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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 17, 2017

Craig and Scriptnotes friend Derek Haas answer listener questions ranging from getting started in Hollywood to interviewing entertainment attorneys.

We also leave a message for a Scriptnotes listener to hear years in the future.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

 

Jan 10, 2017

John and Craig look at the newly-negotiated DGA deal, and what it portends for writers -- in particular, TV showrunners and those who want to direct.

Then Kelly Marcel joins us for a new round of the Three Page Challenge, where we look at 80’s cyberpunk, dollhead ghosts, and the whimsical delusions of a bored movie theater worker.

Because you demanded it, they’re printing an extra run of the 2016 Scriptnotes shirts. This is the last week to order, so get yours now.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

 

Jan 3, 2017

John welcomes Aline Brosh McKenna to the City of Lights, where they answer listener questions about cheating reality and bilingual characters.

They then invite a special guest on to talk about adaptation and autobiography. When writing about your own life, how much do you need to worry about portraying your friends and family?

Both of the 2016 Scriptnotes t-shirts are headed back to print — but only for two weeks! If you missed out the first time, make sure to get yours today.

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Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

 

Dec 27, 2016

John and Craig ditch their jobs as screenwriters to play quackery sleuths, investigating the practice of homeopathy and what it can teach us about how narrative shapes belief.

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Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

 

Dec 20, 2016

John and Craig discuss post-scriptum depression, that low feeling you sometimes get when finishing a screenplay.

We also look at some of the trends in the most recent Black List, and a protest over Boys Don't Cry which has one of us shaking his damn head.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

 

Dec 13, 2016

John and Craig look at how heroes let us know what they're after, with or without a song.

We also answer listener questions about how much despair to feel when a movie similar to your spec is announced, getting staffed off of improv groups, and whether we're wrong about gurus. (We’re not.)

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Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

 

Dec 6, 2016

John and Craig look at phrases that have been banned from comedy writing rooms, and more generally why making a list of what you will never do can help you figure out what you should do.

We also answer listener questions about character names, life rights and sticking to a genre.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Nov 29, 2016

Craig and John look at how writers, and screenwriters in particular, impact the way people think about things in the real world. From crime scenes to courtrooms to CPR, we simplify things for storytelling and leave audiences with skewed expectations.

In follow up, Craig invited Final Draft into his life (and office), actors' accents got analyzed, and more news came out about fake news.

We also be answer listener questions about LA neighborhoods and the gulf between getting read and getting paid.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

 

Nov 22, 2016

Writer-director Chris Sparling joins John and Craig to discuss his new film Mercy, and what it’s like to make a movie for Netflix. Then it’s another round of How Would This Be a Movie, with stories including ex-girlfriends, fake news, and permafrost ivory.

Plus we answer listener questions on cosplay, criticism and parallel structures.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

 

Nov 15, 2016

In this very special episode from 2014, Craig and John welcome special guests Aline Brosh McKenna, Rachel Bloom, B.J. Novak, Jane Espenson and Derek Haas to talk about writing books, movies and especially television.

Aline and Rachel just finished shooting a pilot called Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. We discuss the genesis of the project, and how sexism is just stupid.

B.J. tells us about the joy of reading Inglorious Basterds, and how the key to success is apparently editing your high school newspaper.

Jane and Derek teach us what really goes on in the writers room, from secret lingo to codes of silence.

Plus there are songs!

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.

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