Last October, Act One: Training for Hollywood held a two-day symposium on storytelling.
It was a great symposium. The format — presentation followed by a roundtable discussion with a group of panelists — was a great way to percolate and explore ideas. The panelists and presenters included:
- Dr. Peter Kreeft, renowned philosopher and author of over 50 titles, including Socrates Meets Jesus
- David Mc Fadezean, Executive Producer, Home Improvement, What Women Want
- Barbara Nicolosi, Act One Founder, Screenwriter, VP Development, Origin Entertainment
- Armando Fumigalli, professor, Catholic University of Milan
- Karen Hall, writer on several shows, including M*A*S*H, Judging Amy, Hill Street Blues, and Moonlighting
- Dean Batali, Executive Producer, That 70’s Show, writer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Bobette Buster, Creative Executive and International Story Consultant
- Chris Riley, Screenwriter and Author, The Hollywood Standard
- Bill Marsilii, Screenwriter, Deja Vu
- Chuck Slocum, Assistant Executive Director, Writer’s Guild of America
I helped to audio record the entire event, which I’m now in the process of editing and posting as podcasts.
The first podcast is now available. It’s a presentation by Bobette Buster on “The Big Idea.” It’s a good primer for what is going on in the entertainment world right now, and also has a few prophetic words about the Oscarability of Slumdog Millionaire.