John and Craig talk romantic comedies with screenwriter Tess Morris, whose film Man Up is unapologetically part of the genre.
We discuss what distinguishes rom-coms from other comedies, and why they get singled out for disdain and death-of articles.
Also this week: Amazon Storywriter, overused dicks, and follow-up on Whiplash.
John and Craig take an in-depth look at two scenes in Damien Chazelle’s WHIPLASH to see how conflicts were structured – and what changed from script to shooting.
In follow-up, we discuss the myth vs. reality of Zola, and what we mean by a character having agency.
We’re having a live holiday show in Los Angeles! It’s December 9th in Hollywood, with special guests Riki Lindhome, Natasha Leggero and Malcolm Spellman. Tickets will sell out, so be sure to click the links below.
John and Craig look at some of the least helpful notes screenwriters receive, and strategies for dealing with them.
Then it’s a look at novelists who adapt their own books into screenplays, and the pros and cons involved.
In the premium feed over at scriptnotes.net, you’ll find two bonus episodes: the live Three Page Challenge from Austin 2015, and my interview with The Martian screenwriter Drew Goddard for the Writers Guild Foundation.
John interviews screenwriter and director Drew Goddard for a Writers Guild Foundation event.
The first part covers Drew’s early history in Los Alamos, and how bleeding for Olympia Dukakis helped get him ready to work on Buffy and Lost. We talk about working harder, making connections, and saying yes.
We then discuss Cloverfield and Cabin in the Woods, and how he transitioned from TV to features.
Finally it’s time for Daredevil, Sinister Six and The Martian – the timing of which forced him to make some hard choices.
Audio comes courtesy the WGF. The recording is rough in places, particularly at the start. But there’s enough really good stuff here that it’s worth pushing through the tough spots.
My thanks to Drew, the WGF and the audience for a great night.
Kelly Marcel joins John and Craig to look at three new Three Page Challenge entries. After discussing what we thought, we invite the writers up to tell us more about theirs scripts and answer our questions.
Thanks to the Austin Film Festival for inviting to do this session again, and to all the writers who submitted pages.
Craig and John return to the Austin Film Festival for a supersize live show with guests Nicole Perlman and Steve Zissis.
We talk with Nicole about what’s changed in her life after the breakout success of Guardians of the Galaxy, and how she juggles multiple projects.
Steve Zissis tells us how he transitioned from waiter to co-creator of HBO’s Togetherness, and the unusual origin of the show.
Then all four of us play How Would This Be a Movie, looking at #Zola’s adventure, the runaway blimp and the lonely death of George Bell.
Plus audience questions!
Our thanks to the Austin Film Festival for hosting us, and our terrific audience.