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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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Jun 25, 2013

John and Craig discuss the death of the film industry as foretold by four prominent filmmakers. Is the way we make movies unsustainable? Is the system fundamentally broken, or just changing into something new? And why don't we make romantic comedies anymore?

A big thanks to everyone who bought Scriptnotes t-shirts. They ship starting July 1st, which is coincidentally the date tickets for the live 100th episode taping will go on sale.

This Saturday, June 29th, Craig and John will be part of the Writers Guild Foundation Craft Day, doing a live Three Page Challenge. Join us! Tickets available in the links.

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UPDATE 6-28-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Jun 18, 2013

John and Craig tackle the bursting mailbag, answering listener questions on topics ranging from the variable length of the TV season to underachieving agents to embarrassing IMDb credits.

This Friday, June 21, is the last day to order Scriptnotes t-shirts, so click over to store.johnaugust.com if you want to express your love for the show in screen-printed form.

We'll be mailing out shirts starting July 1st, so you'll have plenty of time to get them broken in for the live 100th episode, July 25th in Hollywood. (Tickets should go on sale July 1.)

But first, you can see us at the Writers Guild Foundation Craft Day, which is Saturday, June 29th. See the links for ticket info.

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UPDATE 6-21-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Jun 11, 2013

John and Craig discuss the polarizing potentate of Deadline Hollywood Daily, then segue into what a healthy entertainment journalism ecosystem might look like.

From there, it's a discussion of Amazon Studios' new storyboarding software, which demos well but isn't likely to change much. It's a good jumping-off spot for talking about storyboarding in general.

Also this week: T-shirts! Live dates!

Official Scriptnotes t-shirts are available in Umbrage Orange and Rational Blue but only until June 21st, so don't delay. You can find them at store.johnaugust.com (or follow the link below).

Two live shows this summer! June 29th and July 25th, both in Los Angeles. Click the links for details.

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UPDATE 6-14-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Jun 4, 2013

Craig and John spend an entire episode discussing and dissecting 1989's THE LITTLE MERMAID, looking at both its structure and scene work.

The first of Disney's modern animated musicals, The Little Mermaid established the template for how these films are supposed to work. While it's not perfect, it's an ideal film for looking at how heroes and villains articulate their goals, and how screenwriters quickly establish a world and its conflicts.

Join us as we discuss useless sharks, lovable dogs and possibly the best I Want song ever written. (And don't underestimate the importance of body language.)

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UPDATE 6-10-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

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