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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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Oct 30, 2012

Craig and John ret-con the Austin Film Festival, placing themselves on panels in which they didn't participate. It's a chance to give the answers they would have given without the bother of being asked (or listening to other people's opinions).

For example, Terry Rossio's seminar on "The Throw" his term for how you end a scene was presumably terrific. We didn't attend, but it's fun to spitball what we would have said about this interesting and under-discussed aspect of screenwriting.

Other topics discussed this week include:

  • Setiquette
  • Kyle Killen's secret shower
  • Videogame storytelling
  • Amazon Studios
  • Pilots vs. presentations

Happy Halloween, everyone. Stay safe and dry.

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UPDATE 11-2-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Oct 23, 2012

Recording live at the Austin Film Festival, John and Craig take a look at The Black List's pivot to a paid site, and what it means for screenwriters and the industry. Black List creator Franklin Leonard joins us for questions and criticism.

Next, screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada, We Bought a Zoo) joins us to talk about the difference between Movie Stories and A Stack of Scenes. She stays with us to answer live questions from the audience.

Big thanks to both of our guests our first ones ever and to AFF for hosting the event. We had a blast, and hope to do more live events in the future.

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UPDATE 10-25-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Oct 16, 2012

John and Craig discuss Frankenweenie and Superhero! before cracking open the mailbox to answer listener questions: What advice would they give to their younger selves? Is a spec with a similar high-concept premise doomed? Should Australian screenwriters use U.S. spelling conventions?

Then, a discussion of what constitutes a plot hole and to what degree screenwriters are to blame.

After that, two new Three Page Challenge entries. We've received more than 500 of these, which is crazy.

All this and what to name an Amanda Peet character in this week's Scriptnotes. Next week, join us for the the first-ever Scriptnotes Live podcast from the Austin Film Festival.

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UPDATE 10-19-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Oct 9, 2012

In the spirit of Looper, Craig and John take a journey back in time, looking at the first scripts they read, the first scripts they wrote, and the common pitfalls of many first screenplays.

Not only that: they share and critique the first three pages from the very first scripts they wrote.

Does John's romantic tragedy from 1994 show potential? Would Craig keep reading his high-concept comedy from 1995? You can be the judge, because both samples are linked below.

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UPDATE 10-11-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Oct 2, 2012

John and Craig discuss what makes an idea a movie idea, and how those differ from TV ideas, book ideas, and other narrative forms.

Some properties like Charlie's Angels work in more than one medium. We take a few hypothetical projects and explain how they might work as movies.

The conversation then turns to press junkets. Fresh off John's Frankenweenie rounds, we reveal just how the sausage is made when it comes to doing publicity for a movie.

The episode ends with a discussion about David Denby's article from The New Republic, in which he asks the eponymous question: Has Hollywood murdered the movies?

All this, plus Two Cool Things on the 57th episode of Scriptnotes.

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UPDATE 10-4-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

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