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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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Nov 27, 2012

John and Craig talk about everything that comes after the oft-discussed First Three Pages, speculating on the kinds of issues they'd spot if they were looking at full scripts.

They also answer listener questions on topics ranging from proper spacing protocol to novelists rewriting their screenplay adaptations.

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UPDATE 11-29-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Nov 20, 2012

Screenwriters Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein sit down with John and Craig to talk about writing movies, writing television and writing together.

We met at the Austin Film Festival, which is where we recorded this episode. Both John and Craig assumed Abby and Marc were a couple but it's a lot more complicated than that, and any screenwriting teams who have considered sharing more than an ampersand will want to listen to the details.

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UPDATE 11-24-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Nov 13, 2012

Craig and John dive back into the Three Page Challenge entries, along with an overview of the 500+ contenders that have been submitted.

In response to listener curiosity, John and Craig also talk about their recording set-ups, and then follow-up on Star Wars, Karateka and Derek Haas's busy schedule.

All this and more on the 63rd installment of Scriptnotes.

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UPDATE 11-16-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Nov 6, 2012

John and Craig discuss the big movie news of the week: Disney buying Lucasfilm, and with it, the rights to Star Wars.

Everyone's already talked about what it means for fans and stock prices, but what does it mean for screenwriters? It could lead to new jobs creating extensions to the Star Wars universe both in film and television but does the reliance on giant brands make it harder to create the next culturally-defining franchise?

On the topic of new old things, John has his first-ever videogame coming out tomorrow on Xbox: Karateka, a reinvention of Jordan Mechner's seminal fighting game from the 1980s. He talks about the challenges of making an indie game and what his role was as an executive producer.

From there, we answer listener questions. Is it okay to love your own writing? How young is too young to write a screenplay? What can be done about a 212 page script? And what does "going out wide" with a spec script really mean?

All this and more in episode 62 of Scriptnotes.

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UPDATE 11-9-12: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

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