Discussing screenplays in a book club format
3 days ago

Jaws by Peter Benchley | #66

This week, we make some changes to a beloved cartoon mascot, both of us try to stall, and we dive into the water and talk about the fantastic script for the hit 1975 film, Jaws by Peter Benchley!

Things to Consider:

  1. Crafting antagonists
  2. Building suspense
  3. Realizing a town

Matt's Thing: Burnt Drive by Loudar

Hunter's Thing: New York Times Spelling Bee

Next week's screenplay: A Boy's Life (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial) by Melissa Mathison

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10 days ago

Avatar by James Cameron | #65

This week, we have a sudden realization about slushies, talk about our recent food innovations, and we break into one of the highest grossing movies ever as we discuss James Cameron's Avatar!

Things to Consider:

  1. Peace vs. power
  2. Building a world
  3. How to write a love story

Matt's Thing: Won't You Be My Neighbor

Hunter's Thing: Sea of Rust by C. Robert Gargill

Next week's screenplay: Jaws by Peter Benchley

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17 days ago

Prime Directive (Transformers) by John Rogers | #64

This week, Matt and Hunter come up with a new chicken wing, we discuss ideas for a top ten podcast, and we start our summer blockbuster month by reading John Rogers' script for Prime Directive, more familiarly known as 2007's Transformers!

Things to Consider:

  1. A cast of characters
  2. Converging on a point
  3. Sitting down to write a movie

Matt's Thing: Love

Hunter's Thing: Jurassic World: Evolution

Next week's screenplay: Avatar by James Cameron

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24 days ago

The Lion King by Irene Mecchi & Jonathan Roberts | #63

This week, we pose a new idea for Jurassic Park, we embrace our millennial culture talking about awards, and then we do our best not to sing along to any songs found in Irene Mecchi & Jonathan Roberts' script for The Lion King!

Things to Consider:

  1. Writing for children
  2. Any, and then he grew up
  3. Sequences
  4. Songs!

Matt's Thing: Caliphate

Hunter's Thing: Bookshelf by jizue

Next week's screenplay: Prime Directive (Transformers) by John Rogers

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a month ago

The Number 23 by Fernley Phillips | #62

This week, we talk about our dream jobs as kids, Hunter discovers the true meaning of a common road sign, and we start seeing this dang number everywhere while we discuss Fernley Phillips' script for The Number 23!

Things to Consider:

  1. A book within a movie
  2. Where it all began
  3. Paranoia as a curse

Matt's Thing: Hereditary (Just go see it...trust us)

Hunter's Thing: Like Stories of Old

Next week's screenplay: The Lion King by Irene Mecchi and Jonathan Roberts

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a month ago

Child's Pose | SPBC Writers' Room #1

This is the first episode of our monthly movie-pitching bonus episodes! As a starter trial, the first episode is free to the public! But from now on, bonus episodes are available with our $3 tier on Patreon or a recurring Pinecast tip!

This month, we make a film about a space yogi. You don't want to miss out on this crazy storyline.

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a month ago

Manchester by the Sea by Kenneth Lonergan | #61

This week, we yell at some crows, Matt wants to incorporate airport rules to real life, and we take a deep dive into Kenneth Lonergan's screenplay for Manchester by the Sea.

Things to Consider:

  1. The in-betweeners
  2. The unlikeable protagonist
  3. Talking over one another

Matt's Thing: Wizard of Legend

Hunter's Thing: Knights of Pen and Paper

Next week's screenplay: The Number 23 by Fernley Phillips

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a month ago

Game Night by Mark Perez | #60

This week, Hunter talks about his Segway experience, we riff on a really bad idea, and we kinda sorta continue game month by reading the script for Game Night by Mark Perez!

Things to Consider:

  1. Who are you writing for?
  2. Single-minded focus
  3. The game of life

Matt's Thing: Bill Wurtz

Hunter's Thing: Upgrade

Next week's screenplay: Manchester by the Sea by Kenneth Lonergan

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2 months ago

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time by Jordan Mechner | #59

This week, Hunter mixed two drinks that shouldn't be mixed and we wrap up video game adaptation month! We read Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time by Jordan Mechner and we discuss how video game scripts work or don't work.

Things to Consider:

  1. Non-actionable action
  2. Writing a movie
  3. The beginning is the end is the beginning

Matt's Thing: Dérives (Remixes) by Jumo

Hunter's Thing: Magic Maze

Next week's screenplay: Game Night by Mark Perez

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2 months ago

Super Mario Bros. by Parker Bennett & Terry Runté | #58

This week, we talk about backyard sports, how Matt only owns 2 shirts, and we take a Warp Pipe into Parallel Manhattan as we discuss the buckwild 1993 adaptation of Super Mario Bros. written by Parker Bennett & Terry Runté.

Things to Consider:

  1. Setting up an adventure
  2. Rated M for Mature
  3. Changing the game

Matt's Thing: Empower

Hunter's Thing: In Eternal Lines by I Am Waiting for You Last Summer

Next week's screenplay: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time by Jordan Mechner

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2 months ago

Splinter Cell by Stuart Beattie | #57

This week, we talk about how Christopher Nolan directs a movie, we have a role call, and we discuss the problematic adaptation of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, written by Stuart Beattie!

Things to Consider:

  1. America vs. everyone else
  2. Hitman with a heart
  3. Building out the cast

Matt's Thing: Journaling with Day One

Hunter's Thing: Barry on HBO

Next week's screenplay: Super Mario Bros. by Parker Bennett & Terry Runté

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