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Dec 1, 2015

Craig and John discuss epic world-building, and the promises and pitfalls for writers attempting to create fictional universes.

 

From Gotham to Hogwarts, Middle Earth to Narnia, world-building is at the heart of some of our biggest movies and series, but are we creating settings for our stories, or stories for our...


Nov 24, 2015

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...


Nov 17, 2015

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...


Nov 10, 2015

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...


Nov 10, 2015

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...