• Scriptnotes, Ep 225: Only haters hate rom-coms — Transcript https://johnaugust.com/2015/scriptnotes-ep-225-only-haters-hate-rom-coms-transcript

    …l, caring man. One of the most important people in my life. Whenever I hear people using the word dick pejoratively, it hurts me on his behalf. You guys use it a lot especially this [laughs] — that’s the voice of Tess Morris breaking through, not even — Craig: [Laughs] Tess, you’re not even on the show yet. You have to wait for your spot. Tess Morris: I’m sorry. I’m sorry. Craig: I’m glad you’re…

  • Scriptnotes, Ep 272: The Secret Live Show in Austin — Transcript https://johnaugust.com/2016/scriptnotes-ep-272-the-secret-live-show-in-austin-transcript

    …we’re ever going to do. Sorry, John August, but it’s maybe the best show we’ve ever done. By the way, I also — John always says what number episode it is, I have no idea. It’s in the 200s, I believe. To my left, I have Tess Morris, screenwriter of Man Up. Tess Morris: Hi. Craig: Next, we have Phil Hay, screenwriter of Ride Along and Clash of the Titans. Do I need introduce the next person? Malcolm Spellman, writer of Empire. And then last…

  • Scriptnotes, Ep 223: Confusing, Unlikable and On-The-Nose — Transcript https://johnaugust.com/2015/scriptnotes-ep-223-confusing-unlikable-and-on-the-nose-transcript

    …ddard for the Writers Guild Foundation last week. And so that will be up in the feed by the time you hear this. So a good chance to catch up on things you may have missed. Craig: Wonderful. John: All right. Our future guest, Tess Morris, she’s a young woman we met at Austin this year. She’s a friend of Kelly Marcel. She was there with a movie called Man Up, which was having it’s, I guess, North American premier at Austin. But…

  • Scriptnotes, Ep 257: Flaws are features — Transcript https://johnaugust.com/2016/scriptnotes-ep-257-flaws-are-features-transcript

    …say that every film teacher you’ve had is a dope. And that, in fact, what of the things I love about British screenwriters is that they are really good at telling stories. They do like to entertain. Tess Morris. John: Tess Morris. We love Tess Morris. Craig: What a great storyteller. John: Kelly Marcel I’m a fan of as well. Craig: Great storyteller. John: Great storyteller. I would argue that it’s very hard to differentiate…

  • The Secret Live Show in Austin https://johnaugust.com/2016/the-secret-live-show-in-austin

    Craig sits down for a late-night session with screenwriters Katie Dippold, Phil Hay, Tess Morris and Malcolm Spellman to finally answer the question, “How does anyone make it in Hollywood.” Plus questions from the packed audience at the Austin Film Festival. Thanks to our guests, our audience, and our hosts at AFF for a great night. Links: Katie Dippold on IMDB Phil Hay on IMDB Tess Morris on IMDB Malcolm Spellman on IMDB John August on Twitter…

  • Only haters hate rom-coms https://johnaugust.com/2015/only-haters-hate-rom-coms

    John and Craig talk romantic comedies with screenwriter Tess Morris, whose film Man Up is unapologetically part of the genre. We discuss what distinguishes rom-coms from other comedies, and why they get singled out for disdain and death-of articles. Also this week: Amazon Storywriter, overused dicks, and follow-up on Whiplash. Links: Buy your tickets now for the 2015 Scriptnotes Holiday Show on December 9th with guests Riki Lindhome, Natasha…