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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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Jul 30, 2013

John and Craig are joined by Aline Brosh McKenna and Rawson Thurber for the 100th episode of Scriptnotes, recorded live at the Academy Lab in Hollywood. It was a great night with an amazing audience.

We discuss the origins of the show, the rise of the Screenwriter Plus, and that Slate article about Save The Cat! which so many listeners had mentioned. It's such a big show that we're splitting the audience Q&A into a separate episode.

This episode has more swearing than most, so parents beware. You might not want to play it in the car.

Huge thanks to The Academy for the event, sponsored on behalf of the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

Jul 23, 2013

John and Craig sit down with screenwriter-turned-psychotherapist Dennis Palumbo to discuss writer's block, procrastination, partnerships and more. It's a can't-miss episode for aspiring writers and professionals alike.

The live 100th episode of Scriptnotes is this Thursday, July 25th, at the Academy Lab in Hollywood. The event is sold out, but there will probably be a stand-by line. Follow @johnaugust or @clmazin on Twitter for details.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

Jul 16, 2013

John and Craig discuss the Apple ebook price-fixing lawsuit and its lessons for Hollywood, before segueing to the new credits system for producers. Then: Have movies gotten too long, and would making them shorter really save money?

T-shirts. If you ordered one, you should probably have it by now. So if it's not in your hands, email Stuart at orders@johnaugust.com to investigate.

There was confusion about the Golden Ticket. If you got a card saying, "This is the Golden Ticket!" then you have the Golden Ticket. If not, you just have a lovely card with your shirt.

There will probably be a standby line for the Live 100th episode on July 25th in Hollywood. Follow @johnaugust or @clmazin on Twitter for details.

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Jul 9, 2013

Have first acts gotten shorter, or does it just feel that way? John and Craig discuss the pressure on screenwriters to "get to it" faster, and why that's often the wrong goal.

From there, we talk about the WGA's annual numbers, which paint an improving picture for TV writers -- but more bad news for the feature folk. Finally, we discuss the fight over THE BUTLER, and the degree to which studios can protect titles.

Do you make music? If you want to record us a great outro, we'll be featuring some on upcoming episodes. Entries should feature the basic Scriptnotes melody (C3-E-D-B-C4) or its minor cousin, but otherwise it's wide open except for, you know, don't use copyrighted material. Send a link to ask@johnaugust.com pointing to an mp3 or other sound file we can hear. It's an expo, not a competition, so have fun.

If you want to share the Scriptnotes love, don't forget to leave us a rating on iTunes.

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Jul 2, 2013

Live from WGF Craft Day, Craig and John tackle three new Three Page Challenge entries...with the writers on hand!

John and Craig have done quite a few Three Page Challenges over the last 90-or-so episodes, but never with the writers themselves present. In this episode, everything changes.

Recorded live at the Writers Guild Foundation's Craft Day, we talk empty claws and doe-eyed paranoia with four young screenwriters brave enough to not only send in their pages, but have them critiqued in front of a live audience. It was a fun session, and included live audience questions.

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UPDATE 7-6-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

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