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 • 184 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.

    469 - Loglines are for Other People

    469 - Loglines are for Other People

    John and Craig tackle loglines: what they are, how people write them, and why screenwriters shouldn’t worry all that much about them.
    We also discuss updates on the WGA agency deal and listener questions on lawyers, options, and ASL.
    Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members, we discuss gaming consoles.
    Links:
    CAA Signed Deal Madonna to direct biopic, Diablo Cody to write. Blogpost on Loglines Write in to ask@johnaugust.com share advice on finding legal representation. ASL Gloss Breakdown Save Democracy Itself! Fundraiser Chris Stein on Twitter Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Michael Karman (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao and edited by Matthew Chilelli. Email us at ask@johnaugust.com
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    468 - Should You Pitch or Spec That?

    468 - Should You Pitch or Spec That?

    John welcomes back screenwriter Ryan Knighton (In the Dark) to discuss taking out a project as a pitch versus just writing it as a spec.
    Then we hear from listeners about the ideas they’re considering pitching vs speccing and offer our advice. We also look at the Academy’s new requirements for Best Picture, and whether they’ll have an impact on inclusion in Hollywood.
    Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members, Ryan explains his plans to train for the open adaptive surfing games.
    Links:
    Academy Awards Inclusions Standards for Best Picture Film Academy Inclusion Standards Diversity Ryan Knighton Crackdown Podcast Get a Flu Shot! Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Ryan Knighton on Twitter John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Lachlan Marks (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 10 min
    467 - Another Word for Euphemism

    467 - Another Word for Euphemism

    John and Craig talk about the words we use when referring to people or groups of people — and why those words keep changing. Nic Novicki of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge joins us to discuss writing inclusive storylines and characters.
    We also discuss single-use characters, WGA elections, and follow up on listener questions.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, we tackle the question: “If the standards for breaking into the screenwriting industry are so high, why are so many BAD movies made?”
    Links:
    Range Media WGA Elections Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Euphemisms are like underwear: best changed frequently One Hit Kill Game DM’s Guide to Roll 20 Get Ready for a Feeding Frenzy Over the NRA’s Corpse Whale Fall Champagne Bottle Stopper Clint Ford Twitter Thread Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Nic Novicki on Twitter John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Michael Karman (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 1 min
    466 - Questions! Or You've Got Moxie

    466 - Questions! Or You've Got Moxie

    John and Craig tackle their overflowing mailbag to answer some long-delayed listener questions on subtext, divorce, set decoration, and more!
    We also follow up on news about management companies and how this affects writers.
    Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members, we’ll talk about headshots and our experiences getting our photos taken.
    Links:
    Pete Micelli/Steve Cohen Management Launch Adds WME’s Rich Cook, UTA’s Roussos, Fox, Mckinnies, Moorhead To CAA’s Whigham, Sullivan, Bugliari, Cooper The Great Agency Exodus: Top Reps Flee the Majors As Management Civil War Looms After Agency Exodus, New Firm Pitches Investors On Star-Driven Production “Cash Cow” (Exclusive) Batman Teaser Mike Selinker on Twitter Zionor Swim Goggles Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything 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 4 min
    399 - Notes on Notes

    399 - Notes on Notes

    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.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, we talk about tips for getting notes, particularly on zoom.
    Links:
    Episode 99, Psychotheraphy for Screenwriters Episode 394, Broken but Sympathetic with Mari Heller Now accepting recommendations for updating the Listener’s Guide Submit to the Pitch Session here Watch Chernobyl May 6th and listen to The Chernobyl Podcast with Craig and Peter Sagal John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Mackey Landry (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
    465 - The Lackeys Know What They're Doing

    465 - The Lackeys Know What They're Doing

    John and Craig skip heroes and villains to examine the villain’s accomplices and how to write them more believably.
    We also answer listener questions, parcel out some umbrage, and discuss updates between the agencies and the WGA.
    Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members, we talk tips for travel during the pandemic.
    Links:
    Scriptnotes Episode 101 Transcript Seth MacFarlane to do Winds of War Redshirt John Scalzi WGA Agency Trial Pushed to 2021 How We Record Scriptnotes Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Michael Karman (send us yours!) Gift a Premium Subscription at Scriptnotes.net Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao and edited by Matthew Chilelli. Email us at ask@johnaugust.com
    You can download the episode here.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
184 Ratings

184 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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