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Rewrites and Scheduling

11 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Craig and John take an extensive look at best practices when coming in to rewrite an existing script. How do you take the reins when you weren’t the first screenwriter? Whether you’re starting over at page one or executing some surgical fixes, we discuss the psychology and reality of being the subsequent writer.

The Proclamation of the Irish Republic: notes from Dublin

The image above shows a full-size facsimile of the original Proclamation (made from a scan of the copy at the Providence Public Library, Rhode Island, USA) propped against the stonework of one of the northern gateways to the yard of Dublin Castle, which was the centre of political administration in Ireland for many hundreds of years. Show More Summary

PG13: Blood, Boobs and Bullcrap

11 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig discuss the PG-13 rating, its effects and what screenwriters have to keep in mind when dealing with it. Then it’s a conversation about healthy and unhealthy relationships between writers and their representatives.

Before sunset

12 months agoArts : Parterre Box

In honor of the upcoming Met Opening Night, here's a singer identification quiz featuring, for a change, music for a tenor: the climactic phrase from Otello's third act monologue.

Clerks and recreation

12 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Craig and John tackle another installment of “How would this be a movie?” with a look at the Kentucky clerk, the French train bros, Uber and Deflategate. Who are the heroes and villains, and would there be enough plot to support the running time?

NDAs and other acronyms

12 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

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

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

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

last yearArts : 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 yearArts : 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 yearArts : 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 yearArts : 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 yearArts : 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.

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