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378: The Worst of the Worst

377: The Second Draft

376: Commencement

374: Real-World Villains

372: No Writing Left Behind

371: Writing Memorable Dialogue

  • John You Might Be the Killer, written by Brett Simmons and Thomas P. Vitale and directed by Simmons, born from this Twitter thread between Chuck Wendig and Sam Sykes.
  • Craig Evercast allows Craig to be in the Chernobyl edit from home

370: Two Things at the Same Time

369: What Is a Movie, Anyway

  • Craig Rusty Lake’s new game, Paradox, with video of actual people
  • Franklin Roma, written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón
  • John Inneresting, a new John August newsletter. You can subscribe here.

368: Advice for a New Staff Writer

367: One Year Later

366: Tying Things Up

365: Craig Hates Dummies

364: Netflix Killed the Video Store

363: Best Popular Screenwriting Podcast

362: The One with Mindy Kaling

361: From Indie to Action Comedy

360: Relationships

359: Where Movies Come From

358: Point of View

  • John Bubble, a podcast by Jordan Morris
  • Craig Alleys, an immersive escape mobile game

357: This Title is an Example of Exposition

356: Writing Animated Movies

355: Not Worth Winning

354: Upgrade

353: Bad Behavior

351: Full Circle

349: Putting Words on the Page

348: All About Family

  • John Choir!Choir!Choir! is a choir in Toronto that meets weekly for drop-in singing events.
  • Craig QTAKE Monitor is an app that lets you watch shots on set from your own device.

347: Conflict of Interest

346: Changing the Defaults

345: Love, Aptaker & Berger

  • Craig Queer Qrosswords rewards your donation to an LBGTQ+ charity with crossword puzzles.
  • John Taking Twitter off your phone while you’re on vacation
  • Elizabeth Not being on one’s phone while waiting for someone
  • Isaac Headspace guided meditation app

344: Comedy Geometry

343: The One with the Indie Producer

342: Getting Paid for It

  • John Champions on NBC, created by Charlie Grandy and Mindy Kaling, directed by Michael Spiller
  • Craig An ambiguously threatening advertisement for British pork from 1984

341: Knowing vs. Discovering

340: What’s the Plan, Anyway?

339: Mostly Terrible People

338: We’re Back, Baby

337: The One with Stephen Schiff

334: Worst Case Scenarios

333: The End of the Beginning

332: Wait for It

331: We Had the Same Idea

328: Pitching Television, or Being a Passionate Widget

327: Mergers and Breakups

325: (Adjective) Soldier

324: All of It Needs to Stop

  • John An interactive piece about Hamilton’s rhyme schemes by Joel Eastwood and Erik Hinton
  • Craig Tens dice game app

322: The Post-Weinstein Era

321: Getting Stuff Written

320: Should You Give Up?

319: Movies Dodged a Bullet

318: Writing Other Things

317: First Day on the Job

316: Distracted Boyfriend Is All of Us

315: Big Screens, Big Money

313: Well, It Worked in the 80s

312: The Magic Word Is In This Episode

310: What’s in the WGA Deal

309: Logic and Gimmickry

308: Chekhov’s Ladder

307: Teaching Your Heroes to Drive

306: DRAMA!

305: Forever Young and Stupid

304: Location Is Where It’s At

303: 75% of Nothing

302: Let’s Make Some Oscar Bait

301: The Addams Family

300: From Writer to Writer-Director

298: How Characters Move

297: Getting the Details Wrong

296: Television with Damon Lindelof

295: The Return of Malcolm

294: Getting the Details Wrong

293: Underground Railroad of Love

292: Question Time

291: California Cannibal Cults

290: The Social Media Episode

289: WGA Negotiations 101

288: Betty, Veronica and Craig

287: Hollywood is Always Dying

286: Script Doctors, Dialogue and Hacks

285: Sinbad and the Sea-Monkeys

283: Director Disorientation

282: The One from Paris

281: Holiday Homeopathy Spectacular

280: Black List Boys Don’t Cry

279: What Do They Want?

278: Revenge of the Clams

277: Fantasy and Reality

276: Mammoths of Mercy

275: English is not Latin

274: Welcome to Gator Country

273: What is a Career in Screenwriting Like?

271: Buckling Down

270: John Lee Hancock

269: Mystery Vs. Confusion

268: (Sometimes) You Need a Montage

267: Dig Two Graves

266: Stranger Things and Other Things

265: Sheep Crossing Roads

264: The One With the Agent

263: Frequently Asked Questions about Screenwriting

262: Tidy Screenwriting

261: Don’t Think Twice

260: Anthrax, Amnesia and Atomic Veterans

259: The Exit Interview

258: Generic Trigger Warning

257: Flaws are features

256: Aaron Sorkin vs. Aristotle

255: New and Old Hollywood

254: The One with the Kates

253: Television Economics for Dummies

252: An Alliance with House Mazin

251: They Won’t Even Read You

250: The One with the Austin Winner

248: Pitching an Open Writing Assignment

246: The One with the Idiot Teamster

245: Outlines and Treatments

244: The Invitation, and Requels

242: No More Milk Money

241: Fan Fiction and Ghost Taxis

240: David Mamet and the producer pass

239: What is good writing?

238: The job of writer-producer

237: Sexy But Doesn’t Know It

236: Franchises and Final Draft

235: The one with Jason Bateman and the Game of Thrones guys

234: The Script Graveyard

233: Ocean’s 77

232: Fun with Numbers

231: Fun with Numbers

229: Random Advice 2015

228: Scriptnotes Holiday Show 2015

227: Feel the Nerd Burn

226: The Batman in the High Castle

225: Only haters hate rom-coms

224: Whiplash, on paper and on screen

223: Confusing, Unlikable and On-The-Nose

222: Live from Austin 2015

221: Nobody Knows Anything (including what this quote means)

220: Writers Rooms, Taxes, and Fat Hamlet

219: The One Where Aline’s Show Debuts

218: Features are different

217: Campaign statements and residual statements

216: Rewrites and Scheduling

215: PG13: Blood, Boobs and Bullcrap

214: Clerks and recreation

213: NDAs and other acronyms

212: Diary of a First-Time Director

211: The International Episode

210: One-Handed Movie Heroes

209: How to Not Be a Jerk

208: How descriptive audio works

207: Why movies have reshoots

206: Everything but the dialogue

205: The One with Alec Berg

204: No one makes those movies anymore

203: Nobody Eats Four Marshmallows

202: Everyman vs. Superman

201: How would this be a movie?

200: The 200th Episode Live Show

199: Second Draft Doldrums

197: How do bad movies get made?

196: The long and short of it

195: Writing for Hollywood without living there

194: Poking the bear

193: How writing credits work

192: You can’t train a cobra to do that

190: This Is Working

189: Uncluttered by Ignorance

188: Midseason Finale

187: The Coyote Could Stop Any Time

186: The Rules (or, the Paradox of the Outlier)

185: Malcolm Spellman, a Study in Heat

184: Go Set a Spider-Man

183: The Deal with the Gravity Lawsuit

182: The One with Rebel Wilson and Dan Savage


180: Bad Teachers, Good Advice and the Default Male

179: The Conflict Episode

178: Doing, not thinking

177: Cutting Pages and Fixing Holes

176: Advice to a First-Time Director

174: Hacks, Transference and Where to Begin

173: The Perfect Reader

172: Franz Kafka’s brother, and the perfect agent

171: Finishing a script, and the Perfect Studio Executive

170: Lotteries, lightning strikes and twist endings

169: Descending Into Darkness

168: Austin Forever

  • John Serial is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life
  • Susannah Birdman is in theaters now

167: The Tentpoles of 2019

166: Critics, Characters and Business Affairs

165: Toxic Perfection Syndrome

164: Guardians of the Galaxy’s Nicole Perlman

162: Luck, sequels and bus money

161: A Cheap Cut of Meat Soaked in Butter

160: A Screenwriter’s Guide to the End of the World

159: The Mystery of the Disappearing Articles

158: Putting a price on it

157: Threshers, Mergers and the Top Two Boxes

155: Two Writers, One Script

154: Making Things Better by Making Things Worse

153: Selling without selling out

152: The Rocky Shoals (pages 70-90)

151: Secrets and Lies

150: Yes, screenwriting is actually writing

  • John James Ward Byrkit’s Coherence
  • Craig Quackwatch is your guide to quackery, health fraud, and intelligent decisions

148: From Debussy to VOD

147: To Chase or To Spec

146: Wet Hot American Podcast

143: Photoplays and archetypes

141: Uncomfortable Ambiguity, or Nobody Wants Me at their Orgy

140: Falling back in love with your script

  • John Monument Valley is available now for iOS, and soon for Android
  • Craig Nomad, makers of Charge Key (and Charge Card)

139: The Crossover Episode

138: The Deal with the Deal

137: Draw Your Own Werewolf

136: Ghosts Laughing at Jokes

135: World-building

134: So Many Questions

132: The Contract between Writers and Readers

131: Procrastination and Pageorexia

130: Period Space

129: The One with the Guys from Final Draft

127: Women and Pilots

126: Punching the Salty Ocean

125: Egoless Screenwriting

122: Young Billionaire’s Guide to Hollywood

121: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend’s Screenwriter

120: Let’s talk about coverage

119: Positive Moviegoing

118: Time Travel with Richard Kelly

117: Not Just Dialogue

116: Damsels in distress

115: Back to Austin with Rian Johnson and Kelly Marcel

114: Blockbusters

113: Not Safe for Children

112: Let me give you some advice

111: What’s Next

109: Scriptnotes Live from New York

  • John Bid now for a Big Fish backstage tour with John and Andrew (and support a Los Angeles public school)
  • Craig Let us know if you’re in Vienna and willing to meet up with Craig
  • Andrew Recette restaurant

108: Are two screens better than one?

107: Talking to actors

106: Two ENTJs walk into a bar (and fix it)

105: Adventures in semi-colons

104: Ender’s Game, one-hours and alt-jokes

103: Disaster Porn, and Spelling Things Out

102: Hits, misses and hedge funds

100: Scriptnotes, the 100th episode

99: Psychotherapy for screenwriters

98: Long movies, producer credits and price-fixing

97: Is 15 the new 30?

95: Notes on the death of the film industry

94: 10 Questions, 10 Answers

93: Let’s talk about Nikki Finke

91: Bechdel and Batman

89: Writing effective transitions

88: Ugly children and cigarettes

87: Moving On is not Giving Up

86: Taking notes

85: Another Time and Place

84: First sale and funny on the page

83: A city born of fire

82: God doesn’t need addresses

81: Veronica Mars Attacks

80: Rhythm and Blues

79: Rigorous, structured daydreaming

78: The Germans have a word for it

77: We’d Like to Make an Offer

75: Villains

74: Three-Hole Punchdrunk

  • John Casting director Pat Moran from The Credits

72: People still buy movies

  • John Starred changes
  • Craig Tesla Model S

71: Unless they pay you, the answer is no

69: Eggnog and Dreadlock Santa

67: The air duct of backstory

66: One-step deals, and how to read a script

65: The Next 117 Pages

63: The Mystery of the Js

62: We’re all Disney princesses now

61: Alt-universe panels

60: The Black List, and a stack of scenes

59: Plot holes, and the myth of perseveraversity

58: Writing your very first screenplay

57: What is a movie idea?

56: Gorilla City and the Kingdom of Toads

55: Producers and pitching

54: Eight Reasonable Questions about Screenwriting

53: Action is more than just gunfights and car chases

52: Grammar, guns and butter

51: Dashes, ellipses and underground monsters

50: How to Not Be Fat

49: Losing sleep over critics

48: Craig dreams of sushi

47: What script should you write?

46: Mistakes development executives make

45: Setting, perspective and terrible numbers

43: Pen Names and Divine Intervention

42: Verbs are what’s happening

41: Getting to page one

40: Death and feedback

39: Littlest Plot Shop

37: Let’s talk about dialogue

36: Writer’s block and other romantic myths

35: The Disney Dilemma