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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 6, 2011

For our second podcast, Craig Mazin and I decided to tackle the question we've both been ducking since we started our blogs: "How do I get an agent and/or manager?"

It's an intractable question because while most working screenwriters have representation, no two of them got it the same way. If you ask a panel of writers, you'll hear a series of anecdotes, but you won't get a better sense of what next steps you should take.

Craig compares it to losing your virginity, which seems fair. I opted to flip the question to ask, "How do I get the right agent or manager to notice me?"

We won't typically devote an entire episode to one issue, but this one seemed to require it.

In related podcast news:

  • We're now listed in iTunes. The first episode is up, and the rest will begin posting automatically. You can subscribe here.
  • Transcripts. Several days after an episode airs, you'll find the text of the podcast appended to the post (c.f. episode one).

Using a non-iTunes podcast reader? You can find the podcast feed here.

UPDATE 9-7-11: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Aug 30, 2011

Today marks the inaugural episode of Scriptnotes, a podcast that Craig Mazin and I are trying out. It's meant to be a weekly-or-so conversation about items of interest to screenwriters, from getting stuff written to dealing with insane producers.

Topics in episode one:

  • Pitching a take. When screenwriters are asked to come in and meet with the studio (or producers) about a project, what do both sides expect? How much work do you do in advance? How different is it from pitching an original idea?
  • The WGA elections. It's time to pick new officers and new board members. We talk about issues and priorities, and what the WGA Board actually does.

Down the road, we plan to have the podcast up in the usual places (like iTunes), so you can subscribe and get episodes automatically delivered. I'll post details when they're available.

UPDATE 9-4-11: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

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