Free-Agent Franchises

Scriptnotes: Ep. 297
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Craig and John investigate the future of the 007 franchise, script-reading robots, and the realities of overhauling a movie in the editing room.

We also look at another How Would This Be a Movie idea turning into reality.

The live show at ArcLight is a week away and tickets are almost sold out. Get yours now!

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.


Television with Damon Lindelof

Scriptnotes: Ep. 296
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John sits down with Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) for a bonus-length discussion of all things TV.

We focus on getting that first job, breaking story, and how writing rooms work. We also answer listener questions ranging from knowing when to let a pilot script die, to crediting original ideas.

Finally, we talk about the notion of Idea Debt, and how to say goodbye to projects you’ll never complete.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 4-24-17: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


We’re voting yes. But.

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In this special mini-episode, John and Craig talk through the upcoming WGA strike authorization vote — what it actually means, and why they’re both voting yes.

Voting begins Tuesday in person, and Wednesday online.

We also discuss how strike authorization votes are a strange bit of negotiation theater, which Craig in particular would like to see end.

Links:

You can download the episode here.


The Return of Malcolm

Scriptnotes: Ep. 295
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Malcolm Spellman returns to help us answer a bunch of listener questions, including the most important one: what’s Malcolm up to? (Warning! Adult language.)

Along the way, topics include sex on screen, bad managers, and thanking the writer.

Tickets for the live show are now sale! Visit Hollywood Heart to get yours.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 4-19-17: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


On not reading reviews

Amanda Peet has a terrific piece in the NY Times about why she doesn’t read reviews, and how strange it feels when rest of the world knows something you don’t:

The morning after we opened, nobody called me. When I talked to my mom, she sounded like a cheerful acquaintance who isn’t sure if she’s allowed to know about your terminal cancer diagnosis. My agent said he was coming down with something and had to get off the phone. As I made my way to the theater, every newsstand I passed was a test of my resolve. I felt like a reformed gambler who had been air dropped onto the Vegas strip.

I don’t read reviews either, but I’ve made a compromise: my husband reads them and gives me the gist.

At least for me, this strikes a helpful balance where I’m not paralyzed by the actual criticism or the imagined criticism.


Getting the Details Wrong

Scriptnotes: Ep. 294
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Craig and John discuss chess, bad news, baseball, God, and screenwriting competitions.

We also share exciting news about the live show, now scheduled for May 1st in Hollywood.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 3-28-17: The transcript of this episode can be found here.