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The Tentpoles of 2019

3 hours agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Craig and John discuss the 31 superhero movies slated for the next few years. Is it good business or a trainwreck in the making?

Critics, Characters and Business Affairs

John and Craig were delighted to join the Slate Culture Gabfest on stage to talk about the gulf between critics and creators. We have the audio from that, and additional thoughts on the issue.

Toxic Perfection Syndrome

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Craig and John discuss that delusional period in which you’re convinced your script is the best thing ever written — and the inevitable heartbreak when someone tells you it isn’t. (TPS is close cousins to the Oscar Speech in the Shower.)

Guardians of the Galaxy’s Nicole Perlman

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Craig and John talk with Guardians co-writer Nicole Perlman about the development of this summer’s blockbuster, and her two years as part of Marvel’s in-house writing program. It’s a great look at how movies get started, and the dozens of drafts you didn’t see on the big screen.

Ghost

Craig loves the 1990 blockbuster Ghost. John? Ditto. Written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry Zucker, Ghost set the template for the modern romantic drama. It was Twilight before Twilight, Titanic before Titanic. It won hearts, weekends and Oscars, including best screenplay.

A Cheap Cut of Meat Soaked in Butter

To celebrate the third anniversary of Scriptnotes, John and Craig invite Aline Brosh McKenna and her limitless analogies back to discuss box-office journalism, scene geography, emotional IQ and flipping the script.

A Screenwriter’s Guide to the End of the World

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig spend the hour discussing the number one topic whenever screenwriters are done complaining about studio notes: the end of the world, and how to get ready for it.

The Mystery of the Disappearing Articles

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

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

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

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 months 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 months 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 months 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

3 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

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

3 months agoArts : 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

3 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

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!”

3 months agoArts : 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

3 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.

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