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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 23, 2016

Dana Fox joins John and Craig to discuss her role as both screenwriter and producer of How to Be Single. Like Simon Kinberg and Chris Morgan, Dana is one of a handful of feature writers taking responsibility for delivering not just the script, but the finished movie.

 

We look at how and why she made the transition, and the differences between a feature writer-producer and a TV showrunner. We also discuss the challenges Dana faced in this role, from studio politics to pregnancy, and whether she’d do it again.

 

Our postponed interview with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan is now scheduled as part of a WGF/Nicholls event. Details in the link below.

 

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Feb 19, 2016

On January 12, 2016, Craig sat down with writer/director Adam McKay to talk about his work with Funny or Die and The Big Short.

 

The Big Short co-writer Charles Randolph joins them about half way through the conversation.

 

This conversation happened as part of a Writers Guild Foundation event, so thank you to them for recording the conversation and sharing the audio with us.

Feb 16, 2016

John and Craig look at how to introduce characters in a screenplay – and how to avoid being mocked by a Twitter feed for it. We go back through previous Three Page Challenges and several of the screenplays nominated for awards this year to examine trends and techniques.

 

We also discuss writing two projects at once, and offer follow-up on previous topics including screenwriting software, top–100 lists and our favorite Australians we’ve never met.

 

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Feb 9, 2016

John and Craig examine why almost all of the top-grossing movies are part of a franchise – and the chicken-or-egg question at the heart of it. You don’t get Minions without Despicable Me.

 

We also look at the sale of Final Draft to an accounting software company and speculate wildly about the fate of the company and the state of screenwriting apps.

 

Plus: follow-up on Zola, sleep paralysis and dead scripts.

 

In the premium feed at Scriptnotes.net, you’ll find audio from John’s live panel with the WGA nominees, including Matt Charman, Drew Goddard, Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff, John McNamara, Phyllis Nagy, Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy, and Aaron Sorkin.

 

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Feb 8, 2016

John moderates a panel featuring screenwriting nominees for the 2016 WGA Awards, recorded live on February 4th, 2016.

Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff – STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON  

Aaron Sorkin – STEVE JOBS  

John McNamara – TRUMBO  

Phyllis Nagy – CAROL  

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay – THE BIG SHORT  

Matt Charman – BRIDGE OF SPIES  

Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy – SPOTLIGHT  

Drew Goddard – THE MARTIAN  

We discuss the writers’ relationships with their heroes, the years spent getting the movie to the screen, world-building, and scenes they loved that didn’t make it into the final film.

Thanks to the WGA and the Writers Guild Foundation for making this possible.

Feb 2, 2016

With a live audience in downtown Los Angeles, Craig and John welcome actor/director Jason Bateman to discuss what he looks for when considering a script, and how to best work with a writer on a script.

 

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, co-creators and showrunners of Game of Thrones, join us to reveal the challenges of writing the show so far in advance, working through arguments, and Craig’s secret backstory on the pilot.

 

Screenwriter John Gatins tells us his history with Hollywood Heart, the charity organizing the event. Our thanks to them, our sponsors and everyone who came. The night raised thousands of dollars to help disadvantaged kids across the country experience summer arts camp.

 

You can find more info about Hollywood Heart in the links below.

 

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