenplays in the Library when we reopen on January 2.