20 episodes

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.

Scriptnotes Podcast John August and Craig Mazin

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

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.

    504 - Writing a Script in (insert number) Days

    504 - Writing a Script in (insert number) Days

    John and Craig discuss what comes after you land a movie deal–writing the script by a certain date. They offer tips, strategies, and calculations for budgeting time to deliver a draft.
    We also consider the statute of limitations on spoiler warnings and follow up on child prodigies, movie theaters and free will. Our listener questions this week include POV in a two hander and how to get out of a nightmare development trap.
    Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members John and Craig share their views on UFOs and extraterrestrial life. Spoiler: it’s all a simulation.
    Links:
    Alamo Drafthouse out of Bankruptcy Speculation that AMC may buy our beloved Arclight Warner Brothers Discovery Logo CAA Sells wiip Screen Compensation Guide for Streaming Services Screen Deal Tips 32 year old passes for 19 for TV contract Jacob Kaplan-Moss on estimating software development Bo Burnham’s Inside Jack Plotnick’s Disney Made a Tiki Room Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Eric Pearson (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao and edited by Matthew Chilelli.  
    Email us at ask@johnaugust.com
    You can download the episode here.

    • 56 min
    503 - When You're Given the Character

    503 - When You're Given the Character

    John welcomes writer/showrunner Dana Fox (Cruella, Home Before Dark, Isn’t it Romantic), writer/director Jac Schaeffer (WandaVision, Black Widow, Timer), and filmmaker/producer Lance Oppenheim (Some Kind of Heaven) to discuss characters you don’t control. From classic villains, comic book heroes, to real life subjects, we take a look at creating narratives around established characters.
    We introduce a new segment on the trades called “Didja see in Deadline…” and answer listener questions on writing at work.
    Finally in our bonus segment for premium members, we discuss naps! Dana Fox shares her recipe for the perfect nap and tips for getting better sleep.
    Links:
    Watch Cruella on Disney+ Home Before Dark Season 2 on Apple TV June 11th WandaVision on Disney+ Some Kind of Heaven on Hulu Didja see in Deadline about Timothée Chalamet To Play Willy Wonka In New Origin Tale, Kevin Spacey Will Return To Film In Franco Nero’s ‘The Man Who Drew God’, ‘F9’ Star John Cena Apologizes — In Mandarin — To China Over Calling Taiwan A Country, Amazon Confirms It’s Buying MGM For $8.45 Billion, Army of the Dead, Tig Notaro shot all her scenes alone. Dana Fox on Twitter Jac Schaeffer Lance Oppenheim on the web Slate’s Working podcast dialect coach Samara Bay You’re Wrong About Podcast – Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Dana’s nap app Positive Pregnancy with Andrew Johnson Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Matthew Chilelli (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao and edited by Matthew Chilelli. Email us at ask@johnaugust.com
    You can download the episode here.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    502 - Free Will (Or, It's Okay to Not Be a Screenwriter)

    502 - Free Will (Or, It's Okay to Not Be a Screenwriter)

    John and Craig discuss the concept of free will, specifically how it relates to fictional characters. They outline the tightrope screenwriters walk balancing characters with agency against obstacles that feel true.
    We also talk about decisions screenwriters face in their careers and why it’s okay (and difficult) to change paths. We answer listener questions about optioned scripts and child screenwriting prodigies.
    Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members we discuss AP exams. Warning: Craig has umbrage.
    The Scriptnotes Index Scriptnotes Guest List Help us update the Scriptnotes Wikipedia page Seth Rogan on Productivity The clockwork universe: is free will an illusion? by Oliver Burkeman Hacks with Jean Smart on HBO Max Girls 5eva on Peacock Horses are pretty because horses are pretty sketch on child-director prodigy Deepl Translator Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Matthew Chilelli (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao and edited by Matthew Chilelli. Email us at ask@johnaugust.com
    You can download the episode here.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    501 - Patterns of Success

    501 - Patterns of Success

    John and Craig reflect on the traits they’ve noticed in successful writing careers. Should you write everyday? Do you have to be good in a room? Is it more important to be original or flexible?
    We also follow up on genres, typos and address a listener question on harassment.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, we discuss our preferences in books from paper to bindings to jackets. No shock: we have opinions.
    Links:
    Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana Book Heartbreaker and The Breaker Upperers Noah Evslin’s pitch for Guild Awards Ira Glass on Taste Women in Film helpline for sexual harassment and misconduct in the entertainment industry:(855)WIF-LINE (855-943-5463) or reach out online here Hometown Takeover Standard Ebooks Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Brian Ramos (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao and edited by Matthew Chilelli.  
    Email us at ask@johnaugust.com
    You can download the episode here.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    500 - The Quincenterary

    500 - The Quincenterary

    John and Craig celebrate the 500th episode of Scriptnotes by welcoming back former Scriptnotes producers Stuart Friedel (Clifford the Big Red Dog, Vampirina), Godwin Jabangwe (Tunga), Megan McDonnell (WandaVision), and longtime editor Matthew Chilelli (Escape the Dark). The guys ask the producers questions about development, feedback, and writers rooms, uncovering Scriptnotes secrets along the way.
    We also share a special announcement! Then we invite two superfans to play a game of trivia–do you know which guest was asked never to return?
    Finally in our bonus segment for premium members, the producers flip the script and ask John and Craig questions about the past 500+ hours of Scriptnotes.
    Links:
    Find out more information about the The Scriptnotes Book Review the past 500 episodes at The Scriptnotes Index Stuart Friedel on the web Godwin Jabangwe on Twitter Megan McDonnell on IMDb Matthew Chilelli on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, and the web Megana Rao on Twitter Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro (and intro!) by Matthew Chilelli (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao and edited by Matthew Chilelli. Email us at ask@johnaugust.com
    You can download the episode here.

    • 56 min
    499 - Live and In Person!

    499 - Live and In Person!

    John welcomes Craig back into the studio to chat face to face for the latest How Would This Be A Movie, looking at trapped Russian pop stars, relationship saboteurs and an abandoned Cinderella city.
    We also answer listener questions on writing schedules and supporting characters, including a deep dive on Sebastian the crab’s personal life.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, Craig shares how he’s been getting ready for production in Calgary.
    Links:
    Rachel Syme Twitter Russian Man ‘Trapped’ on Chinese Reality TV show Finally Voted out After Three Months by Helen Davidson and Andrew Roth European Super Soccer League by Tariq Panja and Rory Smith The Saboteurs You can Hire to End your Relationship by Christine Ro Haunting Photos Reveal a Massive Abandoned Town of Disneyesque Castles by Jessica Cherner Dawn of the Necromancer on Kickstarter How the Internet Archive Digitizes Old LPs Dr. Fill and AI Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Andrew Smith (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao and edited by Matthew Chilelli. Email us at ask@johnaugust.com
    You can download the episode here.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Eddy Martens ,

Fun podcast for screenwriters

This must be one of the most entertaining podcast for screenwriters. Thanks to John and his buddy Craig, this show is fun and full of interesting stuff for writers for the big and the small screen.

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