John, Craig, and guests take questions from the audience at the Scriptnotes Holiday Spectacular. Topics include TV writing careers, what to do once you have an agent, overcoming gender stereotypes, rewriting Dodgeball, and more.
Have a happy, healthy and safe New Year.
'Twas the Holiday Scriptnotes and at our behest,
Craig and John were joined by our six favorite guests.
"Now Kelly! Now Lindsay! Now Richard and Rawson!
On Aline and on Franklin! (Whose Black List is awesome.)"
They talk characters' wants, trends good and bad,
And what's to be done when a "yes" is had.
So open your eggnog, set your volume just right,
Happy Scriptnotes to all, and to all a good night.
Recorded live on December 19th, 2013 at the LA Film School as a benefit for the Writers Guild Foundation.
John and Craig offer advice for super-rich aspirants about the film and television industry. If you have enough money to do anything, what should you do first? Do you want to make money, or make art? Or do you just want to hang out with famous people? No judgements.
Then we tackle another set of Three Page Challenges, with scripts ranging from Twitter-age slashers to animated birds.
Our next episode will be the Live Holiday Show, which airs Tuesday after Thursday's recording. We hope to keep on our normal schedule through the end of the year, but there's a chance we'll skip a week.
Writer/director/actor/comedian Mike Birbiglia joins John and Craig to talk about writing for yourself, and how his one-man shows have translated into his films Sleepwalk With Me and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend. We talk movies and television, stand-up and screenplays, and the upside of failure.
In other news, there’s now an official app for Scriptnotes, available for iOS and Android. If you like your current setup, keep doing what you’re doing, because nothing has changed. The last 20 episodes will always be free. The app allows you listen to the back 100 episodes for a monthly subscription.
John and novelist Daniel Wallace sit down with Fred Strype at the Austin Film Festival to discuss the process of adapting Big Fish from novel to script to stage.
Craig and John talk readers and coverage, centering their discussion on profound_whatever's infographic charting 300 submissions and the lessons screenwriters can take from it.
After that, we talk about the recent DGA deal with the AMPTP, and the degree to which it might predict the upcoming WGA negotiations.
Finally, we discuss getting high and are generally buzz-kills. Sorry.
Aline Brosh McKenna joins John and Craig to discuss watching movies with an open mind and why it's important to befriend other writers.
Also this week: what to do when you outline collapses and a look at going broke in your 50s.
The Scriptnotes Live Holiday Show on December 19th is technically sold out, but there's a chance seats will open up, so keep an eye on Twitter.
John and Craig wind back the clock with writer-director Richard Kelly to look at the origins of Donnie Darko, and how a recent film-school grad gets a movie made.
Along the way, we talk about Sundance and slow success, scope creep and transmedia.
The Scriptnotes Live Holiday Show will be Thursday, December 19th, 2013. Tickets go on sale November 20th at 10am. Links below.
John and Craig take an extended look at how sound works in movies, and how screenwriters can take advantage of it on the page.
Also this week, advice on naming characters, and what to do when the first cut of your movie is not at all what you had in mind.
Craig and John love women and jeopardy, but folks, we gotta stop kidnapping girlfriends as plot devices. We discuss ways to avoid this trope.
In other news, T-Bone Burnett has a great name and strong words about copyright and making a living. Readers have questions about pseudonyms, second acts and breaking the back of a new project. Plus, more terrible managers.
T-shirts are back, starting today! But pre-orders stop November 15th, so don’t dally.
John is hosting a Big Fish talkback on Saturday, November 23rd after the matinee, so use your SCRIPT code to get tickets now.