11.02.2014 - Martha De Laurentiis, Neil Jordan, moderated by Peter Cowie
Stories that evolve over several episodes and seasons can profoundly captivate the audience and gain engagement in unique ways. How can filmmakers innovate with the serial form to develop characters over a longer period? This session features accomplished producer Martha De Laurentiis and Oscar®-winning director Neil Jordan who will discuss the narrative advantages of creating a story for a serial format. After producing the Hannibal Lecter films, De Laurentiis worked on adapting this iconic character into the new Hannibal series. Jordan also used strong historical figures as the foundation to build his character-driven drama The Borgias. These experts will discuss how they developed their series, casting and working with their stars: Danish sensation Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal, and in The Borgias, the Oscar®-winning Jeremy Irons, creating an alluring opening sequence, the importance of branding, and their working process with their creative teams.
A film historian and former International Publishing Director of Variety magazine, Peter Cowie has written more than 30 books on major figures and eras of world cinema, including Bergman, Welles, Coppola and Kurosawa. He published and edited the annual International Film Guide for 40 years, and has contributed numerous commentaries to Criterion’s DVD collection. He has been a consultant to Berlinale Talents since the programme’s inception in 2003.