Author Archives: Peter Hanson

Peter Hanson

About Peter Hanson

Peter Hanson is the author of the books “Dalton Trumbo, Hollywood Rebel” (a finalist for the Theatre Library Association Award), “The Cinema of Generation X,” and “Tales from the Script: 50 Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Stories.” He is the director of the feature-length documentaries “Every Pixel Tells a Story” and “Tales of the Script,” plus the short films “Closure” and “Stagehand.” He also co-wrote the narrative feature “The Last Round,” and he writes the blog “Every 70s Movie.” He is preparing to direct the dramatic feature “The Eulogist.” A Michigan native, Hanson studied film at NYU. He lives in Beverly Hills.

An Army of Lovers: Inside the Inspirational Documentary ‘Vito’

“Making documentaries is not glamorous, but it’s what I’m put on Earth to do, so I think about Vito in that context—that he was doing what he was put on Earth to do,” notes filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz. “That’s so inspiring for anyone, no matter what your passion is.” For the late Vito Russo (1946–1990),...

Hidden Gold: The Duplass Brothers Infuse ‘The Do-Deca-Pentathalon’ with Character-Driven Truthfulness

Even though they’ve made studio films with Hollywood stars including Jason Segel (Jeff, Who Lives at Home) and John C. Reilly (Cyrus), the celebrated filmmaking fraternity of Jay and Mark Duplass—who often share credit as co-writers, co-producers, and co-directors—are still closely associated with “mumblecore,” the DIY storytelling style that emerged in tandem with the...

From Gore to Ganja: Horror Writer Stephen Susco Tries Something Different With the Stoner Comedy ‘High School’

Stephen Susco’s career illuminates one of the odder aspects of the screenwriting life—sometimes, a writer’s most familiar credits tell only part of the story about his or her artistic sensibilities. For instance, Susco’s first two produced movies were The Grudge (2004) and The Grudge 2 (2006), a pair of shockers that helped popularize American...

Beyond the Page: Funny Changes Everything

If you ask a comedian what it’s like to perform onstage, don’t expect a lighthearted response. “Doing standup is like walking on a tightrope over a tank filled with sharks while the audience is hacking at the tightrope with machetes,” notes J.D. Shapiro, a regular at venues including world-famous L.A. club the Comedy Store....

Ten Tips for Talking to Hollywood

Practicing savvy techniques can help ensure you’re taken seriously by the film industry—even before you’re a working professional. INT. BIG-TIME PRODUCTION COMPANY — DAY It’s 9:30 on Monday morning, and the place is hectic. Phones are ringing, executives are discussing scripts they read over the weekend, and everyone’s buzzing about the latest box-office figures....