It's Christmas, so John and Craig are exchanging the gift of answers, tackling listener questions on topics ranging from musical books to punch-up sessions.
December is also Black List season, and we're happy to see some familiar names among the most-liked screenplays this year, including a Three Page Challenge entrant.
John's long-in-the-works Karateka is finally in the App Store, ready for purchase, while Craig's trailer for Identity Thief just dropped. So pour yourself a glass of Craig's most despised holiday beverage and join us for episode 69 (tee-hee) of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting.
UPDATE 12-30-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.
Craig and John chat with Lindsay Doran, a producer and former studio exec who's made terrific movies, ranging from Sense and Sensibility to Stranger than Fiction.
Topics include the role of producers, developing scripts with screenwriters, and the importance of good hair.
UPDATE 12-19-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.
John and Craig talk about perspective
both within a scene and the overall story. It's not always obvious to the reader which characters are in the driver's seat, so it falls on the screenwriter to make that clear.
We have four new Three Page Challenges this week, with genres ranging from horror to sex comedy. John begs you to never try to establish a character's backstory by featuring them on a magazine cover.
All this, plus an update on John's experience writing his most recent script entirely in Fountain, in episode 67 of Scriptnotes.
UPDATE 12-14-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.
Craig and John take a break from writing scripts to talk about how screenwriters should read scripts. Paper or iPad? Single or double-sided? And how do you keep track of your notes for future conversations?
Then it's a session of roleplaying and maximum umbrage as we look at the logic and fallacies behind one-step deals for screenwriters.
Cleansing our palette, we look at Skyfall. Spoilers, folks. Spoilers!
Craig closes the podcast with a remembrance of his friend, screenwriter Don Rhymer, who died last week after a long and wittily-observed battle with cancer.
UPDATE 12-7-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.