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The reel world

1 hour agoArts : Parterre Box

It never occurred to me that each tape had to be individually dubbed or that others, maybe many, many others, might also be ordering tapes at the same time.

Chris and the pirates

yesterdayArts : Parterre Box

Back when I was a good boy, I told my parents that my goal in getting my first job was to earn money for college; however, my real motive was to make my secret wish come true—to be able to consort with “pirates.”

Step by step

5 days agoArts : Parterre Box

Madeline Kahn's 1968 interpretation of "Glitter and Be Gay" has been widely disseminated.

How descriptive audio works

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.

Dieter Roth’s Chaotic and Cacophonous Gesamtkunstwerk

last weekArts : Hyperallergic

The exhibition And away with the minutes spins like a rococo confection around the prolific noise music projects of the legendary and influential German-born Swiss artist Dieter Roth.

Why movies have reshoots

2 weeks agoArts / Writing :

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.

Everything but the dialogue

3 weeks agoArts / Writing :

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.

The One with Alec Berg

4 weeks agoArts / Writing :

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.

No one makes those movies anymore

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.

Silenzio! Anna verso noi s’avanza

last monthArts : Parterre Box

A first hint of what Anna Netrebko's latest Verdi role will sound like.

The Thrill: Jurassic World, Peaches, and Duddy Kravitz

This week: We discuss the dino blockbuster, interview art icon Peaches, and learn why a musical changed a Richler classic The post The Thrill: Jurassic World, Peaches, and Duddy Kravitz appeared first on


2 months agoArts : Parterre Box

Your task: name the Ortruds, all unlucky 13 of them.

Everyman vs. Superman

2 months agoArts / Writing :

From Wolverine to The Rock, male action heroes have literally gotten bigger over the last decade. Craig and John look at how that impacts story. Is there hope for the the ordinary man in an extraordinary situation? Will we ever get back to Kurt and Keanu?

The Thrill: A summer schedule announcement!

Our podcast hosts discuss their summer plans, drop some music festival tips, and announce The Thrill's new summer publishing schedule The post The Thrill: A summer schedule announcement! appeared first on

How would this be a movie?

2 months agoArts / Writing :

John and Craig look at three current news stories from a screenwriter's perspective, discussing how each lends itself to becoming a movie.

Carl Weissner Gets Stellar Notice in Book Podcast

2 months agoArts : Straight Up

In his latest podcast at Jed Birmingham zeroes in on the immensely talented Carl Weissner and his cut-up novel The Braille Film. Birmingham, who met Weissner in New York and Paris, talks about what made him so memorable and how he bought the book at auction some years ago for $75, believing it and […]

The Thrill: Pop-culture lessons, and reviving the theatre

On this week's pop-culture podcast: what we've learned from pop culture, and the Stratford Festival's plan to engage the young The post The Thrill: Pop-culture lessons, and reviving the theatre appeared first on

The 200th Episode Live Show

2 months agoArts / Writing :

Craig, John, and Aline record the 200th episode of Scriptnotes live with a worldwide audience listening in — and chiming in — as they discuss TV showrunning and whether quality really counts at the box office.

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