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.

First sale and funny on the page

Craig and John look at two recent court decisions that could have a big impact on how movies get sold and resold — and how writers get paid. First-Sale Doctrine is one of those intractable issues that involves freedom and control, bits and atoms, creators and consumers.

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.

Type on the radio

I spoke with KPCC’s Alex Cohen about Courier Prime last week.

Three-Hole Punchdrunk

Craig and John discuss a new report that tallies spec script sales for 2012 — with the reminder that selling a spec isn’t necessarily the most important thing for new writers.

Introducing Courier Prime

Courier Prime is a better version of Courier designed specifically for screenwriters. It’s free and available today.

People still buy movies

With last week’s news that home video stopped its free-fall and actually grew a little bit in 2012, John and Craig discuss whether studios might ease off on one-step deals and other development austerity measures.

Big Fish announces Broadway plans

Big Fish will begin performances September 5 at the Neil Simon Theatre. Opening night is set for October 6.

Making and Remaking Karateka

To commemorate the making and remaking of Karateka, Earl Newton shot a terrific series of behind-the-scenes videos, the first two of which are embedded below.

We’re all Disney princesses now

John and Craig discuss the big movie news of the week: Disney buying Lucasfilm, and with it, the rights to Star Wars.

Gorilla City and the Kingdom of Toads

John and Craig talk about the new show John sold to ABC, which leads to a conversation about the differences between studios and networks, and how writers end up having relationships with both.

Chosen, or Hey I’m Doing a TV Show!

Josh Friedman and I just set up a new show called Chosen, produced by 20th Television for ABC. I’ll write the pilot, and if the show goes to series, Josh will run it.

Why the story doesn’t work in Diablo III

Diablo III squanders a lot of pixels and talent on a middling, uninvolving story.

Highland update fixes .fdx, adds Snow Leopard support

The new beta of Highland addresses .fdx export issues, Unicode characters, and support for Snow Leopard (OS 10.6).

The Disney Dilemma

John and Craig discuss the small, currently leaderless world of Walt Disney Studios, along with its challenges and opportunities.

Professional screenwriting, and why no one really breaks in

Craig and John just have to talk about the double-barrel craziness of the Joe Eszterhas/Mel Gibson spat. How often do you have screenwriters lobbing incendiary accusations at movie stars?

Go, while you can get it

The deal between Starz and Netflix expires March 1st, so if you have any titles you’re eager to watch online, get cracking. Among my movies, that includes Go and the first Charlie’s Angels. The Nines and Titan A.E. will still be available.

Etiquette for screenwriters

This week, Craig and John get all Miss Manners to talk about best practices, bad behavior and throwing writers under the bus.

Say hello to Highland

Our new screenwriting utility, Highland, converts between three major formats screenwriters use: PDF, Fountain and Final Draft. It’s in beta today.