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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.
In follow-up, we discuss the Aereo decision and our mutual love of Slate’s Culture Gabfest.
Finally, we answer a reader question about the proper protocol for checking in after a meeting.
- Sundance Screenwriters Lab
- Scriptnotes, Episode 131: Procrastination and Pageorexia
- The Aereo lawsuit on Upstart
- The Supreme Court’s Aereo decision
- Wikipedia on cable television
- Slate Culture Gabfest “Summer Strut 2014” Edition
- Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter
- Pre-lap on Screenwriting.io
- Three Pages by Rob Yescombe, and the scene on YouTube
- Datura on Wikipedia
- @SavedYouAClick on Twitter
- Clickhole by The Onion
- How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg
- Outro by Scriptnotes listener Regis Duffy (send us yours!)
UPDATE 7-3-14: The transcript of this episode can be found here.