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Oct 27, 2020

John and Craig reflect on Quibi, the short-lived short-form video company that announced its end. They talk about what happened and prognosticate wildly about the future of the entertainment industry.

We also consider movie ideas to replace the Slinky movie and answer lots of listener questions.

Finally, in our bonus...

Oct 20, 2020

Craig and John get emotional. They look at characters’ inner emotional states–why they matter and how to approach them as writers.

We also examine the state of feature residuals and answer a listener question about how long you should wait before turning in your work.

Finally, in our bonus segment for premium...

Oct 13, 2020

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...

Oct 6, 2020

John and Craig welcome back Rachel Bloom (co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) to talk about songwriting–both the creative process and the business of writing songs for film and television.

We also discuss a new report about sexual harassment in Hollywood and ageism in the industry.

Finally, in our bonus...