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May 26, 2015

Craig and John discuss finding your way back to your story – and your enthusiasm – when writing your second draft. Craig has tips and suggestions. John has sympathy and war stories.


This week, we also discuss ageism and authenticity in Hollywood, the Mr. Holmes lawsuit, and unsung screenwriter heroes.


The 200th...

May 19, 2015

This week, we time-travel back to our first centennial, a live show in Hollywood with special guests Aline Brosh McKenna and Rawson Thurber. We discuss the rise of the “writer-plus,” the importance of early mentors, and the emails that outline the very origin of Scriptnotes.


Through the past 100 episodes, a lot...

May 12, 2015

Craig and John tackle a single topic: bad movies and how they happen. Having experienced the process first-hand, they report on how bad ideas make it to the screen, and how good ideas go wrong. There’s no single answer, but a range of patterns that end in terrible movies.


In follow-up, we talk about still-forming...

May 5, 2015

John and Craig dig into the listener mailbag and take questions on TV producer credits, jealousy over other writers’ success, writing tight vs writing long and plenty of other follow up.


It’s a jam packed episode worthy of a long commute.


We also have information on the card game we playtested in LA a few weeks...