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May 28, 2013

It's a week of pondering other people's opinions. First, Craig and John take a look at the Bechdel Test: is it a useful metric for screenwriters, or just meaningless checkbox-ticking?

From there, we dive into David Wong's analysis of troubling superhero lessons. Are these just updated versions of the classic myths, or...

May 21, 2013

As promised, John and Craig answer a bunch of listener questions on everything except screenwriting, on topics ranging from sex to science to sushi.

  • How can the universe be infinite, but expanding?
  • What's it like being bald?
  • Do spouses need to have common interests?
  • Can someone become a morning person?
  • And what's the...

May 14, 2013

How you get from one scene to the next can be just as important as the scenes themselves. Craig and John talk techniques and tactics for making those cuts count.

But first there's the issue of the $23 million lawsuit filed by two of the GI Joe writers, claiming that much of the storyline in the 2013 sequel came from...

May 7, 2013

Has a statistician cracked the code on successful screenplay formulas? John and Craig cast a skeptical eye at a New York Times article on Vinny Bruzzese, who claims to have done exactly that.

But is the real story Bruzzese's numbers game, or a general misunderstanding of how the film industry actually operates?