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Nov 11, 2014

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...


Nov 4, 2014

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...


Oct 28, 2014

John and guest host Susannah Grant sit down with Richard Kelly, Cary Fukunaga, Peter Gould, Dan Sterling and Mike Birbiglia to discuss the role of a writer/director, the wonder of television, and the purpose of table reads.

 

Then it’s questions from the audience: How do you know you’ve found your third act? How...


Oct 21, 2014

Craig and John discuss the 31 superhero movies slated for the next few years. Is it good business or a trainwreck in the making?

 

How do you move from a vague idea to an actual pitch? We talk about what you say when you’re in the room pitching on a project, and why passion trumps plot in most cases.

 

We also look at...


Oct 14, 2014

John and Craig were delighted to join the Slate Culture Gabfest on stage to talk about the gulf between critics and creators. We have the audio from that, and additional thoughts on the issue.

 

Then, how many characters does your movie need? We talk about how to figure out the Goldilocks spot where you have...