You can’t train a cobra to do that

Scriptnotes: Ep. 192
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Craig and John discuss backup plans, camera directions, and becoming so good they can’t ignore you. Plus we answer two listener questions about specificity in scene headers and how to indicate that a script is intended for animation.

This episode was actually recorded before 191, but through the magic of editing refers to things that hadn’t yet happened. You won’t be confused because you’re clever. You’ll be fine.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 4-10-15: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


The Deal with Scripped.com

Scriptnotes: Ep. 191
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Craig and John talk with the owner of Scripped.com to investigate what happened when the online screenwriting site suddenly went down this week, erasing four years of screenwriters’ work. When things went south, why did he try to distance himself from the debacle, and what comes next? It’s a candid discussion — but far less uncomfortable than the Final Draft episode.

We’re also joined by the creator/owner of WriterDuet to discuss his role in all of this, and the precautions one takes when using online software.

Huge thanks to our guests and to Matthew and Stuart for their quick turnaround on this episode. We’ll also have a normal episode this Tuesday.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 4-8-15: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Writer Emergency Pack, now in stores

WEP-1-PackWriter Emergency Pack, the deck of writer tools we Kickstarted late last year, is now available for sale in the Store and on Amazon. It’s $19, and makes a perfect gift for writers. (Or for yourself.)

The logistics behind getting Writer Emergency Pack available online were trickier than I had anticipated. I wrote an update to Kickstarter backers explaining what’s happening behind the scenes when you click the buy button.

Here it is in flowchart form:

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Sales have been solid, bordering on brisk. My phone buzzes every time we sell a deck, which is of course the worst kind of Pavlovian conditioning.

I’ll switch the notifications off soon, but for now it’s useful to see the immediate impact of Amazon reviews and user tweets. And it’s oddly gratifying to see something we made out there in the world being purchased by strangers.


This Is Working

Scriptnotes: Ep. 190
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For the first time ever, John and Craig spend an entire episode on a full-length original screenplay, K.C. Scott’s THIS IS WORKING.

Black List founder Franklin Leonard joins us as we dig into this former Three Page Challenge entry, examining character, story and thematic issues. We get very specific about what’s working in the script now — but also what the movie may want to become. Plus we talk about the road ahead for this writer, and the choices he’s going to be facing.

Listeners are going to get a lot out of this episode — and even moreso if they read the script beforehand. So download the script and give it a read first if you have a chance. (Link below.)

This is a very different episode for us, so let us know what you think on Twitter and Facebook.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 4-5-15: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


K.C. Scott’s “This Is Working”

On Tuesday’s episode of Scriptnotes, we’ll be looking at K.C. Scott’s original screenplay This Is Working, a former Three Page Challenge entry.

We just recorded the episode, and it’s already in my top ten.

Joined by special guest Franklin Leonard, Craig and I talk about character, story and thematic issues in ways we never could when only looking at just three pages. We get very specific about what’s working in the script now — but also what the movie may want to become. Plus we talk about the road ahead for this writer, and the choices he’s going to be facing.

I think listeners are going to get a lot out of this episode — and even moreso if they read the script beforehand. So download the script and give it a read this weekend if you have a chance.

We’ve also just added it to Weekend Read, at the top of the For Your Consideration list.

Take a look and see if you agree with our assessment on Tuesday’s show.