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
    • 4.9 • 185 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.

    478 - The One Hour Drama

    478 - The One Hour Drama

    John welcomes writer-producers Dailyn Rodriguez (Queen of the South, Ugly Betty) and Chad Gomez Creasey (NCIS: New Orleans, Castle) to talk about writing network dramas and production during a pandemic.
    We answer listener questions on act breaks, politics on tv, and sustainable story engines.
    Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members we discuss ‘ambient television’ and our favorite comfort-shows.
    Links:
    Beowulf: A New Translation by Maria Dahvana Headley WGA Health Plans Calida Garcia Rawles “Emily in Paris” and the Rise of Ambient TV for the New Yorker by Kyle Chayka Dailyn Rodriguez on Twitter Chad Gomez Creasey on Twitter Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Alex Winder (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.

    • 58 min
    477 - Counting Clowns

    477 - Counting Clowns

    John and Craig host another round of the Three Page Challenge. This week they cover how to use voice over, build suspense, and write alter egos for the screen.
    In follow up, we look at the day-and-date release of Wonder Woman 1984, updates in the WGA agency negotiations and of course the newly announced Uno game show.
    Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members we discuss autobiographies and what we’d include in our own.
    Thank you to all our Three Page Challenge participants!
    Links:
    Wonder Woman 1984 coming this Christmas! Assistants and support staffers, please fill out the #PayUpHollywood survey today! Uno Game Show Read along with our Three Page Challenge selections:RPG by Michael Seminario, Rodeo by Dwight Myfelt, and The Interview by Leilah Ruan I Want to be Where the Normal People Are by Rachel Bloom Melania’s ‘Auntie Gay’ Speech Harley Quinn Cartoon Show Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Mike Caruso (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 7 min
    476 - The Other Senses

    476 - The Other Senses

    John and Craig welcome back writer-director Scott Frank (Out of Sight, Minority Report, Godless) to discuss his new series The Queen’s Gambit and writing scenes that use senses beyond just sight and sound.
    We also answer listener questions on Voice Over narration and researching versus writing for a period piece.
    Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members we discuss Thanksgiving and a few things we’re grateful for this year.
    Links:
    If you’re an assistant or coordinator interested in a PayUpHollywood survey please email ask@johnaugust.com Queen’s Gambit Queen’s Gambit Script Pages Opening and Basement Chess Scene Queen’s Gambit Palette Inspiration Scott Frank Moleskine Notebooks Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light by Jane Brox Kitchen Butter Twist Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by William Phillipson (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
    475 - The One with Eric Roth

    475 - The One with Eric Roth

    John welcomes legendary screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, A Star is Born, Dune) to discuss his writing practice and how he gets in the head of his characters.
    We answer audience questions on how to trust your voice and approach adaptations.
    Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members John and Craig discuss election night and the days after. Like we did after the 2016 election, we’re including the bonus segment on the main feed this week. (Note: This was recorded on Friday before the final states were called.)
    Links:
    Eric Roth Thanks to the Writer’s Guild Foundation for organizing this event! MIT Technology Review and How to Escape the Present by Richard Fisher Why Joe Biden is Going to Win by Kendall Kaut Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Rajesh Naroth (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 21 min
    474 - The Calm One

    474 - The Calm One

    John and Craig explore quiet scenes of reflection and why these calm moments between big set pieces are so meaningful to characters and viewers.
    We also help a writer figure out how to pitch to his agent and answer listener questions.
    Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members, we talk about dogs.
    Links:
    YALL Write John’s panel is on Friday, November 13th at 3pm ET/12pm PT Drew Champion and Archibald’s Next Big Thing Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing by Jacob Goldstein The Origin of Capitalism: A Longer View by Ellen Meiksins Wood Debt – The First 5,000 years by David Graeber Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Peter Hoopes (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.
     

    • 50 min
    473 - I Regret My Quibi Tattoo

    473 - I Regret My Quibi Tattoo

    John and Craig reflect on Quibi, the short-lived short-form video company that announced its end. They talk about what happened and prognosticate wildly about the future of the entertainment industry.
    We also consider movie ideas to replace the Slinky movie and answer lots of listener questions.
    Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members, we discuss scary movies.
    Links:
    Slinky Movie Twitter Poll Magic 8 Ball Movie Quibi Shuts Down Hit and Run by Nancy Griffin and Kim Masters Quibi Loopholes Century City Descript DnD Heroes Feast Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! 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 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
185 Ratings

185 Ratings

KTMAndrews ,

A must listen for screenwriters

As a professional writer, this is a weekly podcast I never miss. Always packed with thoughtful programming, it never fails to bring insights for how to improve my craft. Thanks John & Craig!

Bollocks2U ,

It’s like they’re reading my mind

Even the stuff that is not relevant to me is engrossing.

Valledor ,

8 years and counting!

I discovered this gem of a podcast a few months ago. John and Craig have put together one of the best and most entertaining resources for writers, not just screenwriters.

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