John and Craig talk about why writers are often reluctant to show their work, and how film journalists love to focus on the director — even when there’s no director in sight.
Then, it’s part two of our Perfect series, in which we look at what constitutes the perfect agent. Underlying the agent archetypes – advisor, advocate, connector — is a relationship based on honesty and trust. How do you build it? How do you maintain it? We offer our opinions from the writer’s side of the phone sheet.
Come to our live show on December 11th in Hollywood! You’ll find the link in the show notes.
John talks with Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, X-Men: Days of Future Past) as part of the WGF’s Writers on Writing series. They discuss Simon’s career as a writer and producer, and take questions from the audience.
Live from the Austin Film Festival, John is joined by guests Ilyse McKimmie of the Sundance Institute and Franklin Leonard of The Black List to give the Three Page Challenge treatment to 2nd round scripts from the AFF screenplay competition.
What are the odds that fivethirtyeight.com’s statistical analysis of screenplays will make Craig angry? Always bet on umbrage. Fortunately, he just finished a script, so we talk about that, and John’s new gig writing Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (which was the project he described phone-pitching the past few episodes).
Then we talk about what makes for the perfect studio executive. It’s a series we plan to continue, looking at the prototypical awesome person in various categories.
Our December 11th live show is likely to sell out, so don’t delay getting your ticket. And Thursday at noon is the last chance to get a Writer Emergency Pack. Links to both below.
John and Craig look at the nature of fluke hits, everything from #alexfromtarget to huge spec sales. Is luck just luck, or is it about how often you play the game? Where does talent fit in?
We walk through a great breakdown of twist endings by Alec Worley, looking at how expectation both inside and outside of the story shapes the experience.
Then we answer a bunch of listener questions, on topics including using real-life locations, breaking up dialogue, and passing gracefully when you don't like a project.
The Scriptnotes Holiday show is December 11th in Hollywood, featuring guests Aline Brosh McKenna, B.J. Novak, Jane Espenson and Derek Haas. Check the link below for tickets.
Craig and John shake off their Halloween candy hangovers by taking a look at three new Three Page Challenges, full of post-apocalyptic portals and strange signals.
We also discuss writing dark things. Weepy things.
John just launched his first Kickstarter, and we all know how Craig feels about crowdfunding. Will Craig be a backer or bah-humbugger?
In follow-up, we look at the now-announced Marvel superhero slate, and a terrific podcast about pitching.