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Jan 19, 2016

Craig and John play “How Would This Be a Movie?” looking at three articles in the news.


A band of pensioners pull off an audacious jewel heist – but is it a Working Title comedy, or something darker? Where does the story begin and end? What’s the MacGuffin?


A researcher investigates sleep paralysis and...

Jan 12, 2016

Craig and John discuss the impact of Star Wars knocking down all the records, both for the industry and big-screen sci-fi.


We also look at yet another start-up that promises to separate hits from flops, the shocking revelation that critics are humans, and three new WGA proposals. Finally, we look at ways to let...

Jan 5, 2016

With Craig out of town, John invites Aline Brosh McKenna and Rawson Marshall Thurber over to discuss three of the best-picture contenders and their unusual scripts. None of them have classic protagonist-antagonist setups, and all three upend expectations of narrative structure. We talk about both how they work and why...

Dec 29, 2015

In preparation for our live show with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, we’re re-running this episode from the Scriptnotes archive.


Craig and John spend the entire episode discussing and dissecting RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, looking at both its structure and scene work.


This amazing and iconic 1981 film established so...

Dec 22, 2015

Doc McStuffins creator Chris Nee joins Craig and John to answer listener questions that have nothing to do with screenwriting.


On the romance side: How do you break up with someone? Should you follow a boyfriend to Boston? Is it better to love or be loved?


On the life side: What lessons did it take until our 40s...