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Screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin discuss screenwriting and related topics in the film and television industry, everything from getting stuff written to the vagaries of copyright and work-for-hire law.
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May 28, 2013

It's a week of pondering other people's opinions. First, Craig and John take a look at the Bechdel Test: is it a useful metric for screenwriters, or just meaningless checkbox-ticking?

From there, we dive into David Wong's analysis of troubling superhero lessons. Are these just updated versions of the classic myths, or do they say something specific about modern times?

Finally, we heap praise on screenwriter Justin Marks's article on what it's like to be a working writer who is mostly unproduced.

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UPDATE 5-31-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

May 21, 2013

As promised, John and Craig answer a bunch of listener questions on everything except screenwriting, on topics ranging from sex to science to sushi.

  • How can the universe be infinite, but expanding?
  • What's it like being bald?
  • Do spouses need to have common interests?
  • Can someone become a morning person?
  • And what's the secret to a close, comfortable shave?

We start with two things in the news: an update on the Zach Braff Kickstarter situation, and the attempt to unionize the writers of E!'s Fashion Police.

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UPDATE 5-24-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

May 14, 2013

How you get from one scene to the next can be just as important as the scenes themselves. Craig and John talk techniques and tactics for making those cuts count.

But first there's the issue of the $23 million lawsuit filed by two of the GI Joe writers, claiming that much of the storyline in the 2013 sequel came from their earlier work. Is this the case John and Craig have long predicted, in which unpaid pre-writing comes back to haunt the studios?

We also look at a bunch of shots we no longer need to see in movies.

Plus Craig and John have actual news, with a date for the long-promised live 100th episode in Los Angeles, and a bonus live podcast in June.

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UPDATE 5-16-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

May 7, 2013

Has a statistician cracked the code on successful screenplay formulas? John and Craig cast a skeptical eye at a New York Times article on Vinny Bruzzese, who claims to have done exactly that.

But is the real story Bruzzese's numbers game, or a general misunderstanding of how the film industry actually operates?

From there, we answer several reader questions before diving in on a new batch of Three Page Challenges.

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UPDATE 5-10-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

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