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Jan 5, 2016

With Craig out of town, John invites Aline Brosh McKenna and Rawson Marshall Thurber over to discuss three of the best-picture contenders and their unusual scripts. None of them have classic protagonist-antagonist setups, and all three upend expectations of narrative structure. We talk about both how they work and why...

Dec 29, 2015

In preparation for our live show with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, we’re re-running this episode from the Scriptnotes archive.


Craig and John spend the entire episode discussing and dissecting RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, looking at both its structure and scene work.


This amazing and iconic 1981 film established so...

Dec 22, 2015

Doc McStuffins creator Chris Nee joins Craig and John to answer listener questions that have nothing to do with screenwriting.


On the romance side: How do you break up with someone? Should you follow a boyfriend to Boston? Is it better to love or be loved?


On the life side: What lessons did it take until our 40s...

Dec 15, 2015

John and Craig welcome special guests Malcolm Spellman, Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome and Alan Yang to the third annual Scriptnotes Holiday show, recorded live on December 9th, 2015 in Hollywood.


Malcolm Spellman is a producer on EMPIRE, and one of our most popular Scriptnotes guests ever. He also set a new record...

Dec 10, 2015

After a screening of Straight Outta Compton, John talks with the filmmakers about the journey from real life to the big screen. On the panel, you’ll hear from producers Ice Cube and Scott Bernstein, director F. Gary Gray, screenwriters Andrea Berloff and Jonathan Herman, and actors O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Corey Hawkins.