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Scriptnotes Podcast

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Rank #32 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

1646 Ratings
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This killed me...

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

Must-listen podcast

By B10Fan - Jul 18 2019
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BY FAR the best screenwriting podcast. Everything else is average. This one is fantastic

iTunes Ratings

1646 Ratings
Average Ratings
1495
86
27
23
15

This killed me...

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

Must-listen podcast

By B10Fan - Jul 18 2019
Read more
BY FAR the best screenwriting podcast. Everything else is average. This one is fantastic
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Scriptnotes Podcast

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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: 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

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Rank #2: 417 - Idea Management

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John and Craig welcome back Aline Brosh McKenna to tackle the issue of idea management. What do you do with all those half-formed ideas and how do you decide which ones to pursue? They share best practices and their approach to middle-of-the-night inspiration.

We’ll also discuss how screenwriters quotes are determined and answer some listener questions.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Sep 10 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #3: 413 - Ready to Write

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John and Craig tackle the question, “How do you know when you’re ready to write a given script?” They propose a list of details a writer should know before diving in, and look at why starting too soon can be a recipe for failure. (So can waiting too long.)

We also discuss the WGA’s “refusal to negotiate” myth and answer questions about rewrites vs polishes, and whether writing a bad script could put you on a Do Not Hire list.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here

Aug 13 2019

56mins

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Rank #4: 409 - I Know You Are, But What Am I?

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John and Craig discuss whether and how heroes can understand themselves. Is self-awareness an intrinsic aspect of a character, or something they achieve over the course of the story? Both heroes and villains are often wrestling with their identity. We look at why it’s more difficult (and sometimes more rewarding) to explore these issues in screenwriting than prose fiction.

Then it’s time for another round of the Three Page Challenge, followed by listener questions about meddling actors and producers.

Thanks to everyone who submitted to the Three Page Challenge, especially our participants: Edith Rodriguez, Carolyn Getches, Hilary C. Gish, and Christine Hoang!

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Jul 16 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #6: 416 - Fantasy Worldbuilding

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John and Craig welcome Alison Luhrs, a senior narrative designer at Wizards of the Coast to talk about fantasy world-building as a profession. It is a great conversation about what is probably a lot of listeners’ dream job.

We also follow up on the WGA elections, John’s decision to cast a blind actress, and the universality of ice-cream truck wars.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here

Sep 03 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #7: 411 - Setting it Up with Katie Silberman

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John and Craig welcome screenwriter Katie Silberman (Set It Up, Isn’t It Romantic and Booksmart) to discuss writing a two-hander, practicing dialogue, and how she got her start in Hollywood.

We also follow up on ‘liked, not love’ and answer listener questions on character development.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Jul 30 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #8: 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: 418 - The One with David Koepp

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John and Craig welcome legendary screenwriter David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Death Becomes Her, Carlito’s Way, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man and Panic Room) to talk about adaptations, embargoes, books and the modern blockbuster, which David has had an outsized role in shaping.

We also cover exposition in science fiction and how action writing has evolved over the last twenty years.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Sep 17 2019

1hr 5mins

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