Follow Up

Final Draft and WGA registration

On their website, Final Draft claims to be the preferred format for WGA registration. But that doesn’t gibe with the WGA’s own site.

The Scriptnotes Holiday Live Show

Craig and I are doing a live episode benefiting the Writers Guild Foundation on December 19th.


Final Draft emailed me to recommend an alternate workflow to convert a screenplay PDF to FDX.

Shirts back in the Store

Through Friday, November 15th, we’ll be taking orders for a new batch of shirts. They’ll ship starting December 2nd, in time for the holidays. Like last time, we’ll only print what people order, so if you want a shirt, you need to order now.

How we record Scriptnotes

Many listeners have asked how Craig and I record our weekly podcast, so here’s a quick rundown of our standard operating procedure.

Big Fish, Jimmy Buffet, and seeing shows on a budget

The producers have agreed to restore my SCRIPT discount code for Big Fish on Broadway, but only through December 22nd — and they might pull the offer at any time.

Storing stuff in other people’s houses

Often, the best backup strategy is giving it away.

Screenwriters hate cell phones

Back in May, I hosted a panel on behalf of The Academy on Storytelling in the Digital Age. I meant to post my introduction, but promptly forgot until now.

What’s Next

John and Craig discuss what it feels like to finish a project — the combination of excitement and relief, joy and sadness — as Craig advises John which project he should write next now that Big Fish is set to open.

How screenwriting style changed movies

A listener makes the case that modern screenwriting style has changed how scenes themselves work.

Scriptnotes Live from New York

John and Craig welcome their largest live audience yet for a conversation about Kickstarter, movie pilots and musicals. Joined by special guest Andrew Lippa, they talk about the special challenges and opportunities that arise when characters break into song.

Scriptnotes: The Outros

Beginning with episode 98, we asked Scripnotes listeners to send us their take on the Scriptnotes theme for us to use as an outro. Here are the ones we’ve used so far.

Two ENTJs walk into a bar (and fix it)

John and Craig reveal their Myers-Briggs secrets as they discuss Kevin Spacey’s comments on the state of television, Eric Garcetti’s plans to address runaway production, and the WGA election.

All the One Cool Things

Almost every week on the Scriptnotes podcast, Craig and I each share a One Cool Thing. Now you can find all of these recommendations on a single page.

Yank! makes it

The Kickstarter campaign for the Yank! cast album, which I blogged about earlier this week, cleared its $35,000 target this morning. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Disaster Porn, and Spelling Things Out

John and Craig discuss Damon Lindelof’s interview about how plot stakes have escalated lockstep with budget, perhaps to the point of absurdity.

Scriptnotes, a look back and ahead

I wanted to share a quick summary of where the podcast has been and where we’re going.

Psychotherapy for screenwriters

John and Craig sit down with screenwriter-turned-psychotherapist Dennis Palumbo to discuss writer’s block, procrastination, partnerships and more. It’s a can’t-miss episode for aspiring writers and professionals alike.

Previz for screenwriters

Generally, screenwriters should focus on words rather than pictures. But in certain cases, images really help.

Rationality vs. Umbrage

Four days in, sales of the Scriptnotes t-shirts are going fairly smoothly. We briefly blew off the lid of our PayPal account, but have been able to keep everything at a good simmer since then.

50 Random Questions

As promised, John and Craig answer a bunch of listener questions on everything except screenwriting, on topics ranging from sex to science to sushi.

Scriptnotes Off-Topic

On next week’s episode of the podcast, Craig and I will be answering listener questions about everything except screenwriting. So if you’re a fan who wants to hear Craig’s opinions on velcro shoes or to know my first literary crush (Pete Crenshaw from The Three Investigators), this is your week.

Veronica Mars Attacks

Craig and John discuss the big Veronica Mars/Kickstarter news in one of the more contentious podcasts to date. If you like umbrage, this is the show for you.

Writing a scene in 11 steps

The infographic below, which hit the front page of Reddit tonight, comes from a 2007 post of mine titled How to Write a Scene. The graphic by Ryan Rivard is lovely and all, but the full post is probably more helpful. In particular, point five merits explanation: 5) Ask: What’s the most surprising thing that […]

We’d Like to Make an Offer

John and Craig discuss spec scripts, pitches and how it feels when your movie gets brutal reviews.