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John and Craig look at how to write satisfying third acts. That doesn’t necessarily mean a happy ending, but rather one that feels earned.

If the first 10 pages of a script establish a contract between reader and writer — give me your undivided attention and I will make it worthwhile — the last 10 pages are where that contract is paid out. This is where screenwriters generally need to spend much more time, yet it’s often hurried and rushed.

Looking at the headlines, Craig fills us in on Hayden Christiansen’s lawsuit against USA Network’s Royal Pains and what it means for screenwriters. (Expect to be signing new forms.)

We also discuss a listener’s lament that studio execs have learned all the wrong lessons from the success of Avengers (and the failure of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter).

All this and vocal fry in the new installment of Scriptnotes.

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UPDATE 7-6-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.