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Sep 19, 2017

John and Craig welcome back Aline Brosh McKenna to talk about writing projects outside the familiar constraints of screenwriting.

We discuss the surprises and adjustments involved in the creative processes of different media: Aline’s graphic novel Jane, Craig’s HBO miniseries Chernobyl, and John’s original song, “Rise.” We also dig into why screenwriters sometimes need to be amateurs again.

Then we answer listener questions about making fair deals as someone in a different country, and how best to read one’s script before rewriting.


* Submit to the Three Page Challenge and check the box if you’ll be in Austin for the Austin Film Festival
* The new season of Crazy Ex Girlfriend premieres Friday October 13th
* John Gatins’ IMDb
* Order Aline Brosh McKenna’s new graphic novel, Jane
* Ramón K. Pérez’s website, twitter and graphic novel, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand
* “Rise” composer Sam Davis’ website
* The Original Melody, John’s Snap Track, and the demo track with vocalist Curt Hansen for “Rise”
* Or you can check out this post for more details about “Rise”
* Mark Halpin Puzzles
* Insecure on HBO
* Out on the Wire by Jessica Abel
* The Scriptnotes Listeners’ Guide!
* The USB drives!
* John August on Twitter
* Craig Mazin on Twitter
* Aline Brosh McKenna on Twitter
* John on Instagram
* Find past episodes
* Outro by John August (lyrics) and Sam Davis (music) (send us yours!)

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