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Toxic Perfection Syndrome

Craig and John discuss that delusional period in which you’re convinced your script is the best thing ever written — and the inevitable heartbreak when someone tells you it isn’t. (TPS is close cousins to the Oscar Speech in the Shower.)

Dressing like a screenwriter

We’ve re-opened the John August Store with new shirts for Scriptnotes and Highland, plus our first ever hoodie.

Should we make more Scriptnotes t-shirts?

We have very few Scriptnotes t-shirts left in the store. We’re considering printing a new batch, but we’re not sure which color listeners would actually want. The first round of shirts came in Umbrage Orange and Rational Blue. The second batch came in only Basic Blacklist. For the new t-shirts, we’re considering revisiting one of […]

Hiring a UI designer

We’re hiring a full-time UI designer for Quote-Unquote Apps. I have a hunch we’ll find someone amazing.

Secrets and Lies

John and Craig discuss why most characters are liars, and how that’s actually a good thing. John offers seven suggestions for picking character names that will help your readers. Then we look at a three page challenge that’s been filmed to see what worked on the page versus on screen.

Voting for the Three Page Challenge

At the live Scriptnotes show on May 15th, we’ll be conducting a Three Page Challenge with special guest judge Susannah Grant. Tuesday was the deadline for entering. All of the entries are now available for reading, both on Weekend Read and here. Once you’ve had a look, vote for your favorite(s) — you can choose […]

Superhero music

You can’t have a superhero movie without epic theme music. Likewise, we can’t have a Scriptnotes live show about superheroes without a suitably giant arrangement of our piddly five-note jingle.

The Scriptnotes Summer Superhero Spectacular

We’re doing a live episode of Scriptnotes on Thursday, May 15th at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. This time, we’re featuring some of the biggest names behind the biggest superhero movies.

The Deal with the Deal

John and Craig talk with WGA President Chris Keyser about the tentative deal reached between writers and the studios, and why it’s more groundbreaking than it might appear at first glance.

How do you define television?

House of Cards creator Beau Willimon wonders if “television” is a good word for describing what we’re seeing in long-form storytelling: If you start thinking, well a TV show is a half-hour to an hour long and it’s in chunks, and a [movie] is an hour to two hours and it has a beginning, middle, […]

Introducing Weekend Read

We have a new app. It’s called Weekend Read. It’s for reading scripts on your iPhone, and it’s free on the App Store right now.

Women and Pilots

Carolyn Strauss, executive producer of Game of Thrones, joins John and Craig to discuss female directors and the death of pilot season. In one short hour, they solve all the intractable problems facing the film and television industry. (Not true. Not even remotely.)

Egoless Screenwriting

It’s a week of big egos as Craig and John take a look at when (or whether) filmmakers will be able to pull a Beyoncé and surprise-release a feature film, and what Mrs. Carter’s tussle with Amazon and Target means for the future of retail DVD.

The Scriptnotes App

Scriptnotes now has an app for iOS and Android. It’s free for both platforms.

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.

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.

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.

Scriptnotes Live in NYC

Tickets for the live episode of Scriptnotes in New York just went on sale. If you’re worried about missing out, get one and come back.

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.

Is 15 the new 30?

Have first acts gotten shorter, or does it just feel that way? John and Craig discuss the pressure on screenwriters to “get to it” faster, and why that’s often the wrong goal.

Scriptnotes 100 tickets now available

Tickets for the live taping of the Scriptnotes 100th episode, July 25th in Hollywood, are now available [on the Academy site].

T-Shirts and Transcripts

Now available for a limited time: official Scriptnotes t-shirts. Designed by Ryan Nelson and screenprinted in Los Angeles, the shirts come in Umbrage Orange and Rational Blue-Gray.1 Stuart swears the blue one is the softest shirt he’s ever touched. We offer both men’s and women’s sizes. They’re $19 each, and you can only get them […]

Scriptnotes Live in LA

Craig and I will be doing two live shows in LA this summer: June 29th and July 25. They’re vastly different, but both should be cool.

Storytelling in the digital age

I’m hosting a panel for the Academy next Wednesday, May 15th, to discuss how technology impacts cinema — both the kinds of stories we tell, and how we tell those stories.