In episode four of Scriptnotes, Craig and I discuss migraines, kidney stones and zombie apocalypse preparations before we segue to the main topic: how screenwriters work with directors, from the first meeting to on-set etiquette to giving notes in post.
Screenwriters and directors often come at a project from different directions. The writer is trying to explain the movie he's already written; the director is trying to explore the movie he's planning to make.
By understanding what a director wants and needs, you stand the best chance of getting your movie on screen in a way that satisfies both of you.
UPDATE 9-24-11: The transcript of this episode can be found here.
This week, Craig and I follow up on our earlier comment about kids being the death of screenwriters, then dive into the process of outlining a script, from index cards to whiteboards to spreadsheets.
Along the way, we discuss Curious George, Torchwood and V.
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UPDATE 9-21-11: The transcript of this episode can be found here.
For our second podcast, Craig Mazin and I decided to tackle the question we've both been ducking since we started our blogs: "How do I get an agent and/or manager?"
It's an intractable question because while most working screenwriters have representation, no two of them got it the same way. If you ask a panel of writers, you'll hear a series of anecdotes, but you won't get a better sense of what next steps you should take.
Craig compares it to losing your virginity, which seems fair. I opted to flip the question to ask, "How do I get the right agent or manager to notice me?"
We won't typically devote an entire episode to one issue, but this one seemed to require it.
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UPDATE 9-7-11: The transcript of this episode can be found here.
Today marks the inaugural episode of Scriptnotes, a podcast that Craig Mazin and I are trying out. It's meant to be a weekly-or-so conversation about items of interest to screenwriters, from getting stuff written to dealing with insane producers.
Topics in episode one:
Down the road, we plan to have the podcast up in the usual places (like iTunes), so you can subscribe and get episodes automatically delivered. I'll post details when they're available.
UPDATE 9-4-11: The transcript of this episode can be found here.