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John and Craig discuss this year’s screenplay Oscar winners, including the success of Birdman’s outside-the-box approach and Graham Moore’s speech.
Craig asked Reddit’s r/screenwriting sub to collect a list of the so-called rules budding screenwriters are told to follow. From the rules of the page to the rules of the industry, John and Craig look at these commonly-cited rules one-by-one, discussing which ones have merit and which ones are better ignored.
All this, plus follow-up on Tess Gerritsen’s Gravity lawsuit.
Also, John has a new app in the App Store called Assembler. Find out more in the links below.
- Scriptnotes, 185: Malcolm Spellman, a Study in Heat
- Jiminy Cricket educational serials on Wikipedia
- 87th Academy Awards on Wikipedia
- Scriptshadow’s review of Birdman
- Graham Moore’s speech after winning Best Adapted Screenplay
- Paddy Chayefsky at the 1978 Oscars
- LA Times retracts an incorrect assumption about Graham Moore’s sexuality
- Rashida Jones on the red carpet at the 2015 SAG awards
- Scriptnotes, 183: The Deal with the Gravity Lawsuit
- Tess Gerritsen’s amended complaint
- My Cyborg Ear: How a Surgeon and Titanium Cured My Lifelong Deafness by Adam Clark Estes
- Mike Tyson Mysteries on adult swim
- I’m no fool with a bicycle
- Assembler is in the Mac App Store now
- Outro by Scriptnotes listener Jeff Harms (send us yours!)
UPDATE 3-10-15: The transcript of this episode can be found here.