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Scriptnotes Podcast

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Rank #46 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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By BlondieGirl! - Aug 08 2019
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What angels these men are to provide us with free lectures on screenwriting and the industry once a week. And it’s fascinating to me that they weren’t best friends before they started doing this podcast together. They’re the perfect complement to each other. The bombastic umbrage of Craig. The even-handed objectivity of John. Thanks for doing this, guys!

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

1549 Ratings
Average Ratings
1407
82
26
21
13

The best.

By BlondieGirl! - Aug 08 2019
Read more
What angels these men are to provide us with free lectures on screenwriting and the industry once a week. And it’s fascinating to me that they weren’t best friends before they started doing this podcast together. They’re the perfect complement to each other. The bombastic umbrage of Craig. The even-handed objectivity of John. Thanks for doing this, guys!

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

Updated 10 days ago

Rank #46 in TV & Film category

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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: 403 - How to Write a Movie

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In a Scriptnotes first, Craig hosts a solo episode presenting his general theory on screenwriting. He covers the central dramatic argument, the ‘why’ behind plot points, and of course, provides some umbrage on common script diagrams.

Good luck, and go torture your heroes!

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Jun 04 2019
44 mins
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Rank #2: 402 - How Do You Like Your Stakes?

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John and Craig discuss stakes, how to create them and what that means for your character. They also talk a little about Aladdin, the Game of Thrones ending, and of course, the agency stuff.

Don’t forget to join us for our live show in Los Angeles on June 13th with special guests including Alec Berg (Barry, Silicon Valley), Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Kourtney Kang (Fresh Off the Boat). Tickets are going fast!

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

May 28 2019
1 hour
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Rank #3: 400 - Movies They Don't Make Anymore

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John and Craig welcome back writer/director Chris McQuarrie (Valkyrie, Jack Reacher, the last two Mission: Impossibles) to celebrate the 400th episode with a new round of ‘This Kind of Movie.’

Given our success saving the romantic comedy, we focus on other movie genres that aren’t getting made anymore and discuss how to bring them back. From sports comedies to erotic thrillers, we examine the classics of each genre and find ways to approach making these films today.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

May 14 2019
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #4: 399 - Notes on Notes

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John and Craig talk to an audience of development executives about the experience of getting notes as a writer. They cover why these conversations kick in our fight or flight responses, how to frame notes through story, and ways to motivate writers towards a creative vision.

We take questions from the audience and discuss ‘the bad pitch,’ likable characters, and how to stay friends with a writer after a breakup.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

May 07 2019
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #5: 404 - The One with Charlie Brooker

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John talks with Charlie Brooker (creator, writer, and executive producer of Black Mirror) about his groundbreaking series and the opportunities and challenges of writing an anthology.

We also touch on the nature of reality, the difficulty of reflecting culture while you influence it, and experimental storytelling.

Our live show is in two days on June 13th, buy your tickets now!

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Jun 11 2019
1 hour 22 mins
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Rank #6: 407 - Understanding Your Feature Contract

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John and Craig are joined by attorney Ken Richman and Laurie Espinosa of the WGA West for a detailed discussion of screenwriting contracts. They look at what to expect, where you can negotiate, and what to watch out for.

Follow along with the example contract on the episode page or here.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Jul 02 2019
1 hour 12 mins
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Rank #7: 401 - You Got Verve

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John and Craig introduce a new segment: The Scriptnotes Pitch Session! They listen to five listeners’ 90-second pitches and share their feedback on substance and style.

We also discuss the implications of Verve signing the WGA agreement and get special insight on an important creative decision in Chernobyl.

Join us for our live show in Los Angeles on June 13th with special guests including Alec Berg (Barry, Silicon Valley) and Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). Tickets are going fast!

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

May 21 2019
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #8: 406 - Better Sex with Rachel Bloom

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John and Craig welcome back longtime friend of the podcast Rachel Bloom (co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) to discuss how sex and sexuality are portrayed on both the big and small screen. They cover ways to approach sensitive topics in a writers room and the moments we still haven’t seen on screen.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Jun 25 2019
55 mins
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Rank #9: 405 - Live at the Ace Hotel

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John and Craig host comedy titans Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy), Ben Falcone (The Boss, Tammy), Kourtney Kang (Fresh Off the Boat), Rob McElhenney (Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and Alec Berg (Barry, Silicon Valley) onstage to discuss writing jokes, what they look for in a writing partner, and the heartbreak of movie endings.

We also record our first ever Scriptnotes commercial and introduce a new game called ‘Bot or Not.’

Recorded live from the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Thanks to Hollywood Heart for organizing this event and to a great audience!

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Jun 18 2019
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #10: 395 - All in this Together

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John and Craig explore the challenge of creating a movie with a group of heroes and multiple points of view. They’ll discuss options for structuring competing storylines, when to check back in with characters, and managing personal versus group stakes.

We also answer listener questions on a bunch of topics including things Craig tweets!

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Apr 09 2019
54 mins
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