This week, Craig and John get all Miss Manners to talk about best practices, bad behavior and throwing writers under the bus.
Our new screenwriting utility, Highland, converts between three major formats screenwriters use: PDF, Fountain and Final Draft. It’s in beta today.
Fountain lets you write screenplays in any text editor on any device, from computers to iPads to smartphones. It’s as simple as we could make it, which is what makes it so useful.
In a move that will help absolutely no one, Warners has apparently convinced Netflix to make their site slightly worse for users by imposing a 28-day delay before users can even add a DVD to their queue.
Our new Mac app, Bronson Watermarker, does exactly one thing: watermark PDFs. There are other apps that let you do that (including Adobe Acrobat), but none of them are particularly good. They make simple jobs complicated, and they cost a lot more.
Earlier this year, I was asked to come up with a name for a line of sunflower seeds, part of a Canadian school program aimed at increasing environmental awareness, through gardening, for elementary school children.
Craig and John explain what producers do — at least, what they’re supposed to do — and discuss the myriad subclasses of producers that litter the opening titles of many movies.
As an experiment, I’m doing away with comments on the site through the of the year.
FDX Reader, our app for reading Final Draft screenplay files on the iPhone and iPad, has been updated to version 1.1.4, and is on sale for $1.99 through Monday, December 12th.
We’re launching Screenwriting.io to answer basic questions about screenwriting.
Dennis Ritchie, the father of the C programming language, has died. He was 70.
Without Steve Jobs, we’d still have computers and mobile phones and other wonderful devices. But they’d be different.
Television has the blessing and curse of short production schedules, so it’s possible to land a joke about something happening in popular culture. But it’s not always a good idea.
Aspiring screenwriter leaves locked suitcase at talent agency. Bomb squad destroys it.
Screenwriter Justin Samuels is suing CAA and WME for not taking him as a client, alleging systematic racial discriminatory practices.
Matt Byrne, my assistant since post-production on The Nines, has been hired as a staff writer on the new ABC drama Scandal. Stuart Friedel will be taking over.
We’re doing Big Fish as a Broadway musical, aiming for Fall 2012. Susan Stroman is directing. Andrew Lippa wrote music and lyrics. I wrote the book. Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen are producing.
FDX Reader lets you open Final Draft (.fdx) files on your iPad, and makes them look nice. It’s not an editor. It’s just a reader, like iBooks or the Kindle app. And it’s available in the App Store now.
Big news coming tomorrow.
Because of a travel situation, I had to swap dates for my Anatomy of a Script session on Big Fish. I’ll be coming two weeks later.
Every year, the Writers Guild Foundation holds a series of discussions with film and television writers focusing on one of their past or current projects. This year, I’ll be a guest, talking about Big Fish.
We pushed a minor update (1.0.8) to Less IMDb, which makes three requested changes.
I love IMDb. I’m forever thankful that such a great and free resource exists. But the new layout blows. Rather than complain about it, Ryan and I decided to fix it with a Safari extension called Less IMDb.
I’ll be part of three panels at this year’s Austin Film Festival, including a special session on Big Fish.
If you’re reading this on the main site, you’ll notice we’re rocking a new look. Many thanks to the beta testers who helped out over the last few weeks.