Craig and John head to the Austin Film Festival for another live edition of Scriptnotes. Everything is bigger in Texas, including the crowd for this packed show featuring Looper writer/director Rian Johnson and Saving Mr. Banks screenwriter Kelly Marcel.
We talk about following up on success, the importance of trusted readers and the merits of specs for established writers. Then it's the first-ever game of That's One Way to Go, in which John and Craig have to incorporate asinine ideas into development projects. Selling out has never been more fun.
We had a great time at AFF, and the live show was definitely a highlight. Thanks to our hosts, our amazing guests and especially the terrific audience.
This week, John and Craig go big to look all things blockbuster. First, Anita Elberse's new book Blockbusters argues that giant movies are a comparatively safe bet for Hollywood. Meanwhile, Gravity is the movie on everyone's lips, but will we learn the right lessons, or just try to put more movie stars in space?
Speaking of big name actors, wow, some of them don't seem to like being directed. Finally, we offer some advice on following up after general meetings. All this and slightly more in the 114th edition of Scriptnotes.
Explicit language warning! Even the titles of this week's Three Page Challenge entries are filthy, so John and Craig let the f-bombs fly. We also look at Diablo Cody's useful list of things no one ever tells you about being a successful screenwriter.
Craig and John go back to basics with an all advice episode, looking at the Dear J.J. recommendations for Star Wars, Tony Gilroy's advice to screenwriters and whatever's up with Max Landis.
From there, they open the listener mailbag to answer questions ranging from mastering characters' voices to indie financing.
John and Craig discuss what it feels like to finish a project
the combination of excitement and relief, joy and sadness as Craig advises John which project he should write next now that Big Fish is set to open.
In film news, a new fund aims to back films directed by women, while Los Angeles appoints a new film czar with considerable studio experience.
All this, plus Craig recounts how he nearly saw John take a fist to the face.