John sits down with screenwriter Christina Hodson to discuss race, gender, and representation in Hollywood, and how screenwriters can help correct the status quo with the one thing they can control: the words on the page.
We tackle the nuances of designating race for open-ethnicity characters, the assumption of whiteness, the pros and cons of feature writers rooms and the promise of inclusion riders.
We also answer a listener question about why some movies are timeless and some feel dated as soon as they premiere.
* Thanks for joining us, Christina Hodson. Her upcoming movies include Bumblebee of the Transformers franchise and Batgirl.
* The Pudding’s Film Dialogue from 2,000 screenplays, Broken Down by Gender and Age
* Premium subscribers can listen to the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend bonus episode with Aline Brosh McKenna and Rachel Bloom here.
* A pilot announcement that includes this character description: “a girl-next-door type but also with a behind-the-ear tattoo. She can just as easily bro out with the guys as she can be the girliest girl.”
* A guide to WGA dues, courtesy of Stuart!
* Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies
* Female writer friends, like Frances Marion
* The Scriptnotes Listeners’ Guide!
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* Outro by Hunter Christensen (send us yours!)
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