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Scriptnotes Podcast

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Rank #79 in TV & Film category

TV & Film
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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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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.

iTunes Ratings

1801 Ratings
Average Ratings
1622
101
28
29
21

Talk slower please

By aafi95 - May 08 2020
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Man why do they talk so fast

Readers

By bezoar56 - Mar 27 2020
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Love the podcast but what’s the constant tapping sound?

iTunes Ratings

1801 Ratings
Average Ratings
1622
101
28
29
21

Talk slower please

By aafi95 - May 08 2020
Read more
Man why do they talk so fast

Readers

By bezoar56 - Mar 27 2020
Read more
Love the podcast but what’s the constant tapping sound?
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Scriptnotes Podcast

Latest release on Jul 28, 2020

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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.

Rank #1: 446 - Back to Basics

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John and Craig take a step back to discuss what screenwriting actually is and explore its evolution. They cover the history of screenwriting, the construction of a scene, and what new and old writers need to keep in mind about the craft.

We also cover how to approach ‘No Writing Left Behind’ during the time of socially distancing and answer listener questions on how the pandemic will impact writers’ creative and career decisions.

And in our bonus segment for premium members, we discuss charities looking at both the challenges of running a charitable organization and knowing where to donate your money.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Apr 14 2020

1hr 3mins

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Rank #2: 445 - The One with Phoebe and Ryan

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John and Craig enlist Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, The Nines) to break the fourth wall on our first-ever live video Scriptnotes. We discuss when to address the camera, why Deadpool 2 is the saddest movie to watch on a flight, and how to take notes as an actor/writer.

Then we welcome a premium member to play a round of Bad Screenwriting Advice, where we compare internet advice to bogus advice made up by John. We also take listener questions from the Youtube livestream chat on writing with personal experiences and places to find inspiration.

Finally, in our bonus segment John and Craig pull the curtain back to do a post-mortem on the live-show, explaining how we did it and what we learned. Plus the trapped-in-Maldives story that will probably be a movie, and what’s likely going on in Russia.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Apr 07 2020

54mins

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Rank #3: 448 - Based on a True Story

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John and Craig welcome screenwriter Mike Makowsky to discuss the process of turning a story from the news into a movie and how he drew on real life experiences to create his upcoming film, Bad Education.

We also follow up on writing with neurological trauma, trailblazing female screenwriters, and answer listener questions on speaking theme vs. subtext.

In our bonus segment for premium members, we talk about our own three page challenges, and why those early pages are so important.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Apr 21 2020

46mins

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Rank #4: 447 - Three Page Zoom

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John and Craig host another Scriptnotes Livestream Show with special guest Dana Fox (Isn’t It Romantic, Couples Retreat). They discuss her new show, Home Before Dark, and her thoughts on why creating a feeling is so important to developing television shows.

Then we hold a Three Page Challenge and we invite each of our four participants on to discuss their script after we deliver feedback. We cover how to write momentum into action descriptions, ‘overwhelmers’ in a scene, and creating fantastical worlds.

Huge thank you to Dana for joining us, and a big thanks to all of our Three Page Challenge winners for their submissions!

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Apr 16 2020

1hr 25mins

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Rank #5: 444 - Clueless

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John and Craig analyze the iconic 1995 comedy Clueless.

A contemporary adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma set in Beverly Hills, Clueless follows protagonist Cher as she tries to do ‘good’ through make-over montages and match-making attempts. We discuss how the movie sets up the characters in the first ten minutes, why Cher’s voiceover works so well, and how Clueless ushered in a new era of teen movies.

In our bonus segment for premium members, John and Craig share their own experiences learning to drive and how they’re preparing to teach their teenage daughters driving.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Mar 31 2020

1hr 4mins

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462 - Development Heck

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John and Craig discuss the special purgatory that projects can get lost in and how to navigate your way out.

We also follow up on Assistant Pay, the 2020 WGA report, and Craig’s writing process for television.

Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members we discuss wine!

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Jul 28 2020

1hr 6mins

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461 - The Right Manganese for the Job

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John and Craig bring another round of How Would This Be A Movie, with a mix of stories from history and the headlines. In this episode we discuss an unexpected guest at a funeral, a lost Russian submarine and a social influencer murder plot.

We also look at the latest WGA developments, including the new agency agreement with UTA and the vote on the studio agreement. Then, we answer listener questions on an UNO movie, editing while writing and how to write a high-profit movie.

In our bonus segment for premium members, we discuss how 2020 would be a movie.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Jul 21 2020

1hr 11mins

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461 - Adapting with Justin Simien

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John and Craig welcome writer/director Justin Simien (Dear White People, Bad Hair) to talk adapting movies to television, the value of film school and the birth of independent cinema.

We follow up on the WGA/AMPTP deal and answer a listener question on writing stories about problematic historical figures.

Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members we discuss the Hamilton musical on Disney+.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Jul 14 2020

1hr 9mins

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459 - International Television

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John and Aline Brosh-McKenna co-host a special panel with writers Anna Winger (Unorthodox, Deutschland 83), and Tony McNamara (The Great, The Favourite) for the French television festival Serie Series.

We cover writing coming of age stories, how to choose the best format for a story, and writing with act breaks. We also discuss the production challenges and opportunities of working internationally and how to find a common language on set.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Jul 07 2020

1hr

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458 - Collapsing Scenes

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John and Craig examine how and why it can be necessary to collapse scenes in a rewrite.

They also follow-up on returning to production, portrayals of police on screen and assistant pay.We then welcome Michelle Amor, Hilliard Guess, and Bianca Sams —  co-chairs of the WGA West’s Committee of Black Writers —  to discuss how Hollywood needs to change the way it hires and promotes Black writers.

Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members, we talk about the return of professional sportsball.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Jun 30 2020

1hr 3mins

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457 - Getting Staffed in Comedy Variety

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John and Craig welcome writer and performer Ashley Nicole Black (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, A Black Lady Sketch Show) to discuss comedy and variety shows — how they’re written and how to get a job writing them.

We also talk about studio diversity programs, why additional training can send the wrong message, and how to speak up in a writers room. Then we answer listener questions on idea ownership, writing police stories, and follow up on digital writer’s rooms.

In our bonus segment for premium members, we talk about fireworks.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Jun 23 2020

1hr 2mins

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456 - Too Much at Once

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John and Craig follow up and give updates on the many topics we’ve been talking about the past few weeks, including police on screen, assistant pay, short seasons and restarting production.

We also hear from a past Three-Page participant on their experience post-challenge and cover highlights from the WGA’s Inclusion and Equity report.

In our bonus segment for premium members, we’ll be talking about computers: what we’re using, and what we’d like to see.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Jun 16 2020

55mins

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455 - Police on Screen

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John and Craig discuss how police and policing are portrayed on screen, and writers’ responsibilities to thoughtfully reflect society.

Then, we answer listener questions about freaking out in meetings, how we deal with feedback, and whether to write books or movies.

And in our bonus segment for premium members, we’ll discuss the possibility that Craig does not exist.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Jun 09 2020

1hr

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454 - That Icky Feeling

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John and Craig explore that icky feeling something’s wrong with your script and what to do about it. They also discuss the difference between story and screenplay, both as official WGA categories and how we use those terms everyday.

We follow up on French hours, whether you should send editable documents to producers, and offer tips on discussing story ideas with friends and colleagues.

And in our bonus segment for premium members, John and Craig read erotic fiction.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Jun 03 2020

1hr 6mins

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453 - Getting Back to Set

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John and Craig welcome back Aline Brosh McKenna (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Your Place or Mine) and Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball, We’re the Millers) to share how we’re thinking about the future of film and television production.

We talk about possible plans for getting back to set, how movies might change to adapt to the current circumstances, and how we want to see pandemic depictions in our media.

In our bonus segment for premium members we discuss puzzles: Craig’s controversial take on jigsaw, the Larchmont Puzzle Exchange, and why puzzles are good for families.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

May 26 2020

53mins

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452 - The Empire Strikes Back with Lawrence Kasdan

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John and Craig welcome back Lawrence Kasdan for a deep dive on The Empire Strikes Back to celebrate this iconic film’s 40th anniversary.

We talk about the inspiration behind Yoda, keeping the Skywalker/Darth Vader connection a secret, and balancing competing storylines. We also take a look at Kasdan’s original handwritten script, accompanied by table reads from John and Craig!

And in our bonus segment for premium members, we answer audience questions with Lawrence Kasdan.

This special live show was produced in partnership with the Writers Guild Foundation.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

May 19 2020

52mins

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451 - There Are No Slow Claps

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John and Craig offer guidance on how to “flip the script” on tropes without landing on your face.

We also answer listener questions about phone numbers, sluglines and short films.

Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members, we discuss our personal video game histories and the possibility that John was raised in a cult.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

May 12 2020

58mins

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450 - Only The Interesting Scenes

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John and Craig propose a challenge for every screenwriter: only write interesting scenes. They discuss why following this precept is so important and offer tips for implementing it proactively.

We also answer listener questions about set pieces, virtual rooms, and juggling multiple projects.

In our bonus segment for premium members, we consider whether Covid-19 has changed the landscape about whether writers still need to live in Los Angeles.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

May 05 2020

1hr 3mins

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449 - The One with Sam Esmail

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John hosts a discussion with writer/director Sam Esmail as a part of the Showrunner Sessions at the WGA. Sam describes his aversion to writing, where his inspiration comes from, and how he learned to run a room.

We also dig into craft, talking about parentheticals and mastering the tension between creating mystery versus confusing your audience.

Then, for our premium members on our bonus segment we air the audience Q&A from the Showrunner Panel. John and Sam cover the alchemy of surprising music in a scene and the importance of saying something with each character.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Apr 28 2020

1hr 8mins

Play

448 - Based on a True Story

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John and Craig welcome screenwriter Mike Makowsky to discuss the process of turning a story from the news into a movie and how he drew on real life experiences to create his upcoming film, Bad Education.

We also follow up on writing with neurological trauma, trailblazing female screenwriters, and answer listener questions on speaking theme vs. subtext.

In our bonus segment for premium members, we talk about our own three page challenges, and why those early pages are so important.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Apr 21 2020

46mins

Play

447 - Three Page Zoom

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John and Craig host another Scriptnotes Livestream Show with special guest Dana Fox (Isn’t It Romantic, Couples Retreat). They discuss her new show, Home Before Dark, and her thoughts on why creating a feeling is so important to developing television shows.

Then we hold a Three Page Challenge and we invite each of our four participants on to discuss their script after we deliver feedback. We cover how to write momentum into action descriptions, ‘overwhelmers’ in a scene, and creating fantastical worlds.

Huge thank you to Dana for joining us, and a big thanks to all of our Three Page Challenge winners for their submissions!

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Apr 16 2020

1hr 25mins

Play

446 - Back to Basics

Podcast cover
Read more

John and Craig take a step back to discuss what screenwriting actually is and explore its evolution. They cover the history of screenwriting, the construction of a scene, and what new and old writers need to keep in mind about the craft.

We also cover how to approach ‘No Writing Left Behind’ during the time of socially distancing and answer listener questions on how the pandemic will impact writers’ creative and career decisions.

And in our bonus segment for premium members, we discuss charities looking at both the challenges of running a charitable organization and knowing where to donate your money.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Apr 14 2020

1hr 3mins

Play

445 - The One with Phoebe and Ryan

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John and Craig enlist Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, The Nines) to break the fourth wall on our first-ever live video Scriptnotes. We discuss when to address the camera, why Deadpool 2 is the saddest movie to watch on a flight, and how to take notes as an actor/writer.

Then we welcome a premium member to play a round of Bad Screenwriting Advice, where we compare internet advice to bogus advice made up by John. We also take listener questions from the Youtube livestream chat on writing with personal experiences and places to find inspiration.

Finally, in our bonus segment John and Craig pull the curtain back to do a post-mortem on the live-show, explaining how we did it and what we learned. Plus the trapped-in-Maldives story that will probably be a movie, and what’s likely going on in Russia.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Apr 07 2020

54mins

Play

Scriptnotes Live(stream) Show April 4th @ 10am

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Join John and Craig for the Scriptnotes Live(stream) Show, featuring special guests: Ryan Reynolds and Phoebe Waller Bridge, this Saturday, April 4th at 10am PT!

We will talk about writing material as actors, breaking the fourth wall, and of course, things that are interesting to screenwriters.

They will also answer questions live (check for the YouTube link at JohnAugust.com) and play games with listeners. Scriptnotes Premium Members — apply to participate in a game show segment at JohnAugust.com/contestant!

Email ask@johnaugust.come with any questions. Thanks and see you soon!

Apr 01 2020

3mins

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444 - Clueless

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John and Craig analyze the iconic 1995 comedy Clueless.

A contemporary adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma set in Beverly Hills, Clueless follows protagonist Cher as she tries to do ‘good’ through make-over montages and match-making attempts. We discuss how the movie sets up the characters in the first ten minutes, why Cher’s voiceover works so well, and how Clueless ushered in a new era of teen movies.

In our bonus segment for premium members, John and Craig share their own experiences learning to drive and how they’re preparing to teach their teenage daughters driving.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Mar 31 2020

1hr 4mins

Play

iTunes Ratings

1801 Ratings
Average Ratings
1622
101
28
29
21

Talk slower please

By aafi95 - May 08 2020
Read more
Man why do they talk so fast

Readers

By bezoar56 - Mar 27 2020
Read more
Love the podcast but what’s the constant tapping sound?