Craig and John take a brief look at the misguided Girls backlash and complaints about nepotism in Hollywood, before segueing to a bigger discussion of spec scripts and positioning:
Todo esto y más en el 34° episodio de Scriptnotes.
UPDATE 4-26-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.
Craig and John just have to talk about the double-barrel craziness of the Joe Eszterhas/Mel Gibson spat. How often do you have screenwriters lobbing incendiary accusations at movie stars?
Well, pretty often, actually. But almost never so publicly. And the already-certifiable, formerly-A-list-ness of it all makes it especially gossip-worthy, so forgive us if we go on for a while.
That settled, we follow up on the Amazon Studios deal and what it means for screenwriters not currently in the WGA. One listener calls Craig an idiot, which leads to a discussion about what "professional screenwriting" even means.
John wants aspiring screenwriters to stop using the term "breaking in," because it doesn't accurately reflect the early stages of a writer's career. Meanwhile, Craig takes umbrage at the idea of "trust fund screenwriters."
We end with some questions and answers:
All this and more in the new Scriptnotes.
UPDATE 4-19-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.
Craig and John answer questions about specificity, television and what to do when your great idea sounds too much like a movie that's already been made.
The big news this week is potentially very big news: Amazon Studios has completely revamped their business model, ditching the terrible parts and transforming into something potentially very good for writers. Notably, Amazon is now a WGA signatory, which offers the promise of residuals and credit protection for screenwriters.
Will it work? It's too early to say. But when a new player with deep pockets enters the film industry, it often helps loosen the purse strings. More importantly, the Amazon deal sets a precedent for other tech companies considering taking the plunge.
Along the way, Craig talks about directing and John takes his daughter to work. All this and more in this episode of Scriptnotes.
UPDATE 4-12-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.
Craig and John take a look at Toph Eggers's apology, which segues to a discussion of apologies in general and laugh tracks.
The bulk of the episode is spent on listener questions:
All this and more in this week's Scriptnotes.
UPDATE 4-5-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.