A podcast about the first-draft secrets behind great movies. Each episode, the screenwriter behind a beloved film shares with us their initial screenplay for that movie. We then talk through what changed, what didn’t and why on its journey to the big screen. Hosted by Al Horner and produced by Kamil Dymek.
Edward Scissorhands with Caroline Thompson
This week we’re welcoming back the wonderful Caroline Thompson, who joined us a few weeks ago to discuss her script for The Nightmare Before Christmas. Today, we’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of her much beloved debut – Edward Scissorhands....
Zodiac with James Vanderbilt
This week we’re joined by the excellent James Vanderbilt, screenwriter of the 2007 David Fincher thriller, Zodiac. James has had an impressively eclectic Hollywood career: on top of writing action adventures like White House Down, detective comedies...
10 Things I Hate About You with Karen McCullah and Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith
Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith and Karen McCullah are the writers behind the timeless high school comedy 10 Things I Hate About You. Released in 1999, their Gil Junger-directed teen reworking of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew had it all: big laughs, blossoming...
The Nightmare Before Christmas with Caroline Thompson
In this very special Halloween episode of Script Apart, we step inside the ghoulish, gothic holiday musical that’s enchanted millions worldwide since its release in 1993. We’re talking of course about The Nightmare Before Christmas – the timeless,...
John Wick with Derek Kolstad
Derek Kolstad is the writer responsible for one of the biggest action franchises in cinema today. 2014’s John Wick was a gripping neo-noir revenge flick that saw Keanu Reeves play a retired assassin grieving the loss of his wife. When a chance encounter...
The Simpsons Movie with Al Jean
This week’s guest is Al Jean, long-time showrunner of The Simpsons and co-writer of 2007’s The Simpsons Movie. Homer, Lisa, Bart, Marge and Maggie’s big-screen debut was a long time in the making. By 2007, The Simpsons had been a global sensation for...
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The secret to the success of Script Apart is that Al Horner really knows his stuff. The Fighting With My Family episode was such an interesting listen having loved the film, diving back into the thought process of writer Stephen Merchant. Recommended.
Great concept. Poor execution.
The ideas and content that go into this podcast are undeniably brilliant, surely a lot of thought, consideration and love for screenwriting. Great. I wish the same consideration was made with the presenter. Nasally, awkward and unnatural. No charm. No charisma. No raport. No fun, whatsoever. The whole thing is BTEC as heck, with the mixing being all over the place, over eq’d and compressed. Just get someone else to talk. Please.
Entertaining & fascinating
Only just discovered Script Apart and already I think it’s a must-listen for all screenwriters (and arguably for film fans too!). Al asks great questions of great subjects, and the result is a hugely interesting, inspiring and entertaining listen. Keep up the good works guys! 😀👍