11.02.2014 - Peter Cowie, Martha De Laurentiis, Neil Jordan
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.