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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 27, 2014

Writer-Director David Wain joins John and Craig to talk about the long journey to bring They Came Together to the screen (on June 27th), the changing nature of spoofs, and the seminal summer camp film Wet Hot American Summer.

 

We also touch on the origins of the three act structure, getting started right out of film school, and the odd financing of Legends of Oz.

 

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May 23, 2014

Craig and John, along with their talented panelists, answer questions from the audience at the May 15, 2014 live show.

 

One listener references Episode 99, Psychotherapy for Screenwriters, which remains one of our favorites.

 

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Once again, our thanks to the Writers Guild Foundation for organizing this event.

 

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May 20, 2014

John and Craig are joined by the writers of the some of the biggest superhero movies to talk about why these characters resonate. Andrea Berloff looks for the primal essence of Conan. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely discuss the challenge of bringing Captain America to a global audience. David Goyer talks about keeping Batman grounded even while Superman flies. Then the whole panel gets busy rebooting randomly-assigned superheroes.

 

Then it’s time for the Three Page Challenge, with special guest judge Susannah Grant joining us to look at three entrants with scripts ranging from singers to zombies to yes, superheroes.

 

This episode was produced as a benefit for the Writers Guild Foundation, whose programs support writer education.

 

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May 13, 2014

In a wide-ranging episode, Craig and John look at a 1912 screenwriting book, Levinson's beef with the WGA, and the Periodic Table of Storytelling.

 

We also answer listener questions about keeping secrets from readers, firing managers, and what happens to a Broadway show after Broadway. Plus, more follow-up on old One Cool Things.

 

There are still (maybe?) tickets for the live show on the 15th. See the links for details.

 

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May 6, 2014

Screenwriter Kelly Marcel joins John and Craig to play Fiasco, resulting in a tale of art, murder and sexual blackmail in the Hollywood Hills.

 

This extended, unlike-all-before-it episode will probably be polarizing, but it was a chance to explore story in ways that you can't do in abstract. In Fiasco, plot really does come out of character choices.

 

This episode is filthy. If this were a cable drama, it would be TV-MA DSLV. If that makes you more or less likely to listen, trust your gut. (There's no nudity. It's radio.)

 

Our thanks to Kelly Marcel for hosting. Next week, we'll return with a more conventional episode.

 

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