May 30, 2017
In a new installment of How Would This Be a Movie, John and Craig take a look at three stories in the news to discuss how to adapt them into award-winning movies.
We also discuss why the studios are allowed to negotiate as one for the WGA contract.
Midnight Blue Scriptnotes shirts are back up at Cotton Bureau for a...
May 23, 2017
Craig and John look at The Addams Family -- not just the 1991 film and its sequel, but the property itself to see what lessons we can learn when adapting for the big screen.
We also answer listener questions on what makes a scene work and writing pilots based on existing IP.
May 16, 2017
Chris McQuarrie (THE USUAL SUSPECTS, VALKYRIE) joins us to talk through how he went from writing giant movies to directing them.
We talk about the pitfalls directors face as they move from indie features to tentpoles, and the advice he gives them. Chris is currently, and conveniently, in Paris directing the next...
May 9, 2017
Craig and guest host Dana Fox welcome Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Rian Johnson (Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) to the live show at the Arclight. The four discuss breaking into Hollywood, handling rejection and sticking to your vision as a writer/director.
We also answer audience questions...
May 2, 2017
Craig and John take on a new round of Three Page Challenges. There’s a fat “Elvis,” a bounty hunter White Rabbit, and a guy locked in the trunk of a speeding Mustang.
We also look at how characters move, and how screenwriters can use character movement to their benefit.