John and Craig discuss this year's screenplay Oscar winners, including the success of Birdman's outside-the-box approach and Graham Moore's speech.
This week, we discuss spin-offs, binge-watching, and Chris Brown's border troubles The post The Thrill pop-culture podcast: Going to spin(-off) class appeared first on Macleans.ca.
Screenwriter Malcolm Spellman joins Craig and John to talk about his big break, blown opportunities, and getting momentum back. Now part of the smash hit Empire, he talks about the changes and challenges African-American writers face both on the small screen and the big screen.
I recently did a wide-ranging and fun interview on the Genretainment podcast with Marx Pyle and Julie Seaton. We talked about how I got into writing and why I write supernatural thrillers, the challenges when first starting out, the details of my writing life and how I get ideas and research books, plus tips on […]
The Maclean's pop culture podcast discusses the Oscars and 'Fifty Shades of Grey' The post The Thrill pop-culture podcast: An Oscars extravaganza! appeared first on Macleans.ca.
Lucky us: Thanks to Cabinet Magazine, if you missed the launch for The Experimenters: Chance and Design at Black Mountain College (University of Chicago Press 2015), art historian Eva Díaz’s new book on Black Mountain College, a terrific audio recording of the event is now up on their site. The recording includes a performance by […]
2015 has barely started and antiquities traffickers continue to make headlines in multiple countries. In this three part series, ARCA will explore current art trafficking cases in detail to underscore that the ownership and commodification of the past continues. Show More Summary
From Harper Lee to Sony to the Wheel of Time, it was a big week for studios trying to hold onto intellectual property. John and Craig discuss why those deals take such strange turns, including 1:30 a.m. airings on cable.
John and Craig do a deep dive on Tess Gerritsen’s lawsuit concerning Gravity, using the case as a way to talk about contracts, chain of title, adaptation and corporate ownership. Spoiler: It’s really complicated, but it’s really interesting too.
John and Craig discuss exploding scripts and stock scenes. Then in the second half of the show, we welcome two very special guests.
“I do believe that there is cosmic synchronicity that we don’t understand,” Rachel Mason told me on a chilly night in her Long Island City studio. Eight years ago, she began researching an eighty-year-old newspaper story for her new opera “The Lives of Hamilton Fish”– the making of which, alone, is a long story.
John and Craig pick up loose ends, with follow-up on previous episodes about “friends,” conflict, improv, Kindles, and defibrillation.
Creating a sustainable writing income is a struggle. I’m sure you know that! But maybe it’s important to look at some less-obvious applications of your writing skills. Check out what Danny Iny has to say about this in the following interview. Show More Summary
Aline Brosh McKenna joins John and Craig to discuss the how movies featuring good mentors (Dead Poet’s Society, To Sir with Love) differ from films with bad mentors (Whiplash, The Devil Wears Prada). It’s not just that the teachers are bad guys; rather, the stories are structured completely differently.
Craig and John discuss conflict -- why it’s bad in real life but essential in screenwriting. We define six forms of conflict common in movies, then look at ways to sustain conflict within a scene and throughout a story.
John and Craig start the new year by discussing Chuck Palahniuk's advice to avoid thinking verbs. Then it's a new round of the Three Page Challenge.
Gurus, healers, psychics, and witches are common in Los Angeles—and their worlds often intersect with the world of artists.
It’s a clip show! John and Craig discuss cutting pages from your script, fixing plot holes, and what we’d do if we ran a studio. We’ll be back with all new episodes in 2015, the year of post-outrage rationality.
Last May at the NCS Reuben Awards Weekend in San Diego, Reubens Master of Ceremonies Tom Gammill put together a great video intro featuring a montage of clips from “The Simpsons” that featured gags about cartoons, comics, cartoonists and MAD Magazine. There were a surprising number of them, including a few cartooning luminaries like Cathy […]
John and Craig offer advice to a director taking the plunge, with guidance on both getting the work done and getting the performances you want. From there, we segue into a discussion of the Perfect Director, the next installment of our Perfect series.