John and Craig discuss how screenwriters use irony to build tension and texture, and why the term should be freed from its pedantic literary shackles.
Then it’s another round of the Three Page Challenge, where we look at the first three pages of listener-submitted scripts ranging from multidimensional ghost stories to erotic pleasure principles. We also follow up on ethical female characters and why Craig left Twitter.
Finally in our bonus segment for premium members, we discuss money and the return on happiness.
- Irony and cosmic irony
- Three Page Challenge: Echopraxia or an Interdimensional Coming of Age Ghost Story by J Vernon Reha
- Three Page Challenge: The Little Death by Autumn Palen
- Three Page Challenge: Chula Vista by Kristen Delgado
- Thank you to all of our Three Page Challenge submissions! Apply here to be considered for our next round.
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UPDATE 2-5-21 The transcript for this episode can now be found here.