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The Rocky Shoals (pages 70-90)

4 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

4 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

4 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

4 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

5 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

5 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”

5 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

5 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.

Self Publishing With NookPress And Marketing To Nook Customers

Barnes & Noble has been a well-known US book brand for many years, and the Nook has consistently been one of the top ebook retailers alongside Amazon, Apple and Kobo in the US. But up until March 2014, non-US authors couldn’t self-publish directly to the Nook platform. We could only reach Nook readers through other […]

The waiting game

5 months agoArts : Parterre Box

This week's gem from the Mike Richter collection is all the more precious for its rarity: a performance of Fauré's Pénélope starring ravishing Régine Crespin.

Wet Hot American Podcast

5 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Writer-Director David Wain joins John and Craig to talk about the long journey to bring They Came Together to the screen (on June 27th), the changing nature of spoofs, and the seminal summer camp film Wet Hot American Summer.

The princess diaries

5 months agoArts : Parterre Box

By special request of Our Own DeCaffarrelli, and courtesy of Mike Richter, here's a treat: a 1969 performance of La Cenerentola starring the delectable Teresa Berganza.

The Summer Superhero Spectacular

5 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig are joined by the writers of the some of the biggest superhero movies to talk about why these characters resonate. Andrea Berloff looks for the primal essence of Conan. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely discuss the challenge of bringing Captain America to a global audience. Show More Summary

Final chapter

5 months agoArts : Parterre Box

The mighty Teatro Colón Ring cycle draws to a close, courtesy of Mike Richter‘s superb CD-ROM “El Anillo.” Wagner: Götterdämmerung, Act Two Teatro Colón, October 26, 1962 BBrünnhilde: Birgit Nilsson Siegfried: Hans Hopf Hagen: Arnold...Show More Summary

Photoplays and archetypes

5 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

In a wide-ranging episode, Craig and John look at a 1912 screenwriting book, Levinson's beef with the WGA, and the Periodic Table of Storytelling.

The revengening

6 months agoArts : Parterre Box

Legendary Birgit Nilsson heads a spectacular cast in the second act of Götterdämmerung, our latest treasure from Mike Richter's trove of CD-ROMs.

The Angeles Crest Fiasco

6 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Screenwriter Kelly Marcel joins John and Craig to play Fiasco, resulting in a tale of art, murder and sexual blackmail in the Hollywood Hills.

Gauss PDF Interview with J. Gordon Faylor

Tan Lin: Can you tell me how Gauss PDF got started? and when exactly? Gordon Faylor: GPDF’s inaugural release came about in November 2010. By that point, I’d made a good number of friends/acquaintances in both the NYC and Philadelphia experimental poetry scenes (and elsewhere, naturally) who I thought were producing very engaging work, and [...]

Norn yesterday

6 months agoArts : Parterre Box

The final day of the Buenos Aires Ring dawns in our latest sampling from the Mike Richter's trove of CD-ROMs.

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