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Scriptnotes Podcast

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Rank #62 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.

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1801 Ratings
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Talk slower please

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

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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 Jun 30, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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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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