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A great script with a dull idea is a dull script. Learn tools like Maginification, Flipping, Substitution, Cousins, Word Association, why High Concept is *Your* Concept, and find your personal themes in high concept ideas. This is "Pitchfest Season" and your pitch will live or die on its idea. Make sure yours is great! Don't write 110 pages on a bland idea. Find the idea that you love...and producers will love!
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Posted: Apr 25, 2015 Hosted By: On Story Sydney Pollack, David Milch, Shane Black Memorable Characters and the Language of Storytelling This week on Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast, Memorable Characters and the Language of Storytelling with Sydney Pollack, David Milch and Shane Black. Actor, producer, and director Sydney Pollack has over one hundred film credits spanning six decades. He directed a number of memorable films such as Tootsie, The Firm, and Out Of Africa, which won him an Academy Award for Best Director. In addition to working on sixty-nine episodes of Hill Street Blues, Writer/Producer David Milch also created the shows, Deadwood, NYPD Blue, Luck, The Big Apple, and John from Cincinnati. Writer director Shane Black redefined the buddy movie genre in the late 1980's with the screenplay for Lethal Weapon. He later became known for creating memorable and complex characters not usually associated with the action genre and in his own distinct cinematic voice, gave us the screenplays to The Last Boyscout, and The Long Kiss Goodnight, as well as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3, both of which he also directed. All three were awarded at the 2006 Austin Film Festival & Conference. Audio from a panel featuring all three was used for this On Story Podcast. Hear them discuss finding the spine of the story, the source of their characters, and the value of style. Black, Pollack, and Milch all divulge what it takes to create memorable characters and their different approaches to writing.
Posted: Apr 22, 2015 Hosted By: Max Timm

The ISA is excited to include Luke Jaden as part of our Curious About podcast series of interviews. In this interview, Max Timm – the Dir of Community Outreach with the ISA – holds possibly one of the more inspiring interviews yet. Luke is a 19 year-old writer and filmmaker hailing from Detroit, and over the past four years has gone from making a documentary about the abolitionist John Brown specifically for a history class homework assignment, to landing an Oscar nominated actor in his fifth and up and coming film. Luke discusses the peaks and pitfalls of being a young filmmaker, the guts it takes to pursue such a career, and how his high school history teacher unknowingly spawned his filmmaking career. Luke is an inspiration for writers and filmmakers of all ages, and we think you’ll especially enjoy his passion, spunk, and overall excitement over what he loves to do.

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