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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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Oct 23, 2017

Daley Haggar shares her experience in the writers room. Originally posted on Lenny Letter.


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Oct 17, 2017

John welcomes Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo and author of Pep Talks for Writers, to discuss the writing process and how to get out of your own way creatively.

We explore the ubiquity of the Other Syndrome and the perils of envy. We also look at pen names, “throw-away writing,” and the advantages of being a beginner.

Links:

* Grant Faulkner’s website and Wikipedia entry.
* Pep Talks for Writers by Grant Faulkner is available here.
* You can participate in NaNoWriMo, too!
* I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons
* The Last Invention of Man: How AI might take over the world by Max Tegmark
* The Scriptnotes Listeners’ Guide!
* The USB drives!
* John August on Twitter
* Grant Faulkner on Twitter
* John on Instagram
* Find past episodes
* Outro by Rajesh Naroth (send us yours!)

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You can download the episode here.

Oct 10, 2017

John and Craig attempt to answer the question that many aspiring screenwriters dare not ask aloud: when -- if ever -- is the right time to give up on the dream of becoming a working screenwriter?

Relatedly, is it okay to omit “aspiring” when describing oneself as a screenwriter? How do you ask friends for career help without burning bridges? Is that criminal record a problem?

We also address listener questions about why the Paramount Decree isn’t an issue for streaming services, plus working with auteurs, and formatting car chases.

Thanks for sending us examples of Exposition News!

Links:

* CPG Grey’s video, channel, and website
* Exposition News on Arrested Development, Community, The Simpsons, and Shaun of the Dead
* The BBC adds Nigerian Pidgin
* Google’s Pixel Buds, or the real-life Babel Fish
* 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.

 

Oct 3, 2017

John and Craig sit down with Marielle Heller, the writer and director of the acclaimed feature The Diary of a Teenage Girl, to talk about the journey of getting her movie made, from optioning the novel to the Sundance Labs through production.

We discuss sex scenes and ’70s wallpaper, anamorphic lenses and leaving subplots on the cutting room floor. Plus there’s a lot of MacGruber.

This episode originally aired August 25, 2015.

Links:

* Scriptnotes and a live Three Page Challenge will be at the 2017 Austin Film Festival
* Submit for the Three Page Challenge
* Marielle Heller on IMDb
* The Diary of a Teenage Girl official site and the trailer
* The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Revised Edition by Phoebe Gloeckner
* Scriptnotes, 121: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend’s Screenwriter, with Mike Birbiglia
* Sundance Institute Feature Film Program
* Director of Photography Brandon Trost on Wikipedia
* Rotoscoping on Wikipedia
* Mari Heller on NPR’s Fresh Air
* VHS Camcorder
* I’m Sorry I Didn’t Respond to Your Email, My Husband Coughed to Death Two Years Ago by Rachel Ward
* The Wonder Weeks App
* The Scriptnotes Listeners’ Guide!
* The USB drives will be available again in a few days!
* John August on Twitter
* Craig Mazin on Twitter
* John on Instagram
* Find past episodes
* Outro by Jack Mazin (send us yours!)

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

 

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