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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.

Scriptnotes Podcast John August and Craig Mazin

    • TV und Film
    • 4.9, 47 Bewertungen

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.


4.9 von 5
47 Bewertungen

47 Bewertungen

Take only Memories ,

So wonderful!

Amazing show for all movie lovers. I don’t write scripts but I still listen to every episode.

Jay_Ez ,

This helped me BREAK IN - Yup. I mean in.

I'm an aspiring screenwriter from Berlin who never really listened to podcasts. I still don't - this is the EXCEPTION. John and Craig talk "about screenwriting and things that are inTeresting to screenwriters" for about 60 minutes every week.
This includes, but is not limited to:
- craft topics, like formatting, storytelling, etc.
- in that vein, they discuss pages by listeners in their Three Page Challenge, aka what worked in their opinion and why, what didn't work, and how to improve this. Took me two challenges to really appreciate this feature, but now I wouldn't want to miss it.
- industry stuff, like WAG negotiations, "scandals", news, etc. - especially listening to the first hundred episodes, it's so cool to see how things like Amazon Studios developed and were discussed.


I began with the freely available episodes, then quickly sprung for a subscription to listen to the by now almost 300 episodes whenever I want.

+ The app they created is GREAT (although it has a few usability issues that annoy me some days, but nothing major). You can download episodes when in your home wifi and then listen to them offline, which I found brilliant.
+ They have TRANSCRIPTS of EVERY EPISODE. EVERY EPISODE. Which is AWESOME!!! You can also just read them; so if you dislike listening to podcasts, just look into the Transcripts :)
+ It took me a few episodes to "get used" to Craig, but that very quickly turned into "growing fond" of him and his umbrage. It's complemented by co-host John's calm demeanour, making them a perfect match made in podcast heaven. So if your initial reaction to Craig is negative, don't let it deterr you! (That said, you might never grow fond of him. And that's fine.)

... for the first time, at least, since you have to keep breakin in, as John and Craig have also pointed out.

I just returned from a trip to meet with a potential co-writer/producer. I had no idea what to expect and how to best handle this situation apart from what my instincts were telling me.
John and Craig talk a lot about meetings, communicating your ideas as a writer, etc. - that alone was tremendously helpful since it gave me additional vocabulary.

What's more, listening to this podcast and their tales, tips, and personal experiences gave me... CONFIDENCE. Confidence in my instincts, confidence in my abilities, confidence that allowed me to be TRUE TO MYSELF. I went into this trip armed with my creativity and my idealism, didn't try to pretend I was someone I'm not. I FELT prepared, even though I could never have been, due in large part to John and Craig's podcast.

If your're a storyteller, no matter in which medium, LISTEN TO THIS. You might find it's not to your taste, but you will not regret it, I assure you.

PS: John August also does apps, which are great! Be sure to check them out.

PPS: They also produce tshirts, but haven't produced thim since I started listening... I hope they make a comeback soon!

Karim Hartel ,

Great podcast!

Scriptnotes is the only podcast I listen to religiously. Everything else I finish when I get around to it, but every Tuesday I make room to spend an hour or so in front of my computer, with my headphones in, and really listen to what John and Craig have to say about the craft, the business or life.

I came for the knowledge, but a big part of what makes this thing so great and why I keep coming back is how charasmatic and funny both of them are - somehow they're able to be a voice of reason, a comedy duo, professors, dads, priests/rabbis and motivators all at the same time.

I appreciate the honesty and the priceless information - I know my writing is better because of it. Keep it up!

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