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Creator: Austin Film Festival

Collection #: 125

Biographical Note: The Austin Film Festival, a non-profit organization founded in 1994 and based in Austin, Texas, hosts an annual Austin Film Festival & Conference, a gathering of professional and amateur screenwriters and filmmakers to participate in panel presentations, parties, Screenplay and Teleplay Competitions, and screenings. It was the first event of its kind to focus on screenwriters and filmmakers, and refers to itself as “the writers’ conference.”

Scope and Contents: The collection consists of audio and video media and digital files of recordings of Austin Film Festival Festival & Conference panel presentations from 1994-2007.

The Austin Film Festival prioritizes digitization by date and topic, thus not all conference sessions are digitized. The Austin Film Festival is continuing to digitize materials and we expect further donations. Listed here are recordings that are available online. A full description of the collection and complete listing of recordings can be found at .

Processing Information: Processed by Lauren Goodley, Evaliza Fuentes, and Stephanie Forsythe

Preferred Citation: [Item title, date], Austin Film Festival Conference Recordings, Southwestern Writers Collection, Texas State University.

Use Restrictions: These materials are protected under copyright. For use and publication please visit .

Online Collection Inventory

Presentations, 1994

“All the World's A Screen,” October 14, 1994. Jim Hart.

“Case Study: Men in Black,” October 14, 1994. Ed Solomon, Barry Josephson.

“Master Class: Jim Hart on Story Structure,” October 15, 1994. Jim Hart.

“Matt Gross,” October 15, 1994. Matt Gross.

“Keynote Address by Frank Pierson, President of WGAw,” 1994.

Presentations, 1995

“Craft Session: The Speed of the Art,” October 5, 1995. Shane Black, Christopher McQuarrie.

“Craft Session: On the Edge of Your Seat,” October 6, 1995. Scott Frank.

“Closing Remarks,” October 8, 1995. Bill Wittliff.

“Master Class II: Robin Swicord,” 1995. Robin Swicord.

“Semi-Finalists Panel / Master Class III: Bill Broyles & Al Reinert,” 1995. Bill Broyles, Al Reinert.

Presentations, 1996

“Sense and Sensibility: Should I Spend All My Time Writing the Next Die Hard IV?” October 10, 1996. Greg Beal.

“Master Class with Bill Wittliff,” October 12, 1996. Bill Wittliff.

“Master Class with Polly Platt,” October 12, 1996. Polly Platt.

“Heart of the Matter with Bill Wittliff,” 1996. Bill Wittliff.

Presentations, 1997

“You, Too, Know Someone in Hollywood: Getting Into the Business Through the Back Door,” October 2, 1997. Greg Beal.

“Why We Watch Movies: A Look Into the Movie Going Phenomenon,” October 3, 1997. Pen Densham, Bill Wittliff.

“Don't Use So Much Dialogue: Writing Visually,” October 3, 1997. Ted Tally, Andrew Kevin Walker.

“Formatting Your Screenplay,” October 4, 1997. Greg Beal.

“What's Wrong With This Film?,” October 5, 1997. Nick Kazan, Robin Swicord.

  • Audio –unavailable.

Presentations, 1998

“Loquacity vs. Verbal Brevity,” October 2, 1998. Bill Broyles, Rita Hsiao.

“Real Life, One Hour at a Time,” October 3, 1998. Marti Noxon, Rob Thomas.

“Slice of Life: The Documentary,” October 3, 1998. Paul Steckler.

“Shades of Gray: Writing the Anti-Hero,” October 3, 1998. John Lee Hancock, Brian Hegeland, Moderated by Turk Pipkin.

“Reinventing the Wheel: TV Drama Series Development,” October 4, 1998. Rob Thomas, Marti Noxon.

“Reinventing the Wheel: TV Drama Series Development,” October 4, 1998. Rob Thomas, Marti Noxon.

Presentations, 1999

“A Spoonful of Sugar" Comedy Writing: Not Just for Comedies,” October 7, 1999. Shane Black, Scott Frank, Callie Khouri.

“The Craft Room Continues…Craft Session #2- Choosing a Story to Tell,” October 7, 1999. Anne Rapp.

“Everybody Knows Somebody,” October 8, 1999. Greg Beal.

“Let's Blow Something Up,” October 8, 1999. Shane Black, Barry Josephson.

“The Craft Room Continues….Craft Session #3 - Character,” October 8, 1999. Nick Kazan.

“The Craft Room Again…Craft Session #4 - Plotting,” October 8, 1999. Bill Wittliff.

“The Craft Room Continues with….Craft Session #5- Description Writing,” October 8, 1999. Ted Tally.

“The Craft Room Continues with…Craft Session #6 - Dialogue Writing,” October 8, 1999. Scott Frank.

“The Nuclear Family I- The Writer/Director/Producer Relationship,” October 9, 1999. James L. Brooks & Polly Platt.

“The Craft Room Ends With…Craft Session #8 - Rewriting,” October 9, 1999. Nick Kazan.

“Kings of Comedy,” October 9, 1999. James L. Brooks, Buck Henry.

  • Audio – unavailable.

“Screenplay Format Now,” October 10, 1999. Greg Beal.

Presentations, 2000

“Talk is Cheap: Advanced Track Topic,” October 12, 2000. Shane Black, Scott Frank, Callie Khouri.

“Where Do I Start?,” October 13, 2000. Shane Black, Scott Frank, Callie Khouri.

“Car Chases, Explosions, and Fist Fights, a.k.a "The Fun Stuff,” October 13, 2000. Shane Black, Barry Josephson and Scott Rosenberg.

“Craft Session #5: Choosing a Story to Tell 1,” October 13, 2000. Shane Black, Barry Josephson and Scott Rosenberg.

“You May Be a Winner Already!,” October 13, 2000. Greg Beal and B.J. Burrows.

“Local Heroes,” October 13, 2000. Greg Beal and B.J. Burrows.

“The Power of the X Chromosome,” October 14, 2000. Greg Beal and B.J. Burrows.

“2nd Rounder Panel with John August,” October 14, 2000. John August.

“Screen Size Doesn't Matter,” October 14, 2000. David Chase, Matt Olmstead and Larry Wright.

“Craft Session #10: Choosing a Story to Tell 2,” October 14, 2000. Polly Platt.

“Uncontested Comedy Champs,” October 14, 2000. Ed Solomon and Scott Rosenberg.

Presentations, 2001

“Craft Session #1: Script Development,” October 11, 2001. Anne Rapp.

“Craft Session #2: Getting Started,” October 11, 2001. Greg Beal.

“Semi Finalist Panel I,” October 11, 2001. Gayla Nethercott.

“Semi Finalist Panel II,” October 12, 2001. Gayla Nethercott.

“Yuk, Yuk, Yuk: Television Comedy,” October 12, 2001. Jim Dauterive, Gary David Goldberg.

“Screenplay Contests: How Not to Ruin Your Script,” October 13, 2001. Jim Dauterive, Gary David Goldberg.

“Craft #7: Script to Screen,” October 13, 2001. Chris McQuarrie.

“A Fistful of Insight,” October 13, 2001. Shane Black, Barry Josephson, Jeb Stuart.

“Craft #9: Finding the Right Script,” October 13, 2001. Gayla Nethercott, Polly Platt.

“Case Study: The Rookie,” October 13, 2001. John Lee Hancock, Mike Ritch.

“Up Close and Personal: Gary David Goldberg,” October 13, 2001. Gary David Goldberg.

“Heroes and Villains,” October 14, 2001. Shane Black, Jeb Stuart, Randall Wallace.

“The New Sunday Inspirational,” October 14, 2001. John Lee Hancock.

“Building the Better Character,” October 14, 2001. Lawrence Kasdan, Anne Rapp.

Presentations, 2002

“Craft Session 1: Getting Started,” October 10, 2002. Gayla Nethercott.

“Screenplay Contests: How Not to Ruin Your Script,” October 10, 2002. Greg Beal, B.J. Burrow.

“Semi Finalist Panel,” October 10, 2002. Jim Dauterive.

“Craft Session # 2: Script Development vs. Spec,” October 11, 2002. Anne Rapp.

“The Art of Adaptation,” October 11, 2002. Kirsten Smith, Scott Alexander.

“To the Top of the Totem Pole: Writing to Directing,” October 11, 2002. Brian Helgeland, John Lee Hancock.

“History vs. Reality: The Story Behind the Story,” October 12, 2002. Scott Alexander.

“Craft Session #9: Finding the Right Script,” October 12, 2002. Joanne Lammers, Greg Beal.

“Craft Session # 10: Pitching 2,” October 12, 2002. Polly Platt.

Presentations, 2003

“Up Close and Personal: Tom Fontana,” October 10, 2003. Tom Fontana.

“Action and Stuff,” October 11, 2003. Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Barry Josephson, Scott Rosenberg.

“Up Close and Personal: Frank Pierson,” October 11, 2003. Frank Pierson, Robert Draper (moderator).

Presentations, 2004

“On Writing: Action/Adventure,” October 16, 2004. John August, Shane Black, Michael Brandt, Barry Josephson (moderator).

“Inspirational Panel,” October 17, 2004. Barry Blaustein, Bill Wittliff, Bud Shrake (moderator).

Presentations, 2005

“Script Coverage,” October 21, 2005. Greg Beal, Juliana Farrell.

“Writers Who Direct,” October 21, 2005. Shane Black, Terry George, Andrew Shea (moderator).

“Writing Action/Suspense,” October 21, 2005. Shane Black, Howard Gordon, Ted Tally, Barry Josephson.

“Writing Settings and Descriptions,” October 21, 2005. Buck Henry, Bill Wittliff, Bud Shrake (moderator).

King of the Hill: Behind the Drawings,” October 22, 2005. John Altschuler, Jim Dauterive, Dave Krinsky, Turk Pipkin.

“Up Close and Personal: Harold Ramis,” October 22, 2005. Harold Ramis, Judd Apatow.

“Up Close and Personal: Mike Judge,” October 22, 2005. Mike Judge, Jim Dauterive (moderator).

“Writer's Block,” October 23, 2005. Brent Hanley, Anne Rapp, Bill Wittliff, Bud Shrake.

Presentations, 2006

“The Art of the Pitch,” October 19, 2006. John August, Jessica Bendinger, Alex Smith (moderator).

“Second Rounder Panel: Writers,” October 20, 2006. Jessica Bendinger, Shane Black, Greg Beal.

“The Art of the Pitch,” October 21, 2006. Christopher McQuarrie, Bob Soderstrom, Christopher Vogler, Juliana Farrell (moderator).

The State to Stella and Beyond,” October 21, 2006. Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black.

“Up Close and Personal: David Milch,” October 21, 2006. David Milch, Bud Shrake (moderator).

“Writer/Directors,” October 22, 2006. Shane Black, Susannah Grant, Amy Talkington, Allen Odom (moderator).

Presentations, 2007

“A Shot of Inspiration,” October 11, 2007. Daniel Petrie, Jr., Robin Swicord, Dawn W. (moderator).

“Finding the Voice: Dialogue,” October 12, 2007. Nicholas Kazan, Aline Brosh McKenna, Terry Rossio, Robert Draper (moderator).

“Punch it Up: Joke Writing,” October 12, 2007. Steve Faber, Chuck Sklar, Ed Solomon, Larry Wilmore.

“Late Night TV,” October 12, 2007. Chuck Sklar, Dan French, Warren Etheredge (moderator).

“A Conversation with Glenn Gordon Caron,” October 12, 2007. Glenn Gordon Caron, Dan Petrie, Jr. (moderator).

“A Conversation with Oliver Stone,” October 13, 2007. Oliver Stone, Jane Sumner (moderator).

“A Conversation with John Milius,” October 13, 2007. John Milius, Jane Sumner (moderator).

“In the Trenches: Writing a War Film,” October 13, 2007. Oliver Stone, John Milius, Barry Josephson.

Born on the Fourth of July Q&A,” October 13, 2007. Oliver Stone.

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