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.