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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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Feb 26, 2013

Craig and John take a look at the class-action suit over Hollywood's unpaid interns, then discuss envy and jealousy and other unproductive emotions.

 

Hollywood interns aren't essential, but internship has a long tradition in the industry. This lawsuit could change things dramatically but will it change it for better or worse?

 

Envy is rampant among aspiring writers, but it never really goes away. It's not altogether a bad thing seeing what's possible can give you a kickstart. But when it consumes too many brain cycles, it's worth addressing.

 

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Feb 19, 2013

John and Craig discuss spec scripts, pitches and how it feels when your movie gets brutal reviews.

First up, an article by Margaret Heidenry in Vanity Fair tracks the history of spec script sales, going all the way back to Preston Sturges. We talk about the 90s bubble, and what's changed.

Next, we discuss what a screenwriter needs to do in that last few hours before a pitch including the drive over.

Finally, Craig talks about what it feels like when the movie you wrote does huge business, but you as the writer get singled out for harsh criticism.

In our One Cool Things, John admires Dungeon World, a newish RPG that radically simplifies the D&D mechanic, while Craig foresees the next big weight-loss drug.

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UPDATE 2-22-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Feb 12, 2013

Aline Brosh McKenna joins John and Craig for a conversation about what writers mean by a "voice," and how it develops.

For some screenwriters, their voice develops long before their craft, leading people to label them as "promising" even though the scripts themselves are a mess. Other writers get all the technical stuff right from the start, but have a hard time finding something distinctive about how they write.

From there, we segue into a look at three new Three Page Challenges, easily our most contentious session yet, with wildly split opinions.

All this and Craig's confession in the new episode of Scriptnotes.

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UPDATE 2-17-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Feb 5, 2013

John and Craig give heroes the week off and talk bad guys. Not every movie needs a villain, but if you have one, he better be good.

Also this week, follow-up on Courier Prime, John's TV pilot, and most importantly Craig's movie Identity Thief, which hits theaters this weekend.

In our One Cool Things, John talks up Gillian Flynn's terrific but tough-to-adapt Gone Girl, while Craig wants fewer dead athletes.

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UPDATE 2-9-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

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