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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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Jan 29, 2013

Craig and John discuss a new report that tallies spec script sales for 2012 with the reminder that selling a spec isn't necessarily the most important thing for new writers.

After some follow-up on last week's Raiders episode, we crunch the numbers on our listener survey and discuss the genesis of Courier Prime, the typeface all the best scripts will be sporting in 2013.

Finally, we tackle reader questions on topics ranging from Facebook connections to "just checking in."

All this and many suggestions for hole-punching in this week's Scriptnotes.

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UPDATE 2-1-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Jan 22, 2013

Craig and John spend the entire episode discussing and dissecting RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, looking at both its structure and scene work.

This amazing and iconic 1981 film established so much of what we expect of out movie heroes and set pieces but a lot of what it does would have a hard time getting through modern studio development. Five-minute exposition scenes! Nazi monkeys! Helpless heroes at the climax!

And yet it works so well. There are great lessons to be learned for screenwriters in every genre.

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UPDATE 1-25-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Jan 15, 2013

With last week's news that home video stopped its free-fall and actually grew a little bit in 2012, John and Craig discuss whether studios might ease off on one-step deals and other development austerity measures.

But while one bloodbath has been averted, this week's batch of Three Page Challenges is particularly gruesome but also pretty good.

Craig is too stubborn to admit that John's workflow for generating both starred and clean PDFs is vastly smarter and better, but since John writes these episode blurbs, he gets the last word. Victory!

John also has a shocking announcement that changes everything: He's become a single-spacer.

All this plus Craig's encomium to his new car in this week's Scriptnotes.

SPECIAL NOTE: We'd love to know a bit more about you, so if you could please answer a few questions at johnaugust.com/survey, we'd be super-grateful.

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UPDATE 1-18-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Jan 8, 2013

John and Craig return from the holidays to look at the WGA nominations, the perennially high costs of movies, scene headers and acceptable fonts for treatments.

Two reader questions ask how to get career stuff started before an LA move. Are any of the contests worth the bother? Does a great review on the Black List open doors for a writer living in Jerusalem?

Also discussed: resolutions, accepting long time horizons, and not counting chickens.

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UPDATE 1-10-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Jan 1, 2013

Craig and John start the year with a look back at three very early episodes not currently on iTunes, discussing outlines, agents and the Good Boy Syndrome.

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UPDATE 1-6-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

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