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Scriptnotes Podcast

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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Aug 27, 2013

John and Craig tackle three new entries in the Three Page Challenge, ranging from space drama to killer hookers to brassy defense attorneys. Along the way, they find some awkward scene description and a few misused semi-colons.

The live NYC Scriptnotes show, the one Craig and John said might happen? It will happen: September 23rd at 8pm at New World Stages on 50th. They'll be joined by John's Big Fish collaborator, Andrew Lippa. Ticket info will be available soon, so keep checking back in.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

Aug 20, 2013

John and Craig discuss the impact of author Orson Scott Card's personal toxicity on Ender's Game, and what it means for that movie and how it will this affect studio decisions moving forward.

That, plus alternate jokes, One Cool Things, and a Golden Ticket-inspired discussion on one hour spec pilots.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

Aug 13, 2013

John and Craig discuss Damon Lindelof's interview about how plot stakes have escalated lockstep with budget, perhaps to the point of absurdity.

Then it's a look at why screenwriters get the note to "spell things out," and the situations in which it's okay or troubling to have characters speak story points. Finally, we tackle the media's obsession with Hollywood's demise, and why you never read a story about "what went right."

All this, plus hedge funds, Big Fish discounts and crossword magic in the new Scriptnotes.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

Aug 6, 2013

Craig and John take a look at one investor's campaign against Sony Pictures, and George Clooney's strong reaction. From there, we examine why studios have multiple labels TriStar is back! and how that affects writers.

It's also time for another round of Three Page Challenges. We tackle at three entries, ranging from desert dystopias to urban wastelands to magical westerns.

Many listeners have asked for an easy way to get at all the back episodes. Now you can! We've put all 100 episodes on a custom USB flash drive, both in m4a and mp3 formats, along with transcripts and other stuff. They're available at store.johnaugust.com.

While you're there, you can also find the few remaining Scriptnotes t-shirts. Sizes and quantities are very limited.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

Aug 2, 2013

In this special bonus edition, John and Craig answer listener questions from the 100th episode with help from guests Rawson Thurber and Aline Brosh McKenna.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

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