Ep. 434 – mother! (GUEST: Andy Signore from Screen Junkies)


This week, DavidJeff, and Devindra discuss this year’s Emmy wins, ponder the commitment of American Vandal to the bit, and offer their interpretations of Darren Aronofsky’s mother!. Special guest Andy Signore joins us from Screen Junkies.

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Zero Draft Thirty 2017 September Challenge: Day 19

One month. FADE IN to FADE OUT. Creativity meets Productivity.

Zero Draft Thirty: Day 19.

Write an entire draft of a script in September — FADE IN. FADE OUT. Or any sort of creative goal you have in front of you.

Feature length movie screenplay. Original TV pilot. Rewrite a current project. Break a story in prep. Generate a month’s worth of story concepts.

Whatever you feel will ratchet your creative ambitions into overdrive…


To download your very own Zero Draft Thirty calendar — created by Trish Curtin — and track your daily progress, click here.

On Twitter, use this hashtag: #ZD30SCRIPT.

Facebook: Here. 2,400+ members strong.

Today’s Writing Quote

“Audiences go to movies to feel. When the movie becomes too mechanical instead of organic, audiences detach from the film.”

— Simon Kinberg

Today’s Inspirational Poem

A Spiral Notebook

By Ted Kooser

The bright wire rolls like a porpoise
in and out of the calm blue sea
of the cover, or perhaps like a sleeper
twisting in and out of his dreams,
for it could hold a record of dreams
if you wanted to buy it for that
though it seems to be meant for
more serious work, with its
college-ruled lines and its cover
that states in emphatic white letters,
a part of growing old is no longer
to have five subjects, each
demanding an equal share of attention,
set apart by brown cardboard dividers,
but instead to stand in a drugstore
and hang on to one subject
a little too long, like this notebook
you weigh in your hands, passing
your fingers over its surfaces
as if it were some kind of wonder.

I love this poem. It’s a poem for writers. The tactile experience of writing, reflective of the magic and wonder of something emerging from nothing.

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Come back later to find out who is today’s Trumbo Award winner.

For background on how the Zero Draft Challenge came into being and what it is, go here, here, and here.

Now Zeronauts, Scamperers, Word Warriors, and Outlaws…


UPDATE: I’m a late night writer myself nowadays, so simply can’t wrap my head around early rising writers (I’m much more likely to stay up until 4:30AM rather than get up at that time). So when I saw this tweet, I figured it was worth rewarding:

For that type of dedication, the recipient of today’s Trumbo Award is Colleen!


Zero Draft Thirty 2017 September Challenge: Day 19 was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Writing Other Things

John and Craig welcome back Aline Brosh McKenna to talk about writing projects outside the familiar constraints of screenwriting.

We discuss the surprises and adjustments involved in the creative processes of different media: Aline’s graphic novel Jane, Craig’s HBO miniseries Chernobyl, and John’s original song, “Rise.” We also dig into why screenwriters sometimes need to be amateurs again.

Then we answer listener questions about making fair deals as someone in a different country, and how best to read one’s script before rewriting.


Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.


Here’s how to help Mexico after another deadly earthquake


A devastating 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck near Mexico City on Tuesday, killing at least 139 people.

With power and phone lines down, people are having trouble getting in touch with loved ones. To make matters more stressful, the country was already recovering from an earthquake that hit less than two weeks ago.

Instead of feeling hopeless in the face of the destruction, here’s how you can help earthquake victims. 

Donate what you can

Organizations like UNICEF Mexico are looking for monetary donations. 

There’s a big need for clothes, water, and food. Giving to places like the Red Cross Mexico, Oxfam Mexico, and Save the Children Mexico is a way to get resources flowing. Smaller nonprofits like Project Paz are also collecting donations for earthquake relief. Read more…

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Interview: Kelly Marcel

Reprising my Dec. 2013 interview with Saving Mr. Banks screenwriter.

Kelly Marcel is the screenwriter of Saving Mr. Banks and Fifty Shades of Grey. Other projects she has in development include Reunion, Mr. Chartwell, and Cruella.

Kelly Marcel

Here are links to the six installments of the entire interview:

Part 1: “Working in that video store was my education. Nothing is going to teach you structure like watching endless movies and TV shows. Seeing what’s good and why it’s good. Seeing what doesn’t work and figuring out why it doesn’t.”

Part 2: “I loved the idea that this sweet film, this huge part of all of our childhoods, was born out of terrible tragedy. I was taken with the idea of redemption and the effect that our parents can have on us all the way into adulthood.”

Part 3: “I loved it, I wanted to write it, and that was that. It was only afterwards that I thought: ‘Oh fuckitty shitballs! This ain’t EVER getting made.’”

Part 4: “It cannot be said enough that no matter how good anyone thinks a script is, if you don’t have the right director -­- a person who will love it and own it as much as you have up to this point -­- then you are completely screwed.”

Part 5: “I wrote everything I wanted to say, it ran to 17 pages or more and then I cut it down and then I threw it all away and then I started again.”

Part 6: “I’m personally a big fan of knowing what your theme is before starting. I think they can arise as you tell the story, but writing within and for a theme seems to me to help the process along.”

Kelly is repped by WME.

Twitter: @MissMarcel.

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Interview: Kelly Marcel was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Roku might be making its own smart speaker


There could be yet another smart speaker to choose from.

The popular streaming device maker Roku may be building its own competitor to the Amazon Echo. Roku already has some voice-command tech, and some publicly available information suggests its leveraging it to branch out into new projects with advanced audio features. 

First noticed by Variety, Roku has listed open positions that are specific to tying audio with software. For example, Sr. Software Engineer, New Products, Audio (Expert) requires candidates with experience taking «new hardware platforms from prototype to mass production.» Other listings were for applicants with experience with «voice user interface design.» Read more…

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Daily Dialogue — September 19, 2017

Micky: Boxing’s a chess game. I’m gonna pick my punches, take him down. Go head body head body.
Charlene: What is ‘head body head body’?
Micky: I hit him in the head, then his hands have gotta go up to protect himself, that opens up his body, so when I hit him in the body, his hand goes back down, hit him in the head, hand goes back up, him in the body. Ya’ know, people who don’t know fighting think you do a lot of damage in the head, but you do more from the body. So whaddya think? Can I take you out?

The Fighter (2010), screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson, story by Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson & Keith Dorrington

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Bar.

Trivia: Christian Bale got involved, when Mark Wahlberg asked him to take part in the movie. Wahlberg happened to know Bale through their daughters studying in the same elementary school.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Subtext. Head. Body. Head. Body. There is a physicality to the subject matter which translates into some heat between the two characters.

Daily Dialogue — September 19, 2017 was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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On Being a Disruptive Filmmaker

The film and TV industry is changing as we speak. Traditional institutions, financiers, broadcasters, sales agents and distributors are rethinking their models of developing, resourcing, buying and screening films, but changes can be slower than some creative innovators can tolerate.

In this Disruptive Filmmaking article series, we look at new ways independent filmmakers and creative entrepreneurs are simply doing things differently, bucking the system, blazing a maverick trail or creating their own self-directed masterclass to get their media and film projects made and noticed. This isn’t film school. It’s film bootcamp.

We’ll break open recent projects by Raindance members and our postgraduate students, and ask disruptors who’ve made When They Awake produced in association with Raindance Toronto and Western Arctic Movie Pictures, and We Still Risea film documenting the Womens’ March in London, why and how they did it differently. We want to inspire and provoke your complacency about why you make film and media content, how you make it, and who you make it for.

CAVEAT: Not for the feint of heart, those with weak convictions or poor stamina, disruptive filmmaking occasionally involves blood. But speak to any independent film and media creator out there making consistent content year over year on their own terms, and you will meet reflective, confident, energized, creative problem-solvers with a style, purpose and urgency, willing to work within constraints but not willing to compromise on why or how they get there.

No surprise these outliers find Raindance, which has been screening and promoting unique stories through its annual Raindance Film Festival; or they find the Raindance Online Postgraduate Film Degree, where they design their own accredited MA around media projects, build international connections and carve a 21st century career path; or they stumble upon Raindance Hubs in cities around the world like Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles or Berlin. At these training and networking centres filmmakers new and used find their souls, their genre and a fresh local network of support.

If you are an outlier, square peg, disruptor, iconoclast, non-traditionalist or non-represented, no need to explain yourself. Raindance probably has you covered, because you had us at hello.

Making a film within the system is perfectly legitimate, but not immediately accessible to everyone. It’s particularly a tricky first step for those emerging creators just trying to ‘break into the system.’ (How many people did you bump into at TIFF or Cannes this year still applying and waiting and pitching and waiting and trying and waiting…to get their project into production after several years of…well, trying and waiting?)

What are you waiting for?

Traditional systems and funders are by definition, not risk-takers. It’s not their job to take risks. So you or someone else needs to take the first risk on yourself and on your project. If you execute it and it works, no matter how you go about it, guaranteed those funders will be all over you. So think of risk-taking as your own responsibility as a filmmaker, and your risk-strategy, whether it’s how you approach your genre, how you raise finance or build an audience for it,  becomes your own industry audition, de-risking you for future investment by funders.

Access to public funding entails compromises that may or may not be acceptable or synergistic to what you plan to do or how you plan to do it in your maverick film project. So you might want to take a risk and do things in a less structured way.

Stubbornness and a person’s innate desire to do things on one’s own terms is what characterizes innovators. Most of us want it our own way but few of us choose an outlier path.

Recent press for Raindance’s disruptors and independent trailblazers:

When They Awake – Opening Gala Announced; Filmmakers Cross Canada to Celebrate Indiginous Musicians

We Still Rise, Vice; A Documentary in the Works

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Yeah, so here’s Lil Wayne’s weird cover of the ‘Friends’ theme


Feel free to file this in the «unlikeliest covers ever» folder.

Lil Wayne covered the Friends theme song, poking fun at the San Francisco 49ers’ poor start to the NFL season in a promotion for the league’s second week on Fox.

Well, as fans would know the 49ers did indeed go 0-2 with their loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, but the upshot is that we’ve got this utterly bizarre Lil Wayne cover to store in our minds forever.  Read more…

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Superhero Bits: Liam Hemsworth Could Have Been Thor, Justice League Credits Scenes & More

Billy Ray Cyrus Comic Book

Will the Nightwing movie in the works make reference to the character’s past? Did you know Billy Ray Cyrus was once given his own comic book? Is Marvel Comics finally done with the evil Captain America? Will Justice League have any post-credits scenes? Did you know Marvel once wanted Liam Hemsworth to play Thor more than Chris Hemsworth? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Descendants 2 star Sofia Carson guests on Marvel’s Spider-Man on Disney XD as Sandman’s estranged daughter.

Justice League star Ezra Miller apologizes, but The Flash will not have his suit come out of a ring that he wears.

Gotham released a new promo for the fourth season, teasing all sorts of new villain action, now with young Batman.

Chris McKay says the Nightwing movie will have plenty of references to the character’s past as a circus performer.

Justice League Banner

A new Justice League banner appeared on the official site for the movie, but still no sign of Superman‘s return yet.

The latest edition of The Spoiler Room at EW features some new info for Supergirl, Arrow and The Punisher.

Billy Ray Cyrus Comic Book

Never forget that Billy Ray Cyrus once got his own comic book when his song “Achy Breaky Heart” was popular.

The second season of Jessica Jones has officially wrapped production according to the show’s star Krysten Ritter.

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