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Jan 27, 2015

John and Craig pick up loose ends, with follow-up on previous episodes about “friends,” conflict, improv, Kindles, and defibrillation.


Then it’s that Peter Bart episode, which is enough to cause a heart attack.


Finally, we get to some listener questions about referring to collective characters, INT/EXT, deaf...

Jan 20, 2015

Aline Brosh McKenna joins John and Craig to discuss the how movies featuring good mentors (Dead Poet’s Society, To Sir with Love) differ from films with bad mentors (Whiplash, The Devil Wears Prada). It’s not just that the teachers are bad guys; rather, the stories are structured completely differently.


John asks...

Jan 13, 2015

Craig and John discuss conflict – why it’s bad in real life but essential in screenwriting. We define six forms of conflict common in movies, then look at ways to sustain conflict within a scene and throughout a story.


We also look briefly at Whiplash, both the conflict between its two main characters and the...

Jan 6, 2015

John and Craig start the new year by discussing Chuck Palahniuk’s advice to avoid thinking verbs. Then it’s a new round of the Three Page Challenge.


We also do follow-up on the Sony hack.