What if you had an opportunity to get a treatment in front of actual Hollywood producers and directors, in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a chance to seize everything you ever wanted? Would you capture it? Or let it slip?

The Austin Writing Workshop discusses treatments, to hilarious and endrunkening effect.

There are brief intros and an outtro by Zeus for context, but here are some of the details discussed in the workshop portion of the show:


Start: Lecture on Screenwriting and Treatments, including 3 common ways to write a treatment, logline, 2-3 page summary, 60-page summary, 3-act structure, Act 1 as introduction to character and story ending with twist that pushes plot forward, The Matrix, The Magus, The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco, Fowles, writing what people care about, rising tension, Jack Kerouac, literary mysteries, clashing characters, TV shows and cliffhangers, end of Act 2 having another twist that pushes plot to where resolution can occur, Act 3 defined by resolution of the tension, Silence of the Lambs, peripety, putting a clock on it, The Atheist, Hannibal Lecter, the mask, The Matrix (again), The Magus (again), Kundera, sexuality, Charles Bukowski, Tao Lin, Haruki Marukami, hiding underwear, Lethal Weapon, Ferris Buehler’s Day Off, Risky Business, Tom Cruise, Richard Ford, the monkey story, Rock Springs, Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll, Val Kilmer, Sideways, Paul Giamatti, pinot noir, running down the street naked, Thomas Hayden Church, the absurdity of life’s meaninglessness, humor, Requiem for a Dream, the Player, Interstellar, Matthew McConnaughey, George Clooney, real science, Matt Damon, Jason Bourne, life pods, Christopher Nolan, Memento, The Dark Knight, The Prestige, Bourne Identity, Identity, John Cusack, the glitch in the matrix, Doubt, Shakespeare, and writer’s block.

After the jump: The food and wine arrive, and the group continues discussing treatments, writing organically, motivation, chances to be famous, laziness, pathology, the clock is ticking, Confederacy of Dunces, Sideways Lifetime, Rock Springs, Memento, getting it finished, The War of Art, resistance, Stephen Pressfield, finishing a novel, waiting until you’re 90, A River Runs Through It, The Jim 1,000 point scale, Spring in Fialta, Rock Springs, Fat, A Small Good Thing, A Clean Well-Lighted Place, indefatiguable, a narrow window of time of six months, Sherlock Holmes, House, and The Magus.



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