In an interview with Billboard, producer Patrick Leonard talks about writing “Like a Prayer” with Madonna. Their process is a great example of actually making things.
Maybe I’m hyper-aware because yesterday was the 15th anniversary of Go, but I’m encountering sorts of references to past projects this week.
Finally, a Tumblr documenting and discussing all those scrolling shots of code on computer screens in movies and television. I love when directors and production designers take the time to get this right. And look! Here’s some vintage Prince of Persia.
Using a scene from my 2003 pilot “Alaska,” I thought it would be interesting to compare the written scene to what it looked like in the final version.
Antonia Lidder recounts her experience with Frankenweenie, and its impact on her son diagnosed with autism: In spring 2012, when he had a vocabulary of approximately 15 words, Gabriel clearly said ‘Sparky’. We were excited that he’d said a word and was undoubtedly trying to communicate with us, yet we had no idea what ‘sparky’ […]
Over the weekend, I revamped my YouTube channel and uploaded a bunch of videos, including my 1998 short film God, starring a young Melissa McCarthy.
For an upcoming project, I’m looking to hire a puppet designer. Since I’ve often had great luck finding talented folk among my readership, I thought I’d put out the call. You might be the right person, or know the right person.
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.
The new 30-second spot for Big Fish features a lot of footage from the show. Filming it was much more complicated than I would have guessed, so I thought a rundown of the process would be interesting for both film and theater folk.
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.
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.
USA Today’s Elysa Gardner interviewed me and Andrew Lippa about Big Fish and the influx of movie-based dramas on Broadway this season: “The musicals that have been very successful with audiences over time are generally the ones that traffic in big emotions,” notes Lippa, whose credits as a composer and lyricist range from Broadway’s The […]
With the Broadway edition of Big Fish imminent, a discussion of iteration and the value of feedback.
The box office at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City opened this morning, selling tickets for the Broadway incarnation of Big Fish. First performance is September 5th. Official opening is October 6th. Tickets are also available online of course, but Ticketmaster charges a fee and doesn’t even have ice cream coming at 1pm. […]
Generally, screenwriters should focus on words rather than pictures. But in certain cases, images really help.
Like a good Onion article, Heather Havrilesky’s “Five Super-Easy Tips For Dealing with the Apocalypse!” pushes beyond the initial joke to an even darker truth.
Andrew Lippa and I did an interview for Big Fish about our collaboration. We recorded it in the lobby of the Oriental Theater while the show was playing, so in the background you can hear Kate Baldwin singing “I Don’t Need a Roof” from the second act.
The 22-year old twins at the center of my 1999 TV show D.C. were named Mason and Finley. Rare names at the time, but increasingly common.
Big Fish starts previews in Chicago tomorrow, April 2nd. Eep. A bunch of readers asked about rush tickets, so I asked our general manager, who asked Broadway in Chicago, who consulted the great oracle of all things ticket-related. Here’s the official word: $25 Student/Senior/Military/Industry Rush Tickets A limited number of rush tickets will be available […]
We’ve started tech rehearsal for Big Fish in Chicago, and EW.com has an exclusive first listen at a song from our show: Time Stops.
My college professors will be happy to know that roughly 20 years after getting my advertising degree, I finally wrote a television commercial. This 15-second Big Fish spot is airing in Chicago now.
I’d love to see some friendly faces in the crowd for Chicago run of Big Fish. For the first four performances, you can see it for $26 instead of $70.
John and Craig talk homesickness and daddy issues before diving into a discussion on what Rhythm and Hues’s bankruptcy means for the film industry — and similar scenarios screenwriters might face down the road.
While I’m always happy when someone says they like Titan A.E., I feel more honest saying “Me too!” rather than “Thanks.” It’s a movie with my name on it, but it’s nowhere near “my movie” the way Go or Big Fish or The Nines are.
Frankenweenie is available today in the U.S., in both spinning plastic and digital versions.