The Hollywood Master: Clint Eastwood

Hollywood’s living legend Clint Eastwood stopped by SFTV for a special edition of The Hollywood Masters series. Eastwood sat down with Stephen Galloway, executive features editor at The Hollywood Reporter, to talk about his extensive career in film.

Ken Burns on Screening Rough Cuts

Alum Charles Dewey, who currently works at Burns’ production house Florentine Films, sat down with the documentary filmmaker to discuss his process of screening rough cuts. Join us at Mayer Theater on March 18 when Burns will be interviewed for The Hollywood Masters!

Hollywood Master: Ethan Hawke

SFTV kicked off the third season of The Hollywood Masters series with a visit from actor, writer and director Ethan Hawke. Hawke sat down with Stephen Galloway, executive features editor at The Hollywood Reporter, to talk about everything from his career in film to his personal beliefs.

Hollywood Master: Hilary Swank

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Two-time Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank wrapped up the second season of The Hollywood Masters series with Stephen Galloway on November 13, 2014. Swank, known for her roles in films such as Boys Don’t … Read more

Hollywood Master: Hans Zimmer

We can easily confer legendary status on composer Hans Zimmer. The German-born composer fell in love with storytelling and music as a child, which lead him to win an Academy … Read more

Hollywood Masters: Billy Bob Thornton

When Billy Bob Thornton burst onto the scene in 1996 with his acting/writing/directing debut Sling Blade, he left an indelible mark on Hollywood. He also left an indelible mark at … Read more

The Hollywood Masters: Alan Horn

“If you’re going to make a small movie that won’t be competitive internationally, you have to be either very lucky or very, very good,” said Horn.

William Friedkin: Hollywood Master

“You have to follow your vision and you can do more than I could ever do at your age. You have at your fingertips, all of you guys, the grammar of cinema available to you. The best source of where it’s going to come from is from you – not from somebody else, from you. Maybe somebody else you’re working with. You can make it and you can get it shown,” said Friedkin.

John Singleton: Hollywood Master

“I think that because films are being made in a different vein now, there’s not just a committee of people making them at the studios. Films are being made outside of the certain norm, people are putting in and financing. That’s a liberating thing. You’re going to get different types of stories made,” said Singleton.

Sherry Lansing: Hollywood Master

Her first producing success was the box-office smash Fatal Attraction in 1987. She eventually landed the chairmanship of Paramount Pictures’ Motion Picture Group in 1992, and during her tenure the studio had its longest and most successful string of hits since the 1930s including Forrest Gump, Braveheart and Titanic.

David O. Russell: Hollywood Master

“You have to do a lot of bad work before you do good work,” Russell assured the audience. “I tried to be a novelist but I couldn’t find my voice and it was too lonely. Filmmaking by its very nature is a more social endeavor.”