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Scriptnotes Podcast

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Rank #37 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

1711 Ratings
Average Ratings
1551
90
28
25
17

A must for screenwriters

By Motke Dapp - Nov 29 2019
Read more
I not only love this podcast, I actually talk about it often. Usually to other people.

This killed me...

By 0zenguy0 - Sep 10 2019
Read more
“...it’s your BDSM superstore...”. Hilarious!

iTunes Ratings

1711 Ratings
Average Ratings
1551
90
28
25
17

A must for screenwriters

By Motke Dapp - Nov 29 2019
Read more
I not only love this podcast, I actually talk about it often. Usually to other people.

This killed me...

By 0zenguy0 - Sep 10 2019
Read more
“...it’s your BDSM superstore...”. Hilarious!
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Scriptnotes Podcast

Latest release on Jan 21, 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: 425 - Tough Love vs. Self Care

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John and Craig discuss when writers should practice tough love vs. self-care. Inspired by Chuck Wendig’s blog post, they examine how real-world issues impact writers’ ability to get work done — but how they can also be used as an excuse for procrastination and laziness. They offer a checklist for helping decide whether it’s time to be harder or easier on yourself.

We also follow up on the Austin Film Festival, fan backlash, and show-runner tips for championing assistant pay, especially during the holiday season.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Nov 05 2019

58mins

Play

Rank #2: 423 - Minimum Viable Movie

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John and Craig discuss how to figure out if a given idea can work as a movie. What are the minimum requirements for story and vision a writer should consider before starting on a screenplay?

We also invite Megana Rao and Bo Shim to follow up on our discussion of low assistant pay. Plus follow up from the WGA and video game industry awards, and a look ahead to the Austin Film Festival.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here

Oct 22 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #3: 426 - Chance Favors the Prepared with Lulu Wang

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John and Craig welcome writer-director Lulu Wang (The Farewell) to discuss not explaining things and the recipe for creating your own luck.

We also answer listener questions on reactive protagonists, finding friends in LA, and Chris McQuarrie’s Twitter thread.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Nov 12 2019

57mins

Play

Rank #4: 424 - Austin Film Festival 2019

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Craig hosts Scriptnotes Live at The Austin Film Festival with guests Ayanna Floyd (The Chi, Empire), Liz Hannah (The Post, Mind Hunter), Nichelle Tramble (Truth Be Told, The Good Wife), Malcolm Spellman (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Empire), David Mandel (Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm), David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (Game of Thrones). They discuss the power of television, writing for the binge model, and the value of telling stories you want to watch.

We also play a Craig and David Kwong puzzle on movie quotes and host a round of How Do You Follow THAT Up?

Huge thank you to all of our guests!

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Oct 29 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #5: 420 - The One with Seth Rogen

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John and Craig welcome writer/actor/producer/director Seth Rogen (Superbad, Knocked Up, Good Boys) to the podcast. They discuss Seth’s writing process, evolving with a creative partner, and the cinematic origins of 420.

Seth then joins them for another edition of How Would This Be a Movie? looking at stories ranging from corruption, cattle mutilation, and geriatric thieves.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here

Oct 01 2019

56mins

Play

Rank #6: 422 - Assistants Aren’t Paid Nearly Enough

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John and Craig tackle the issue of assistant pay in Hollywood. Last week they called for assistants to share how much they were getting paid and the impact of those wages. They received a record number of responses highlighting the inequities in the industry. Using these emails, they take a look at the biggest issues with current pay and the challenges ahead.

We also discuss videogame writing, spec features, and thesauri.

Thank you to all of the Hollywood assistants who wrote in for this episode!

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here

Oct 15 2019

1hr 7mins

Play

Rank #7: 419 - Professionalism

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John and Craig discuss topics ranging from the Emmys to elections, professionalism to patronage, along with the state of #MeToo. We also answer listener questions on credits and ask for your thoughts on potential changes to our premium subscriptions.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here

Sep 24 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #9: Extra - What's it like to win an Emmy?

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John and Craig discuss Craig’s experience winning two Emmys this week.

Sep 24 2019

23mins

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Rank #10: 427 - The New One with Mike Birbiglia

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John and Craig welcome back writer/comedian Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk with Me, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend) to discuss his one-man show “The New One.” When writing about yourself, how much has to be true? What responsibilities do you have to friends and loved ones?

Then it’s a new round of the Three Page Challenge, where we look at the first three pages in listeners’ scripts. We also address Akiva Schaffer’s concerns on movie screeners and try our first-ever bonus segment after the credits.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Nov 19 2019

1hr 11mins

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434 - Ambition and Anxiety

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John and Craig discuss the difference between ambition and anxiety, and how writers can find a balance. We also follow up on agency developments and a new study that shows the live-action Aladdin is good for your health.

Then we host another round of the Three Page Challenge, this time focusing on establishing the setting. Thank you to all of our participants, especially Janelle B. Gatchalian, Alex Beattie, and Linda Yardley.

And for our Premium Members, John and Craig express their views on gift bags, and in particular coffee mugs.

Special thanks to Bo Shim and Jacq Lesko.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Jan 21 2020

1hr 21mins

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433 - The One with Greta Gerwig

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John and Greta Gerwig (writer/director of Little Women and Lady Bird) discuss adaptation, ambition and authorship. With the screenplay in front of them, they look at specific scenes in Little Women and explore how its non-linear timeline changed how the movie works.

We also answer listener questions on writing for the page and starting a family as an aspiring writer.

Craig joins us for the post-credits bonus segment when he shares what it was like winning a Golden Globe for Chernobyl.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 1-15-2020This episode was republished due to a production issue. 

Jan 14 2020

1hr 8mins

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432 - Learning from Movies

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John and Craig discuss what screenwriters can learn from watching movies. They cover techniques for making the most of the movies they watch and the questions you should be asking afterward.

We also share more advice from listeners about moving to LA and lots of answers FOR listeners who’ve written in with questions.

And for Scriptnotes Premium members, we have a bonus segment discussing The Mandalorian.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Jan 07 2020

56mins

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128 - Frozen with Jennifer Lee

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In the tradition of the Raiders and Little Mermaid episodes, John and guest host Aline Brosh McKenna discuss and dissect the award-winning, record-setting, paradigm-shifting Frozen. But this time, we have the writer on hand to answer our questions.

Jennifer Lee not only wrote Frozen, she co-directed it. She talks us through all the twists, turns, and happy surprises on the journey. We go scene-by-scene and song-by-song to look at how it works and how it changed during development.

It’s an episode full of spoilers. But it’s also totally PG, so if your kids want to listen, let ‘em.

Craig will be back next week with an all-new episode and no recollection of what happened.

*This post originally aired on January 28, 2014

Links:

You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 2-1-14: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Dec 31 2019

1hr 27mins

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296 - Television with Damon Lindelof

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John sits down with Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) for a bonus-length discussion of all things TV.

We focus on getting that first job, breaking story, and how writing rooms work. We also answer listener questions ranging from knowing when to let a pilot script die, to crediting original ideas.

Finally, we talk about the notion of Idea Debt, and how to say goodbye to projects you’ll never complete.

This episode originally aired on April 18, 2017.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 4-24-17: The transcript of this episode can be found here.

Dec 24 2019

1hr 22mins

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431 - Holiday Live Show 2019

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John and Craig welcome Kevin Feige (President of Marvel Studios), Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World), and Shoshannah Stern (This Close, Weeds, Jericho), to discuss creating an early aughts period piece, working with co-writers, and making genre movies out of comic books.

We also introduce Scriptnotes Premium and play games on Real vs. Fake Awards Shows and literal movie quotes. Stay tuned for our bonus segment after the credits when we answer audience questions about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and creative rituals.

Thank you to the Writers Guild Foundation and the LA Film School for hosting us!

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Dec 17 2019

1hr 28mins

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430 - From Broadway to Hollywood

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John and guest host Aline Brosh McKenna welcome writer/showrunner Tim Federle (High School Musical: The Musical: The Series) to talk about his path from Broadway to Hollywood and how he came to create his first TV show.

Along the way, we discuss TV musicals, LA vs. New York and pitch decks. We also follow up on the #PayUpHollywood survey results with producer Megana Rao and the new Academy screener app. Stick around after the credits for a special bonus segment about online stan culture.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Dec 10 2019

1hr 4mins

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429 - Cleaning up the Leftovers

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John and Craig use Thanksgiving break to finally answer some long-gestating listener questions, ranging from writing television with act breaks to keeping your drafts organized. Plus we’ll look at two moves by the US Justice Department and their impact on screenwriters.

In this week’s bonus segment, we do a meme! We’ll compare and reflect on our beliefs at the start and end of the decade.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Dec 03 2019

1hr 2mins

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Extra - Assistants Townhall

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John moderates the first Assistants Town Hall with panelists Liz Alper and Jamarah Hayne from #PayUpHollywood, Allison Begalman from Young Entertainment Activists, and employment attorney Jennifer Kramer. The panel examines the current conditions for assistants in Hollywood, the need to determine an accurate livable wage, and next steps for assistants and employers.

We also open the floor to questions from assistants and viewers from the livestream. This recording is an abridged version of the event, if you’re interested in watching the whole thing please click the link below!

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Dec 03 2019

1hr 15mins

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428 - Assistant Writers

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John and Craig talk about best practices for assistants who write and how to properly credit support staff.

We also touch on the state of WGA negotiations on both the studio and agency front, as well as a look ahead to the AMPTP deal. In our bonus segment, we’ll make our final ruling on cats.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Nov 26 2019

1hr 14mins

Play

427 - The New One with Mike Birbiglia

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John and Craig welcome back writer/comedian Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk with Me, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend) to discuss his one-man show “The New One.” When writing about yourself, how much has to be true? What responsibilities do you have to friends and loved ones?

Then it’s a new round of the Three Page Challenge, where we look at the first three pages in listeners’ scripts. We also address Akiva Schaffer’s concerns on movie screeners and try our first-ever bonus segment after the credits.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Nov 19 2019

1hr 11mins

Play

426 - Chance Favors the Prepared with Lulu Wang

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Read more

John and Craig welcome writer-director Lulu Wang (The Farewell) to discuss not explaining things and the recipe for creating your own luck.

We also answer listener questions on reactive protagonists, finding friends in LA, and Chris McQuarrie’s Twitter thread.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Nov 12 2019

57mins

Play

425 - Tough Love vs. Self Care

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Read more

John and Craig discuss when writers should practice tough love vs. self-care. Inspired by Chuck Wendig’s blog post, they examine how real-world issues impact writers’ ability to get work done — but how they can also be used as an excuse for procrastination and laziness. They offer a checklist for helping decide whether it’s time to be harder or easier on yourself.

We also follow up on the Austin Film Festival, fan backlash, and show-runner tips for championing assistant pay, especially during the holiday season.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Nov 05 2019

58mins

Play

424 - Austin Film Festival 2019

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Craig hosts Scriptnotes Live at The Austin Film Festival with guests Ayanna Floyd (The Chi, Empire), Liz Hannah (The Post, Mind Hunter), Nichelle Tramble (Truth Be Told, The Good Wife), Malcolm Spellman (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Empire), David Mandel (Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm), David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (Game of Thrones). They discuss the power of television, writing for the binge model, and the value of telling stories you want to watch.

We also play a Craig and David Kwong puzzle on movie quotes and host a round of How Do You Follow THAT Up?

Huge thank you to all of our guests!

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Oct 29 2019

1hr 6mins

Play

423 - Minimum Viable Movie

Podcast cover
Read more

John and Craig discuss how to figure out if a given idea can work as a movie. What are the minimum requirements for story and vision a writer should consider before starting on a screenplay?

We also invite Megana Rao and Bo Shim to follow up on our discussion of low assistant pay. Plus follow up from the WGA and video game industry awards, and a look ahead to the Austin Film Festival.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here

Oct 22 2019

1hr 2mins

Play

422 - Assistants Aren’t Paid Nearly Enough

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John and Craig tackle the issue of assistant pay in Hollywood. Last week they called for assistants to share how much they were getting paid and the impact of those wages. They received a record number of responses highlighting the inequities in the industry. Using these emails, they take a look at the biggest issues with current pay and the challenges ahead.

We also discuss videogame writing, spec features, and thesauri.

Thank you to all of the Hollywood assistants who wrote in for this episode!

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here

Oct 15 2019

1hr 7mins

Play

420 - The One with Seth Rogen

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John and Craig welcome writer/actor/producer/director Seth Rogen (Superbad, Knocked Up, Good Boys) to the podcast. They discuss Seth’s writing process, evolving with a creative partner, and the cinematic origins of 420.

Seth then joins them for another edition of How Would This Be a Movie? looking at stories ranging from corruption, cattle mutilation, and geriatric thieves.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here

Oct 01 2019

56mins

Play

Extra - What's it like to win an Emmy?

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John and Craig discuss Craig’s experience winning two Emmys this week.

Sep 24 2019

23mins

Play

419 - Professionalism

Podcast cover
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John and Craig discuss topics ranging from the Emmys to elections, professionalism to patronage, along with the state of #MeToo. We also answer listener questions on credits and ask for your thoughts on potential changes to our premium subscriptions.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here

Sep 24 2019

1hr 1min

Play

iTunes Ratings

1711 Ratings
Average Ratings
1551
90
28
25
17

A must for screenwriters

By Motke Dapp - Nov 29 2019
Read more
I not only love this podcast, I actually talk about it often. Usually to other people.

This killed me...

By 0zenguy0 - Sep 10 2019
Read more
“...it’s your BDSM superstore...”. Hilarious!