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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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Dec 26, 2017

John and Craig offer advice to those who suspect their work has been stolen, providing a checklist to help determine if a claim has merit and suggestions for how to best proceed if it does.

We also answer listener questions about taxes on agent commission, being a conservative voice in a writers’ room, and using real celebrities as characters.

Links:

* Firelight, the How Could This Be A Movie that is, indeed, a movie
* Amazon’s deal for The Lord of the Rings TV rights
* Amanda Hess’ Twitter response to Sarah Sahim’s accusation of plagiarism
* Nokia Thermo
* Google Maps’s Moat by Justin O’Beirne
* The Scriptnotes Listeners’ Guide!
* The USB drives!
* John August on Twitter
* Craig Mazin on Twitter
* John on Instagram
* Find past episodes
* Outro by Matthew Chilleli and the Children’s Bell Choir of Akita (send us yours!)

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

 

Dec 19, 2017

John and Craig give notes on a pilot script by our Homecoming Live Show Winner, Andrew Thalheimer. The Harrows is an hour-long police drama that centers on the relationship between a straight-laced new recruit and his street-wise father after they are assigned to be each other’s partner.

In talking through The Harrows, we discuss the limits of suspension of disbelief, the importance of the central relationship, and the need to set up your series early.

Huge thank you to Andrew, who has courageously put his script in our crosshairs. You can find this first draft and the subsequent rewrite below.

Links:

* The Harrows (original draft) by Andrew Thalheimer, Story by Robert Kulb & Andrew Thalheimer)
* The Harrows (rewrite) by Andrew Thalheimer, Story by Robert Kulb & Andrew Thalheimer
* 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.

Dec 12, 2017

John and Craig discuss showrunning, remaking existing IP, staffing, and fan behavior with Julie Plec (Vampire Diaries, The Originals), Michael Green (Bladerunner 2049, American Gods, Murder on the Orient Express, Logan), and Justin Marks (Jungle Book, Counterpart).

In light of the big Fox/Disney merger, we contemplate which other podcasts we should consider teaming with to preserve our market share and bottom line. We also take a look at some questionable five star reviews.

Recorded with a live audience at LA Film School as a benefit for the Writers Guild Foundation. Huge thanks to everyone who came and supported the show.

Links:

* Show slides, in case you want to follow along at home.
* Pod Save America
* S Town
* Dirty John to listen to or read
* Missing Richard Simmons
* Julie Plec on IMDb
* Michael Green on IMDb
* Justin Marks on IMDb and check out his new show Counterpart
* The Scriptnotes Listeners’ Guide!
* The USB drives!
* Julie Plec, Michael Green and Justin Marks on Twitter
* John August on Twitter
* Craig Mazin on Twitter
* John on Instagram
* Find past episodes
* Intro by Jon Spurney and Outro by Andy Roninson (send us yours!)

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

 

Dec 5, 2017

John and Craig share their insight into pitching for television. How is it different that pitching features? How do express your passion for the project? How do you avoid being a Willy Loman pitching to a Willy Loman? (Sometimes you don’t.)

We also follow-up on the conversation about sexual harassment, with a focus on how men, bosses, and unions can work to make a safer, more comfortable workplace for everyone.

Reminder that the Scriptnotes Holiday Live Show is this Thursday in Hollywood. Ticket link below.

Links:

* Holiday Live Show tickets are available.
* A sexual harrassment resource guide from the WGA.
* The Tangle Teezer hair brush as recommended on Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools
* Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
* Initial write ups/pitch documents for DC, The Circle (a.k.a. Alaska), and Ops.
* The Scriptnotes Listeners’ Guide!
* The USB drives!
* John August on Twitter
* Craig Mazin on Twitter
* John on Instagram
* Find past episodes
* Outro by Phil Baker (send us yours!)

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

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