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Aug 11, 2020

John talks with writer-director Lorene Scafaria and costume designer Mitchell Travers about their collaboration on Hustlers, and how to think visually about story.

We discuss locations, production design, cinematography, and choreography with a major focus on pre-production.

And in our bonus topic for premium members,...


Aug 4, 2020

John and Craig talk action! It’s an all-craft episode about how words on the page become high-adrenaline events on the screen.

We also follow up on WGA news and agency lay-offs.

In our bonus segment for premium members we try to discuss the Emmys but mostly talk about teenage girls’ obsession with...


Jul 28, 2020

John and Craig discuss the special purgatory that projects can get lost in and how to navigate your way out.

We also follow up on Assistant Pay, the 2020 WGA report, and Craig’s writing process for television.

Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members we discuss wine!

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Jul 21, 2020

John and Craig bring another round of How Would This Be A Movie, with a mix of stories from history and the headlines. In this episode we discuss an unexpected guest at a funeral, a lost Russian submarine and a social influencer murder plot.

We also look at the latest WGA developments, including the new agency agreement...


Jul 14, 2020

John and Craig welcome writer/director Justin Simien (Dear White People, Bad Hair) to talk adapting movies to television, the value of film school and the birth of independent cinema.

We follow up on the WGA/AMPTP deal and answer a listener question on writing stories about problematic historical figures.

Finally, in...