"Parks and Recreation" breakout character Ron Swanson is the widely beloved, heavily quoted backbone of the series, which returns September 20. 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.
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.
Andy Daly is one of the top improvisers and sketch performers around, known for creating hilarious, fully realized characters on stage and screen. Here he talks to Co.Create about the value of committing and how characters can be borne of one’s surroundings.
There’s no such thing as a hit machine. But 24-year-old Benny Blanco has been turning out pop music monsters with a machine-like frequency. Here, Blanco shares his secrets for finding inspiration, balancing the role of creative partner and therapist, and knowing when to play ping-pong.
Director Cameron Michael scored a hit with his arresting short film, The Manhattan Project, which shows, you guessed it, an accelerated day in the life of NYC. Here, Michael explains the creative choices behind this eye-popping art form.
Bill Plympton is an independent animation icon. His drawings have appeared in syndicated columns, Academy Award-nominated shorts, videos for musicians like Kanye West, commercials for Microsoft, and more. Although he doesn’t believe much in art school, here he shares some lessons with Co.Create.
Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom has shaped up to be one of the critical successes of the summer. With the film still rolling out in theaters and winning audiences and acclaim, the director explains how his latest hit went from script to storyboard to screen.
Lee Hardcastle is the maker of some of the most seen, loved, and perhaps most gruesome, claymation shorts around. Each of his pieces is instantly recognizable and distinctively his own. Here, the artist talks to Co.Create about his process for putting a film together and his philosophy of "the gore the merrier."
On May 1st, Amanda Palmer created a Kickstarter account asking fans to help bypass the record label system in funding her new album. Within a month, she’d raised $1.2 million and sounded an industry-wide wake-up call.
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.