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Nov 25, 2014

John and Craig talk about why writers are often reluctant to show their work, and how film journalists love to focus on the director — even when there’s no director in sight.


Then, it’s part two of our Perfect series, in which we look at what constitutes the perfect agent. Underlying the agent archetypes –...

Nov 19, 2014

John talks with Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, X-Men: Days of Future Past) as part of the WGF’s Writers on Writing series. They discuss Simon’s career as a writer and producer, and take questions from the audience.




Nov 19, 2014

Live from the Austin Film Festival, John is joined by guests Ilyse McKimmie of the Sundance Institute and Franklin Leonard of The Black List to give the Three Page Challenge treatment to 2nd round scripts from the AFF screenplay competition.




Nov 18, 2014

What are the odds that’s statistical analysis of screenplays will make Craig angry? Always bet on umbrage. Fortunately, he just finished a script, so we talk about that, and John’s new gig writing Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (which was the project he described phone-pitching the past...

Nov 11, 2014

John and Craig look at the nature of fluke hits, everything from #alexfromtarget to huge spec sales. Is luck just luck, or is it about how often you play the game? Where does talent fit in?


We walk through a great breakdown of twist endings by Alec Worley, looking at how expectation both inside and outside of...