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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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Jan 30, 2018

John and Aline welcome Peter Spears, producer of Call Me by Your Name, to discuss how the film came to be, from optioning the novel through its long development and multiple roadblocks.

Through the lens of Call Me by Your Name, we discuss the difficulties of preproduction for an indie film, the process of securing book rights, the opportunities that adaptation presents, and what this movie means in the Hollywood landscape.


Links:

* Thanks to Peter Spears for joining us!
* Read the Call Me by Your Name script, watch the movie and read the book.
* Subscribe to Launch at http://wondery.fm/launch or wherever you listen to podcasts.
* You can preorder Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire and read an excerpt here. Also, John’s book tour dates are available, if you want to say hi!
* The Scriptnotes Listeners’ Guide!
* The USB drives!
* John August on Twitter
* Craig Mazin on Twitter
* Aline Brosh McKenna on Twitter
* Peter Spears on Twitter
* John on Instagram
* Find past episodes
* Outro by Hunter Christensen (send us yours!)

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

 

Jan 23, 2018

John and Craig introduce Launch, John’s new podcast about making a book. Over the course of six episodes, the series tracks the process of writing and shipping a novel, from idea to printing.

The first two episodes are available today, with new episodes coming each Tuesday.

Not to worry — Scriptnotes isn’t going anywhere. We’ll have new episodes on Tuesdays as well.

Subscribe to Launch today: http://wondery.fm/launch

Links:

* Subscribe to Launch at http://wondery.fm/launch or wherever you listen to podcasts.
* You can preorder Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire and read an excerpt here.
* The Scriptnotes Listeners’ Guide!
* The USB drives!
* John August on Twitter
* Craig Mazin on Twitter
* John on Instagram
* Find past episodes
* Outro by Andy Roninson (send us yours!)

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

 

Jan 16, 2018

John and Craig ponder worst case scenarios that might usher the end of screenwriting as we know it. What are the odds that screenwriters lose work because an economic crash keeps movies from getting made? That screenwriting gets outsourced? That human screenwriters are replaced by AI? That film as a medium gets replaced? That the WGA falls apart?

We also answer listener questions about communicating with actors and waiting on optioned IP to get produced.

Links:

* Wonder, adapted from RJ Palacio’s book, references many brands. So does “Making Things Up Again” from The Book of Mormon.
* The USS Callister episode of Black Mirror written by Charlie Brooker & William Bridges
* Megan Ganz
* The Scriptnotes Listeners’ Guide!
* The USB drives!
* John August on Twitter
* Craig Mazin on Twitter
* John on Instagram
* Find past episodes
* Outro by Andy Roninson (send us yours!)

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Jan 9, 2018

John and Craig tackle that tricky stretch of screenplay between crystalizing what the story is going to be and the protagonist actually embarking upon it: the end of Act 1.

We also answer listener questions about writing for new media, why working outside of a WGA contract hurts everyone, what people want when asking for a “writing sample,” and adapting novels without the rights.

Links:

* Bathe in my Milk and the NY Post article about it.
* The Apple Pencil works pretty well! You can use it with Notability.
* The Scriptnotes Listeners’ Guide!
* The USB drives!
* John August on Twitter
* Craig Mazin on Twitter
* John on Instagram
* Find past episodes
* Outro by Rajesh Naroth (send us yours!)

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

 

Jan 2, 2018

John and Craig discuss suspense and its function in all genres, from thrillers to romcoms. They examine suspense of the known and of the unknown and the techniques available to construct it.

We also answer listeners questions about registering scripts with the WGA, how to overcome creative paralysis and unconventional sluglines.

Links:

* The WGA’s page regarding sexual harassment
* The Wedding Planner, Die Hard, Three’s Company, Man Up, and the old ketchup commercials are great examples of suspense
* Thanks to Katie Dippold, who pitched the idea for this episode
* Weekend Read has many of this season’s awards scripts posted for your reading pleasure
* Flipflop Solitaire by Zach Gage, who also made Really Bad Chess
* Slate’s podcast, Slow Burn
* The Scriptnotes Listeners’ Guide!
* The USB drives!
* John August on Twitter
* Craig Mazin on Twitter
* John on Instagram
* Find past episodes
* Outro by Travis Newton (send us yours!)

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

 

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