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Screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin discuss screenwriting and related topics in the film and television industry, everything from getting stuff written to the vagaries of copyright and work-for-hire law.
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Jun 26, 2012

This week, John is a bit under the weather, so Craig takes over moderator duties as they tackle four listener questions:

➤ When you spec a script based on a producer's idea, who owns it?

➤ And on that topic, do producers ever really buy an idea?

➤ How much divine intervention or other coincidence can a movie support?

➤ How do pen names work for screenwriters?

In follow-up, Clive Barker is writing but not directing that Amazon Studios project. John regrets the error. And in verb-related news, metal can't pound, but it can pound flat, oddly enough.

All this and two cool things in this week's Scriptnotes.

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UPDATE 6-28-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Jun 19, 2012

This week's episode finds Craig and John answering questions about agent etiquette, business cards and those troubling rewrites that unravel everything.

From there, John goes on a small tirade about weak verbs and Dungeons and Dragons-style scene description. Good writing: It's not just for novelists.

There's some language geekery as well, with a look at the hidden micro-classes of verbs that prevent a reasonable speaker from saying things like, "Whisper Tom the joke."

All this and more in the 42nd installment of Scriptnotes.

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UPDATE 6-21-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Jun 12, 2012

On the 41st Scriptnotes, John and Craig discuss screenwriting software, knowing when to start, and the Game of Thrones finale. But before moving on to new business, they update us on two topics of podcasts past.

Last we heard about Disney and Amazon Studios, there was a vacancy atop the former, and the latter had decided to become a WGA signatory. Now, Disney has hired Alan Horn as chief, and Amazon has announced its first project but with no mention of the writer.

After they weigh in on these new developments, John tells us about the pros and cons of writing his most recent script in Scrivener, which opens up into a larger discussion about where screenwriting software seems to be heading.

Craig and John then adress a common frustration of beginning screenwriters: How do you know when you're ready to move from the planning phase onto page 1? Diving into a script too quickly is a recipe for second-act problems, but overplanning can be just as dangerous. Where's the sweet spot? What must you know about your story before you start, and how much familiarity is overkill?

They then move onto a listener-requested discussion of the Game of Thrones season finale, plus this week's two One Cool Things.

Rawson Marshall Thurber, enjoy this Google alert made specially for you, courtesy of episode 41 of Scriptnotes.

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UPDATE 6-14-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Jun 5, 2012

Craig and John talk about Craig's decision to abandon his once-bustling blog, while John weighs the pros and cons of comments and community.

How important is feedback? The Scriptnotes podcast gets overwhelmingly positive reviews 99% are five stars but how much of that is helpful or constructive?

We also go into follow-up about The Death of Screenwriting (as a career) and announce the first-ever Scriptnotes Live podcast, coming this October at the Austin Film Festival.

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UPDATE 6-7-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

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