World-Building Tips from 'Se7en' Writer Andrew Kevin Walker and 'Metalocalypse' Showrunner Chris Prynoski [PODCAST]

The strength of any film—even one as irreverent as Nerdland— can be found in its most specific details.

As I was making my first pass at Tribeca's extensive program of films to cover, there was one title in particular that jumped out at me. Admittedly, at first, it was because Paul Rudd was starring. Everybody loves Paul Rudd.

Then, I looked a bit more closely. This strange animated film, Nerdlandwas produced by Adult Swim production powerhouse Titmouse Inc., the group of animators responsible for creating some of the most revolutionary cartoons to have been featured on television ever. These guys made the contemporary classics Black Dynamite, China, IL, Metalocalypse, Superjail! and The Venture Brothers, which everyone should check out if only for their sheer abrasive creativity.

The same can be said for Nerdland; the script, penned by Se7en screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker, contributes a little extra insanity. The film is certainly not for everyone (at one point you get a little too acquainted with one of the protagonist's buttholes), but it is one of the most unique films you will see all year.

No Film School sat down with Mr. Walker and Chris Prynoski, head honcho at Titmouse, who was so stricken by the script that he requested to direct the film. We discussed how the director and writer's collaboration should be so seamless that the audience shouldn't be sure who's responsible for what in the final cut.      

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I'm not really sure I got any world building tips from this. It was a fine interview, but pretty damn misleading title.

May 3, 2016 at 8:05AM


Have to agree. It's a nice interview, but I was disappointed due to the title and false expectations.

May 3, 2016 at 8:29AM


Yea. I thought, "Oh, the Se7en and Metalocalypse guys must have some great insight into world building!" But instead it was just a nice interview about collaboration where neither of them wanted to take much credit for making something cool.

May 3, 2016 at 8:48AM


Sorry, if the title misled you guys. It's often hard to dive deep into detail with these sort of podcasts, since we're only allotted about twenty minutes with the talent in a small press room and the film itself (rather than technique) is often on the forefront of discussion.

That being said, I think if you get a chance to see Nerdland you'll be struck by how the detail of animation (going back in later to layer in new art, running gags and themes) helps to build a very strong world.

My apologies though and I guarantee I will be working hard on steering these conversations away from the film itself to focus more on the craft in future episodes!

May 3, 2016 at 8:53AM, Edited May 3, 8:53AM

Jon Fusco
Senior Producer

May 5, 2016 at 12:35AM