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Scriptnotes Podcast

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Rank #30 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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1572 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

1572 Ratings
Average Ratings
1428
83
26
22
13

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
Cover image of Scriptnotes Podcast

Scriptnotes Podcast

Updated 4 days ago

Rank #30 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: 412 - Writing About Mental Health and Addiction

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John moderates Breaking the Stigma, a panel on addiction and mental health with guests Gemma Baker (creator of CBS’s Mom), Dr. Corey Waller (specialist in pain, addiction and emergency medicine), Dr. Holly Daniels (specialist in eating disorders and mental health issues), and journalist Zachary Siegel.

We discuss how addiction and mental health issues are portrayed in film and TV, more authentic ways of telling these stories, and how writers and creators can take care of their own mental health.

Special thanks to our incredible panelists, plus Kate Folb, Marty Kaplan, and the entire team at Hollywood Health and Society!

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here

Aug 06 2019
1 hour 24 mins
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Rank #5: 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
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #6: 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 #7: 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
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #8: Wikipedia Movies

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ohn and Craig host a new round of How Would This Be a Movie. Instead of three stories in the news, this time they tackle three articles from Wikipedia to look at what you get using just those facts versus using a more detailed article.

We also answer listener questions about real-life subjects, showing your work and applying the Mazin method to television.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

Jul 23 2019
59 mins
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Rank #9: 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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