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Screenplay Book Club

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What do your favorite movies look like on paper? Do characters still read well without the actors behind them? Does the action read clear? Does the story even 'story' well?! Matt Dernlan and Hunter Rising ask all these questions and more each week on Screenplay Book Club. Every Thursday, the two amateur screenwriters break down a film script for its themes, principles, and a few things to consider all while peppering in jokes along the way.

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I don't understand book clubs in general

...but I DO understand the appeal of this podcast.
It's all I want in a book club: I don't have to talk if I don't have anything to say (and yet I get to talk back as much as I want without offending), don't have to prove I read the book/screenplay, don't have to be wearing Ann-Taylor-y business casual khakis, and nobody judges how much wine I drink. (So far I've only listened to this podcast sober, which is another point in its favor.) Even better, it's a book club about movies and television and writing, all subjects I've gravitated toward -- more than toward the kind of novels that might have 30-page "reading guides" hidden by redesigned covers that make milk toast seem like an exciting breakfast option -- in recent years.
(I've gotten so into watching TV and movies, in fact, that I have a master's degree in it. So you know I know what I'm talking about, because I paid someone to let me get a qualification in it.)
Matt and Hunter have an easy-going banter that remains structured and succinct, which is a truly hard balance to strike. Their cold opens lead me right into the next episode, which is how I've managed to listen to 3 in a row without stopping to switch to other podcasts in my queue as I'd intended...but the fact that I made it through the first one isn't due to that particular "en media res" neat trick for hooking me; it's because Matt and Hunter are genuinely likeable and thoughtful (but not pedantic) people who clearly like to talk about screenplays (but not too pedantically). The episodes are a great length for covering the material without belaboring the points.
The screenplays they've talked about so far are mostly ones that I like, a few that I hate, and some I'm pretty "meh" about -- another hard balance to strike, and one that promises to pull me into hate-reading screenplays of hateable movies (I'm looking at you, A Walk To Remember) and form new opinions about ones I was neutral on (let's see what you've got, 40-Year-Old Virgin). The span of genres is nice, and the dips into themes (like the pilot season episodes, where TV screenplays are discussed, or the October horror run) are also much appreciated as a chance to look closer at specific genres and their tropes.
I started listening to this podcast on no recommendations, pretty much at random -- I don't know either of the hosts personally, and as far as I know they have no information on me that could blackmail me to write a review -- and I don't regret taking a risk on it at all. Now you who are reading this can listen to this podcast on MY recommendation. (Send any regrets you experience as a result of my review to the Nihilist Podcast Network podcast, where we will eat them for our non-milk-toast-y breakfast.)
Thanks, Matt and Hunter. I look forward to seeing what screenplays you cover next!
-Alicia from NPN.

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  • Category: TV & Film
  • Language: English

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