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Sep 15, 2020

John welcomes back screenwriter Ryan Knighton (In the Dark) to discuss taking out a project as a pitch versus just writing it as a spec.

Then we hear from listeners about the ideas they’re considering pitching vs speccing and offer our advice. We also look at the Academy’s new requirements for Best Picture, and...

Sep 8, 2020

John and Craig talk about the words we use when referring to people or groups of people — and why those words keep changing. Nic Novicki of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge joins us to discuss writing inclusive storylines and characters.

We also discuss single-use characters, WGA elections, and follow up on...

Sep 1, 2020

John and Craig tackle their overflowing mailbag to answer some long-delayed listener questions on subtext, divorce, set decoration, and more!

We also follow up on news about management companies and how this affects writers.

Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members, we’ll talk about headshots and our...

Aug 25, 2020

John and Craig talk to an audience of development executives about the experience of getting notes as a writer. They cover why these conversations kick in our fight or flight responses, how to frame notes through story, and ways to motivate writers towards a creative vision.

We take questions from the audience and...

Aug 18, 2020

John and Craig skip heroes and villains to examine the villain’s accomplices and how to write them more believably.

We also answer listener questions, parcel out some umbrage, and discuss updates between the agencies and the WGA.

Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members, we talk tips for travel during the...