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Dieter Roth’s Chaotic and Cacophonous Gesamtkunstwerk

11 months agoArts : 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

11 months agoArts / Writing :

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.

Everything but the dialogue

11 months agoArts / Writing :

John and Craig take a deep dive into scene description, looking at how seven produced screenplays arranged the words on the page. With samples from Aliens, Erin Brockovich, Oceans 11, Unforgiven, Wall-E, Wanted and Whip It, we tackle verbs and metaphors, ellipses and underlining.

The One with Alec Berg

12 months agoArts / Writing :

Craig sits down with Silicon Valley writer/director Alec Berg to talk about set ups and payoffs, editing comedy and how writing teams get screwed.

No one makes those movies anymore

12 months agoArts / Writing :

Craig and John look at why certain genres of movies — mid-budget thrillers, adult dramas and romantic comedies — aren’t getting made, and whether there’s any way to get them back.

Silenzio! Anna verso noi s’avanza

12 months agoArts : Parterre Box

A first hint of what Anna Netrebko's latest Verdi role will sound like.

The Thrill: Jurassic World, Peaches, and Duddy Kravitz

This week: We discuss the dino blockbuster, interview art icon Peaches, and learn why a musical changed a Richler classic The post The Thrill: Jurassic World, Peaches, and Duddy Kravitz appeared first on


last yearArts : Parterre Box

Your task: name the Ortruds, all unlucky 13 of them.

Everyman vs. Superman

From Wolverine to The Rock, male action heroes have literally gotten bigger over the last decade. Craig and John look at how that impacts story. Is there hope for the the ordinary man in an extraordinary situation? Will we ever get back to Kurt and Keanu?

The Thrill: A summer schedule announcement!

Our podcast hosts discuss their summer plans, drop some music festival tips, and announce The Thrill's new summer publishing schedule The post The Thrill: A summer schedule announcement! appeared first on

How would this be a movie?

John and Craig look at three current news stories from a screenwriter's perspective, discussing how each lends itself to becoming a movie.

Carl Weissner Gets Stellar Notice in Book Podcast

last yearArts : Straight Up

In his latest podcast at Jed Birmingham zeroes in on the immensely talented Carl Weissner and his cut-up novel The Braille Film. Birmingham, who met Weissner in New York and Paris, talks about what made him so memorable and how he bought the book at auction some years ago for $75, believing it and […]

The Thrill: Pop-culture lessons, and reviving the theatre

On this week's pop-culture podcast: what we've learned from pop culture, and the Stratford Festival's plan to engage the young The post The Thrill: Pop-culture lessons, and reviving the theatre appeared first on

The 200th Episode Live Show

Craig, John, and Aline record the 200th episode of Scriptnotes live with a worldwide audience listening in — and chiming in — as they discuss TV showrunning and whether quality really counts at the box office.

A New Literary Memoir Recalls Dylan Thomas

last yearArts : Straight Up

A few weeks ago I remarked that Of Dylan and his Deaths, by Heathcote Williams, was so rich in the author’s personal history and “so evocative of his first inspiration, Dylan Thomas,” that it merited attention as a masterpiece of literary investigation. (The investigative aspect of the essay involves Williams’s indignation over “the cultural theft […]

The Thrill: Talking nostalgia with Prozzak, and feminist films

Maclean's pop-culture podcast takes on nostalgia's reign in pop culture with James Bryan of 2000s pop band Prozzak, and more! The post The Thrill: Talking nostalgia with Prozzak, and feminist films appeared first on

Second Draft Doldrums

Craig and John discuss finding your way back to your story — and your enthusiasm — when writing your second draft. Craig has tips and suggestions. John has sympathy and war stories.

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