John and Craig talk about the new show John sold to ABC, which leads to a conversation about the differences between studios and networks, and how writers end up having relationships with both.
We answer a listener question about what writers mean by a "weekly."
The bulk of the podcast centers on four samples from the Three Page Challenge, covering a range of genres from heist movies to fantasy to broad comedy. You can find all four entries in the links, so read along with us.
As always, our thanks to these brave writers who've shared their work. If you want to send in your own entry, there are some simple rules to follow.
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UPDATE 9-28-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.
What's the difference between a reader and a producer? Much more than one high-profile online analyst seems to believe. John and Craig discuss what producers do, and how one plausibly gets started.
From there, we talk pitching. Beyond the plot points, you need to be able to show why you're dying to write this story, and why you'd pay money to see it.
In follow-up, we talk about visas, HSX, and find out how often the screenwriter is actually mentioned in negative reviews vs. positive reviews.
The first-ever Live Scriptnotes is coming this October in Austin. Follow the link for more details.
And we're opening back up submissions for the Three Page Challenge. Follow the link and follow the rules, please.
All this, and Craig takes umbrage at sweet tea, in the new Scriptnotes!
UPDATE 9-20-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.
John and Craig tackle eight questions on the profession of screenwriting, ranging from studio execs to sharing credit to pitching via video.
It's a big show. We cover a lot. And then we talk for quite a while about the unique beauty of Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper, because that's what real screenwriters talk about.
And there's news! Hangover 3 is in production, Big Fish has announced its Chicago dates, and Frankenweenie comes out October 5.
All this and more in episode 54 of Scriptnotes.
UPDATE 9-14-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.
John and Craig are all action this week, looking at how screenwriters write those things characters do in a movie.
It's a part of the craft that often goes unnoticed
unlike dialogue, you don't hear the writer's work but smartly-written action pays dividends, helping readers see the movie you want them to make.
We follow-up our discussion with a look at four (!) samples from the Three Page Challenge that focus on action, with ample praise for those that do it well and some suggestions for those who fumble a bit.
Also this week: a short history of (annoyed grunt), better known as d'oh!
If you're listening to the podcast on the site, do us a favor and also leave us a review on iTunes. Great reviews help other listeners find us, and further Craig's singing-to-a-stadium agenda.
UPDATE 9-7-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.