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Write That Shit Down
57 minutes | May 11, 2021
S1 E36 - Season 1 Finale and We're Out of Gak! (The Salton Sea)
Ben and Dan wrap up Season 1 with the final points on their rewrite process. Then they tease a bit about the next season and next movie they plan to write. Then they talk about the 2002 film The Salton Sea, written by Tony Gayton. A great movie about revenge starring Mike Dlugiewicz himself, Val Kilmer!
64 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
S1 E34 - Penultimate Episode and The Two Youts (My Cousin Vinny)
Ben and Dan are wrapping up the rewrites of their movie Hinterlands. They discuss the plans to finish things with a hard deadline of end of May. They will have one more episode this season and then on to the next movie. On the second half of the episode they compare the 1992 comedy move, My Cousin Vinny to the screenplay written by Dale Laurner. Enjoy!
64 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Sn1 Ep33 - Rewrites Galore and Kings To You (The Count of Monte Cristo)
Ben and Dan are still rewriting, this is taking forever! They talk about the need to beef up the James Boyd story line and redo the entire section of Sarah and Peter working in California. Then they talk about the 2002 revenge classic, The Count of Monte Cristo written by Jay Wolpert. Also time is an illusion. Enjoy!
73 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
S1 E32 - Second Act Rewrite and Sell Me This Pen (The Wolf Of Wall Street)
Ben and Dan discuss the continued rewrites of the rest of the first and into the second act. They talk about building up more storylines and removing scenes that just drag on. Then they talk about the 2013 movie Wolf Of Wall Street written by Terrance Winter. An amazing film that portrays the life and times of a money addict.
63 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
S1 E31 - Mas Rewrites and I Didn't Kill My Wife (The Fugitive)
Ben and Dan discuss the first 30 pages that they have rewritten. They also touch on an interesting option to have a huge plot hole that is sorted out in the second movie. Then they discuss the 1993 thriller, The Fugitive written by David Twohy.
63 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
S1 E30 - Rewrite Plan and Needle Nosed Ned (Groundhog Day)
Ben and Dan talk about the rewriting process they are about to embark on. They will be able to fix any plot holes by taking things scene by scene over the next few months. Then the boys talk about the 1993 comedy classic, Groundhog Day written by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis.
51 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
S1 E29 - First Draft Done and It's So Fetch (Mean Girls)
Ben and Dan are all done with their first draft! Clocking in at 126 pages this thing is a real mess. Now the work of re-writing starts. Then the boys talk about the 2004 teen comedy, Mean Girls written by Tina Fey. It's so fetch.
58 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
S1 E28 - More Fricken Pages and A Dream Within A Dream (Inception)
Ben and Dan discuss even more pages. This first draft is nearly done and they talk about re-writing to tighten things up. Then they discuss the 2010 mind bender, Inception written and directed by Christopher Nolan. Elliot Page is referenced, when Ben and Dan are referring to "she" this is the character in the movie not the actor.
56 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
S1 E27 - In The Third Act and I Drink Your Milkshake (There Will Be Blood)
Ben and Dan continue to work through the first draft and add another 8 pages. They discuss a new style approach for linear progressions. Then the boys breakdown the 2007 period piece, There Will Be Blood written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
54 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
S1 E26 - 100 Pages and Yippie Ki-Yay (Die Hard)
Ben and Dan talk about the next 10 pages bringing them to 100 pages total. They talk about a few key plot holes they will close up and how the final bit of the second act and the third act will go. Then they talk about the 1988 Christmas action flick, Die Hard written by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza. This movie still holds up. RIP Alan Rickman.
39 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
S1 E25 - Where's The Drama and Did You Hear That (Elf)
Ben and Dan continue to work through the first draft. This episode they talk about Sarah and Peter agreeing to work with James Boyd and how to pump up the drama in future re-writes. Then they talk about the 2003 Christmas comedy, Elf written by David Berenbaum. Turns out they both think it is ok.
51 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
S1 E24 - Mystery Tech and You Little Jerk (Home Alone)
Ben and Dan discuss more pages of their second act of the first draft. Now at 75 out of 140 pages. They touch on the elephant in the room, the tech that holds everything together. Then they discuss the 1990 Christmas classic, Home Alone, expertly written by John Hughes. The family movie with out the family.
53 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
S1 E23 - 20 More Pages and Huge Friggin Guy (The Boondock Saints)
Ben and Dan talk through the next 20 pages of their screenplay. In order to keep with the 02/21 deadline they need to write 2 pages a day. They talk about some pivotal scenes and dialogue that needs to still be flushed out. Then they pivot to discuss the 1999 cult classic The Boondock Saints written and directed by Troy Duffy.
49 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
S1 E22 - It's Boring and Billy Mac (Love Actually)
Ben and Dan continue to discuss their film. They have 40 pages completed which ultimately will be parsed down to 10 or 15. There is a ton of filler and Ben thinks it is becoming boring to even write it out. First draft is always junk. The boys set a deadline to complete the first draft by the end of February 2021. Then the boys pivot and discuss the 2003 Christmas comedy, Love Actually written and directed by Richard Curtis.
52 minutes | Nov 22, 2020
S1 E21 - Peter's New School and Corporate Accounts Payable (Office Space)
Ben and Dan continue with writing the first act of their movie. The protagonist, Peter, is sent to a boarding school after a horrific accident. He needs to find his way and get the spark to continue studying. They discuss the importance of getting things on paper and revising later. Then they discuss the 1999 cult comedy film, Office Space. This films is brilliantly written and directed by Mike Judge.
67 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
S1 E20 - Car Crash and See About A Girl (Good Will Hunting)
In this episode the boys talk about the tragic car crash that kills two of the friends. This first draft version will no doubt be re-written. This sets the stage for Peter's journey through academia as he is then sent to boarding school. From there to MIT to meet Sarah, the love of his life. Then the boys pivot to discuss the 1997 hit movie Good Will Hunting written by and starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. This is an amazing movie that stands the test of time.
76 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
S1 E19 - More Pages and We Got Made (Heat)
Ben and Dan discuss more pages they have written of their movie, Hinterlands. They touch on the timeline paradox and a potential way to address it. Then they talk about the 1995 movie Heat, written and directed by Michael Mann. This crime thriller stars Robert De Nero, Al Pacino, and Val Kilmer.
62 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
S1 E18 - Second 7 Pages and Denver, Gorgeous (Old School)
Ben and Dan continue working through their screenplay. This episode they focus on the second seven pages. They realize the the pacing is lagging and the dialogue seems forced. In the future during revisions they will be able to tighten things up. Then they discuss the 2003 comedy movie, Old School written by Todd Phillips and Scot Armstrong. A classic movie that the boys quote all the time.
71 minutes | Oct 25, 2020
S1 E17 - First 7 Pages and Bright Boy Alert (True Lies)
Ben and Dan discuss the first seven pages of their screenplay. They discuss the pacing and the future revisions and the importance of setting up a routine to write. Then they discuss the 1994 action film True Lies, written by James Cameron. Top five movie of all time for both of them.
59 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
S1 E16 - Act 2.5 & 3 Scenes and Does Your Mother Sew (Joe Dirt)
Ben and Dan spend a bit of time talking about the second half of the second act, Act 2.5 and then Act 3 scenes. They discuss the tech challenge with explaining the critical point of their movie. Moving forward they will start the actual writing process, which they have put off for over 4 months. Then they discuss the 2001 movie Joe Dirt, written by David Spade and Fred Wolf. This ridiculous comedy is a classic and one the boys quote often.
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