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Jul 28, 2015

John and Craig take a deep look at how descriptive audio for the blind works, with clips from Daredevil and an interview with a woman who does it for a living. It’s a fascinating form of writing, with many of the same challenges screenwriters face.

 

Also this week: Capitals, capitalization, the WGA financial numbers,...


Jul 21, 2015

Reshoots used to be a sign that something had gone horribly wrong. But not anymore. John and Craig look at the reasons why Hollywood movies often go back for additional photography, and how the writer is involved.

 

Also this week, arbitration esoterica about the “final shooting script,” descriptive text for the...


Jul 14, 2015

John and Craig take a deep dive into scene description, looking at how seven produced screenplays arranged the words on the page. With samples from Aliens, Erin Brockovich, Oceans 11, Unforgiven, Wall-E, Wanted and Whip It, we tackle verbs and metaphors, ellipses and underlining.

 

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Jul 7, 2015

Craig sits down with Silicon Valley writer/director Alec Berg to talk about set ups and payoffs, editing comedy and how writing teams get screwed.

 

Also this week: Tess Gerritsen gives up, but that’s not the end of you-stole-my-idea lawsuits.

 

The 200-episode USB drives are in the store, but for how long? If you...


Jun 30, 2015

Craig and John look at why certain genres of movies — mid-budget thrillers, adult dramas and romantic comedies — aren’t getting made, and whether there’s any way to get them back.

 

We also look at Apple Music, and what streaming means for screenwriters. Finally, we chart the screenwriter’s job from pitch to...