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Oct 26, 2021

John and Craig check character blindspots, looking at how ‘over-security’ drives characters to humor and heartbreak. We also discuss natural structure: how certain events (weddings, sports, school) can create narrative scaffolding.

The death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust has the industry...


Oct 19, 2021

John and Craig talk action! They examine iconic scenes in classic movies to illustrate the relationship between intensity and density on the page.

We also host a Three Page Challenge: Spooky Edition, our segment that invites listeners to submit writing samples for critique. This week we’re specifically looking at...


Oct 12, 2021

John and Craig discuss how the screenplay guides production — not just in what happens, but how it feels. They look at how the words on the page steer and inspire other departments, starting with the very first hires.

We also cover predatory writers, getting in over your head, and what it’s like to have no visual...


Oct 5, 2021

John and Craig discuss the art of planning and forgetting. How do you stay present in a scene when you know where the story is going? The guys offer tips for making sure your characters are driving the story — but on roads you built.

We answer listener questions on setting the mood, manager requests, and insurance...


Sep 28, 2021

John and Craig brainstorm How Would This Be A Movie, looking at articles featuring kangaroo feuds in Australia, squatters in the Hamptons, and ghost historians in Palestine. Plus a romance between the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion.

We also cover the potential IATSE strike, Tudum Day, and managing money.

In our bonus...