Craig and John explain what producers do
at least, what they're supposed to do and discuss the myriad subclasses of producers that litter the opening titles of many movies.
Which is the more impressive credit
producer or executive producer? In film, it's the former. In TV, it's the latter. But whatever the title, producers are integral to getting a movie or TV show made.
Craig feels producers can be either anxiety buffers or anxiety conductors. John breaks down four essential roles you find producers filling:
Some producers can fill multiple roles (like diplomat-creative), but you'll often find these qualities spread out among several people on a production, regardless of the size.
Who's that fat cat, and how did he afford such a fancy cigar? Find out on episode seventeen of Scriptnotes.
UPDATE 1-4-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.
Craig and John plug a book by their very first sponsor and discuss elective brain surgery, before tackling an exhaustive but illuminating list of questions from listener Daniel Barkeley.
They're residual questions about residuals, which seems very meta:
Thirteen conversations about a few things, on episode sixteen of Scriptnotes.
UPDATE 12-15-11: The transcript of this episode can be found here.
Craig and John look at why the books and seminars purporting to teach screenwriting are generally terrible, trying to reduce the hard work of the craft to a series of formulas and templates.
It's a rare podcast in which I sway Craig's opinion whatsoever, but if you listen really carefully, I think he leaves the show just slightly less negative about screenwriting books than he started. It's all about degrees with Craig.
Plus, we get a visit from the LAPD, follow-up on residuals, and a bit more about unionizing videogame writers.
(Note that none of the books listed above are actually recommended. But we talk about them, so it feels fair to provide links.)
UPDATE 12-13-11: The transcript of this episode can be found here.