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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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Mar 26, 2013

Craig is sick and John is in the middle of tech rehearsals, but nothing will stop them from discussing another batch of Three Page Challenges.

This week we look at four entries, including one that Craig likes so much he can't wait to read the whole script. It's an episode chock full of sex, prayers, early-morning beers and Aztecs.

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UPDATE 3-29-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Mar 19, 2013

Craig and John discuss the big Veronica Mars/Kickstarter news in one of the more contentious podcasts to date. If you like umbrage, this is the show for you.

Next up, Highland has finally shipped. The plaintext screenplay editor (and PDF melter) raises questions about the assumption of security-through-laboriousness and the monoculture around Final Draft.

Finally, we discuss three of the points in Emma Coats's Pixar Story Rules that are easy to forget but too important to ignore.

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UPDATE 3-24-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Mar 12, 2013

John and Craig talk homesickness and daddy issues before diving into a discussion on what Rhythm and Hues's bankruptcy means for the film industry and similar scenarios screenwriters might face down the road.

Opening the listener mailbag, we answer questions about shop-around agreements, naming minor characters, filmmaker bios, and "being brilliant."

There's a special Scriptnotes discount code (SCRIPT) for the first few performances of Big Fish in Chicago. In the podcast, I say that you use the code at checkout, but that's wrong: use it in the very first screen at Ticketmaster to unlock the balcony seats at a special $26 rate. (Regularly $70+.)

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UPDATE 3-15-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Mar 5, 2013

Craig and John take a look at an old post that found new life this week when it got picked up on Twitter and Reddit. We go beyond the bullet points to look at the process of writing a scene, from asking the basic questions to getting the words on the page.

  1. What needs to happen in this scene?
  2. What's the worst that would happen if this scene were omitted?
  3. Who needs to be in the scene?
  4. Where could the scene take place?
  5. What's the most surprising thing that could happen in the scene?
  6. Is this a long scene or a short scene?
  7. Brainstorm three different ways it could begin.
  8. Play it on the screen in your head.
  9. Write a scribble version.
  10. Write the full scene.
  11. Repeat 200 times.

Through this lens, we look at three new entries in the Three Page Challenge.

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UPDATE 3-8-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

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