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NDAs and other acronyms

Craig and John open the mailbag to answer questions on acronyms in dialogue, off-the-air specs and international WGA jurisdiction. Plus we look at the growing trend of non-disclosure agreements on studio projects, and whether the nature of film requires less complex characters.

Song Exploder: "Feeling Ok" by Best Coast

[ download this episode ] Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians deconstruct their songs and tell the stories behind how they were made. In the past, it's explored tracks from The Postal Service toThe Microphones, and even House of Cards composer, Jeff Beal. Show More Summary

Diary of a First-Time Director

John and Craig sit down with Marielle Heller, the writer and director of the acclaimed feature Diary of a Teenage Girl, to talk about the journey of getting her movie made, from optioning the novel to the Sundance Labs through production.

The International Episode

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Craig and John look at how movies are translated, including an interview with a guy who does subtitles for a living. Plus, how Pixar and other companies are localizing movies for international audiences, and what happens when China becomes the largest film market.

[Podcast] HEALTH on Making High-Fidelity Noise

Images courtesy of Song Exploder Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians deconstruct their songs and tell the stories behind how they were made. In the past, it's explored tracks from Thundercat, to U2, and more. In the newest episode,...Show More Summary

One-Handed Movie Heroes

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig discuss why movie heroes — unlike those in novels or musicals -- generally don’t profess internally conflicting views. In reality, our feelings on a topic are likely shades of gray. On the big screen, characters tend to articulate a single point firmly.

A passel of pirates

4 weeks agoArts : Parterre Box

Many live treasures (and some duds) began to take up more and more space—first in my dorm room, then in my first little studio apartment thanks to a group of quite special men, none of whom I ever met face to face.

How to Not Be a Jerk

Craig and John look at best practices for screenwriters promoting their films, both in traditional media and online. We’re not subtweeting anyone, and neither should you.

The reel world

last monthArts : 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

last monthArts : 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

last monthArts : 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 monthArts : 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

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

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

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

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

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

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

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

2 months agoArts : Parterre Box

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

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