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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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Aug 28, 2012

Craig and John celebrate one year of the podcast by going H.A.M. on the passive voice, the present progressive and other reductive nonsense rules.

While you should feel free to split infinitives, we'd strongly recommend you avoid the 100+ lines of really bad dialogue you'll hear far too often in movies. Thanks to Go Into the Story for compiling these.

After that, it's time for six listener questions, on topics ranging from spec scripts 101, overseas copyright, to following up after a chance meeting.

All this and more on the first anniversary episode of Scriptnotes.

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UPDATE 8-30-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Aug 21, 2012

John and Craig answer four listener questions, on topics ranging from scene headers to ticket sales. And which is better for an aspiring screenwriter: a low-level job at a major agency, or a steady 9-to-5 job that allows time to write?

Then it's another round of the Three Page Challenge, with three new samples submitted by brave listeners. Our ongoing thanks to everyone who sent in pages. We have plenty you don't need to send more.

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UPDATE 8-24-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Aug 14, 2012

Screenwriters are often not the healthiest folk. We do our work at computers, surrounded by snacks, so it's no surprise many of us get fat. But it doesn't have to be that way.

This week in the podcast, we talk about how to not be fat. We're not doctors or nutritionists, but we're relatively healthy members of a cohort that is relatively unhealthy, so our advice might point you in useful directions.

Craig lost a ton of weight on a very low calorie diet, supervised by a doctor, and felt it was the only way to hit his healthy target weight. That was several years ago, and he's kept the pounds off through sensible eating and exercise.

For the last eighteen months, John's been eating a slow-carb diet much like that outlined in The 4-Hour Body. It's been remarkably easy to keep up, with its restrictions offset by one cheat day each week.

In addition to the fat talk, we discuss the upcoming WGA Board elections, sumo wrestlers, head tits, Jaclyn Smith and secret e-smoking.

All this in more in the new Scriptnotes.

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UPDATE 8-17-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Aug 9, 2012

John and Craig talk critics, and how trying to anticipate their reviews can cause paralysis.

It's funny how the screenwriter only seems to get mentioned in negative reviews. Well, not funny, actually. Frustrating. And possibly statistically verifiable, so listen in if you're looking for a research project.

Also this week: Craig's insomnia, traffic apps, bake-offs done better, and capitalizing on a big star attachment. Plus fun things you can do in the shower!

All this and more in this slightly-delayed Scriptnotes!

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UPDATE 8-14-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

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