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The Mystery of the Disappearing Articles

John and Craig take a look at four new entries in the Three Page Challenge, ranging from galactic drama to medieval comedy. Along the way, they talk about the nature of one-hour teasers, trust, plausibility, and how to properly address religious authorities.

Putting a price on it

From Amazon to animation, there’s drama this week about prices for books and movies and even internships. John and Craig take a look at what happens when companies wrestle over how much things cost, and the effect it has on people trying to make a living as writers.

Threshers, Mergers and the Top Two Boxes

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Craig and John discuss the accusations of plagiarism surrounding True Detective — and what plagiarism even means in the context of filmed entertainment. Movies don’t have footnotes, so how should screenwriters give attribution?

Dell’abisso

3 weeks agoArts : Parterre Box

The news from New York has been rather dire these last few weeks, cher public; La Cieca is the first to admit that.

Summer Re-run: Psychotherapy for Screenwriters

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig revisit one of their favorite episodes, in which they sit down with screenwriter-turned-psychotherapist Dennis Palumbo to discuss writer’s block, procrastination, partnerships and more. It’s a can’t-miss episode for aspiring writers and professionals alike.

Two Writers, One Script

John and Craig look at the trend towards hiring two writers to work on separate drafts of the same project. Is it better to have writers working in parallel than serially? Or does it end up with studios ordering off a Chinese menu: this scene, that character, that other set piece?

Monster ball

last monthArts : Parterre Box

I have banged on and on about doing an "Abscheulicher" quiz for years.

Patrick Durgin’s Introduction to New French Edition of Clairvoyant Journal

Wow: We are admittedly still making our way through this incredible, essential paper by Patrick Durgin, but please set your reading-marks on it, too. Currently at Jacket2 and written for the new French edition of Clairvoyant Journal, to be published by Bat Editions, these introductory remarks on Hannah Weiner’s most well-known work illuminate the typescripts [...]

Making Things Better by Making Things Worse

John and Craig talk structure and escalation. Structure is simply what happens when. Escalation is how things get tougher.

“Ya proklinayu tebya, moy rokovaya krasota!”

last monthArts : Parterre Box

One of the late Mike Richter's most endearing traits was his fascination with rare or downright offbeat recordings, such as this complete 1963 performance of Verdi's Don Carlos in Russian by artists of the Bolshoi.

Mad woman

2 months agoArts : Parterre Box

strong>Mike Richter, via CD-ROM, takes us back to the golden age of concert opera in New York City with Il pirata starring Montserrat Caballé.

The Rocky Shoals (pages 70-90)

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Aline Brosh McKenna joins Craig and John to talk about the difficult journey through pages 70-90 of your feature. After that, we talk about procrastination, the Panic Monster and our inner Instant Gratification Monkeys.

Secrets and Lies

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig discuss why most characters are liars, and how that’s actually a good thing. John offers seven suggestions for picking character names that will help your readers. Then we look at a three page challenge that’s been filmed to see what worked on the page versus on screen.

Yes, screenwriting is actually writing

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Craig and John take a swing at several of the week’s hyperbolic headlines, from conflict-free comedy to Fitzgerald’s failures to Strong Female Characters with nothing to do. In each case, there’s a valid idea lurking beneath the overstated claim, but it’s important to separate good examples from bad.

The Lost-Lost Austin Three Page Challenge

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig open the vault to bring you a never-before-heard episode recorded live at the 2013 Austin Film Festival, where we did a Three Page Challenge and met with the writers.

From Debussy to VOD

3 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig talk about what screenwriters can learn from the structure of classical music, then invite journalist Scott Tobias on to discuss how day-and-date video-on-demand releases make it hard to know how indie films are doing, individually and as a group.

Art Crime with Judge Arthur Tompkins on New Zealand's National Radio: The 1961 Theft of Francisco de Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington

3 months agoArts : ARCAblog

Francisco de Goya, The Duke of Wellington, 1812-1814oil on mahogany, 64.3 x 52.4 cm Judge Arthur Tompkins, who teaches "Art in War" for ARCA's certificate program, appears monthly with Kim Hill on New Zealand's National public radio....Show More Summary

“Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbar’ Ding”

3 months agoArts : Parterre Box

Peter Gelb has single-handedly ravaged the finances of the Met not only during his own incumbency, but in the distant past as well.

To Chase or To Spec

3 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig discuss whether screenwriters are better off pursing writing assignments or working on their own material. They also look at the visual comedy of Edgar Wright, and The Shawshank Redemption’s 20th anniversary.

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