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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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Sep 19, 2017

John and Craig welcome back Aline Brosh McKenna to talk about writing projects outside the familiar constraints of screenwriting.

We discuss the surprises and adjustments involved in the creative processes of different media: Aline’s graphic novel Jane, Craig’s HBO miniseries Chernobyl, and John’s original song, “Rise.” We also dig into why screenwriters sometimes need to be amateurs again.

Then we answer listener questions about making fair deals as someone in a different country, and how best to read one’s script before rewriting.

Links:

* Submit to the Three Page Challenge and check the box if you’ll be in Austin for the Austin Film Festival
* The new season of Crazy Ex Girlfriend premieres Friday October 13th
* John Gatins’ IMDb
* Order Aline Brosh McKenna’s new graphic novel, Jane
* Ramón K. Pérez’s website, twitter and graphic novel, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand
* “Rise” composer Sam Davis’ website
* The Original Melody, John’s Snap Track, and the demo track with vocalist Curt Hansen for “Rise”
* Or you can check out this post for more details about “Rise”
* Mark Halpin Puzzles
* Insecure on HBO
* Out on the Wire by Jessica Abel
* The Scriptnotes Listeners’ Guide!
* The USB drives!
* John August on Twitter
* Craig Mazin on Twitter
* Aline Brosh McKenna on Twitter
* John on Instagram
* Find past episodes
* Outro by John August (lyrics) and Sam Davis (music) (send us yours!)

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

 

Sep 12, 2017

Craig and John debut a new segment: This Kind of Scene, looking at how different movies handle similar situations. The Hudsucker Proxy, The Devil Wears Prada, Hidden Figures and Training Day all need to introduce their heroes to their new workplaces. We examine how those scenes work, both on the page and on screen.

We then discuss what it means to write for an international market, and determine what a “therapy piece” is and how to avoid writing one.

We also follow up on our discussion from episode 310 on the WGA deal and explore why animation writers aren’t included in the WGA.

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Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

 

Sep 5, 2017

John and Craig dive into another round of How Would This Be a Movie, looking at stories (and memes!) from around the world to figure out which ones might lend themselves to big-screen treatment.

Will it be the forgotten French spy from World War II? The repentant racist in Arkansas? The fake male founder exposing startup sexism? Or should it be the monthlong meth trip in the Alabama woods? Help us decide.

Plus, we follow up on how MoviePass actually works, and why their business model shares so many similarities with early Netflix.

Reminders! It’s WGA election season so be sure to cast your ballots. Plus, Big Fish is coming to London in November. You can find links to both below.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

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