How To Make A Great Commercial, Part I

Top ad creative and founder of Barton F. Graf 9000 Gerry Graf walks us through how to turn a brief into a blockbuster commercial. Part I.

How To Make A Great Commercial , Part II

Part II of Gerry Graf’s breakdown of how to make the perfect spot.

How To Create An Unforgettable Portrait

Nadav Kander, one of the world’s leading photographers, shares the technique and philosophy behind his arresting portraits.

How To Do A Monster Mega Remix

Pogo, aka Nick Bertke has amassed millions of views for his mind-altering musical creations mixed from your favorite movies. It seems like magic, but he breaks down how it actually happens here.

How To Shoot Your Dog In A Car

Sometimes you just want to shoot your dog enjoying a ride. Director Keith Hopkin, creator of the popular series Dogs in Cars, tells you how.

How To Shoot A Rock Star

Other times, you’ve got to shoot Slash. Legendary rock photographer Robert Knight schools us on how to capture the splendor of the rock god.

How To Turn Your Podcast Into A Media Network

Jesse Thorn talks about his podcast The Sound of Young America and how he built the Maximum Fun network.

How To Develop Bits Like A Late Night Talk Show Writer

Comedian and Conan writer Andres Du Bouchet walks us through the process of writing comedy for late night TV.

How To Tell A Story With Animation

Bill Plympton's Guide To Telling Animated Stories.

How To Make A Hit Record, From "Moves Like Jagger" Writer Benny Blanco

How To Make A Hit Record, From "Moves Like Jagger" Writer Benny Blanco.

Andy Daly On How to Be A Character

Andy Daly On How to Be A Character.

How to Create a Viral Blockbuster the Gymkhana Way

Ken Block and director Ben Conrad get into the details of their hugely popular auto racing video series.

How to Shoot a Polar Bear

Riding along on a Lindblad/National Geographic expedition to the Arctic with photographer Rich Reid, writer Mona Gable was privy to a lesson in shooting Arctic wildlife.

6 Tips For Writing a (Money-Making) Script, From a Billion-Dollar Screenwriting Duo

You may recognize Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant from “Reno 911,” which they created and starred in. What you probably don’t know is that their movies have grossed over a billion dollars at the box office.

Director Tony Gilroy on Creating Action Scenes the “Bourne” Way

After writing the entire series and directing “The Bourne Legacy,” Tony Gilroy knows how epic action scenes are built. Here, he discusses how environment, design and sticking with the character are key to authentic Bourne action.

How to Write For Any Medium (From a Guy Who’s Written For “The New Yorker”, “Saturday Night Live”, and Pixar)

Simon Rich writes novels, essays, screenplays, and sketches—and he’s written them for some of the most respected arbiters of quality in their respective fields. Here, the prolific writer talks to Co.Create about the differences between each medium, and how to choose where an idea belongs.

Thank You, I Have Cancer: How Tig Notaro Is Finding the Comedy in Tragedy (Without The Time)

Thank You, I Have Cancer: How Tig Notaro Is Finding the Comedy in Tragedy (Without The Time)

How To Tell A Story—Right Now—From A Master Of Improv

How To Tell A Story—Right Now—From A Master Of Improv: Upright Citizen Brigade founding member Matt Besser is one of the world’s leading improvers. Here, the off-the-cuff expert offers wisdom on how to free associate your way to solid spontaneous storytelling.

The Making Of A Man: How Ron Swanson Became Ron Swanson

The Making Of A Man: How Ron Swanson Became Ron Swanson: Here, actor Nick Offerman talks to Co.Create about how the character was originally conceived and how he and the writers rubbed off on each other.

How To Be A Happy And Successful Creative Freelancer (Or Work With One)

How To Be A Happy And Successful Creative Freelancer (Or Work With One): Freelancers share their best practices for being their own boss, and why you should so totally just do it.

How Garfunkel & Oates Launched A Recording And Touring Career On YouTube

How Garfunkel & Oates Launched A Recording And Touring Career On YouTube: Before they started touring, putting out albums and working with HBO, Garfunkel & Oates paved the way for their musical-comedy career with YouTube videos that were seen by millions. It was not as easy is it looks.

Playing Three-Dimensional Chess: “Looper” Director Rian Johnson On Making a Time Travel Movie

Playing Three-Dimensional Chess: “Looper” Director Rian Johnson On Making a Time Travel Movie: Here, Rian Johnson talks to Co.Create about continuity, character, and making up the rules of time travel.

Master Class: John Hodgman On How to Know Everything

Master Class: John Hodgman On How to Know Everything: John Hodgman is a human compendium of facts. All of them, to be exact. The comedic author, actor, and "Daily Show" correspondent shares the secrets to obtaining total knowledge, and why you should never smoke e-cigarettes.

Collaboration Isn’t Always Pretty—Behind The Emmy-Winning VFX For “Game Of Thrones”

Collaboration Isn’t Always Pretty—Behind The Emmy-Winning VFX For “Game Of Thrones”: A collaborative process enabled Pixomondo to complete the intensive VFX on the last season of Game of Thrones. The result won the studio an Emmy, but that doesn’t mean it was easy.

School's In: Catch Up On Co.Create's Master Classes

From photography to remixing—leading creators share exactly how they do what they do in our Master Class series. Here, all the Master Classes so far.

For the past few months, Co.Create has been asking a lot of probing—verging on invasive—questions of some of the most original and prolific creators across the cultural landscape.

We took their excellent answers and shaped them into our Master Class series. This ongoing feature series presents insights into the creative process of accomplished people from fields ranging from photography to advertising to comedy. Each Master Class examines, simply, how the best creatives across various disciplines do what they do.

Our subjects have ranged from Gerry Graf, one of the ad industry’s premier creatives, taking us through how to make a great commercial and Conan writer Andres du Bouchet on writing comedy to leading photographer Nadav Kander on capturing an unforgettable portrait.

Expect to see many more Master Classes from an ever expanding array of creators in the coming weeks.

For now, we present all of our Master Classes to date in one handy package. Click through the slide show above for a recap of past installments and follow the links to start learnin.'

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