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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 & Film

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.

    472 - Emotional States

    472 - Emotional States

    Craig and John get emotional. They look at characters’ inner emotional states–why they matter and how to approach them as writers.
    We also examine the state of feature residuals and answer a listener question about how long you should wait before turning in your work.
    Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members, we’ll talk Jeopardy! Our friend Kevin Walsh is the current champion, and we hope not to jinx him by discussing it.
    Slinky Movie Scriptnotes Voting Special! Eric Roth WGA Residuals Follow along to the discussion of Feature Residuals in 2020 Lucky Exports Unmemory Kevin Walsh on Jeopardy! 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.

    • 59 min
    179 - The Conflict Episode, Rebroadcast

    179 - The Conflict Episode, Rebroadcast

    Craig and John discuss conflict — why it’s bad in real life but essential in screenwriting. We define six forms of conflict common in movies, then look at ways to sustain conflict within a scene and throughout a story.
    We also look briefly at Whiplash, both the conflict between its two main characters and the controversy over whether it should be considered an original or an adapted screenplay.
    And in an all-new bonus segment for premium members, we discuss our relationships with the teachers in our lives.
    This episode originally aired on January 13, 2015 here.
    Links:
    Academy & WGA At Odds Over ‘Whiplash’ Screenplay on Deadline Snowpiercer: Left or Right on YouTube Star Trek: The Next Generation In 40 Hours by Max Temkin Weekend Read now has 21 award season scripts (and counting) Sous-vide cooking on Wikipedia Sansaire home sous-vide macine Slow-poached eggs from Momofuku Spoiled Brats: Stories by Simon Rich, and its short story Gifted Rate us on iTunes and help new listeners find Scriptnotes Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Jason Young (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 8 min
    471 - Sing What You Can’t Say

    471 - Sing What You Can’t Say

    John and Craig welcome back Rachel Bloom (co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) to talk about songwriting–both the creative process and the business of writing songs for film and television.
    We also discuss a new report about sexual harassment in Hollywood and ageism in the industry.
    Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members, John and Rachel talk about revivals.
    Links:
    The Hollywood Commission Anita Hill’s Commission Launching Industry-Wide Platform to Report Sexual Harassment in Hollywood WGA West Career Longevity Committee Demands “Inclusion And Equity” For Older Writers List of Academy Award for Best Director winners by age Ages of Top Grossing Screenwriters and Directors Boys in the Band on Netflix Follow comedian Demi Adejuyigbe on Twitter Let Go or Be Dragged Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Rachel Bloom on Twitter John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Rachel Bloom and Jack Dolgen (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
    470 - Dual Dialogue

    470 - Dual Dialogue

    John and Craig examine what happens when characters talk over each other, and the best ways for writers to think about these moments and portray them on the page.
    We also follow up on delayed movies, mergers, and assistant pay.
    Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members, we discuss Halloween (the holiday, not the movie).
    Links:
    Movie Releases Pushed Black Widow Shifted to Summer 2021 Quibi Sale All the Trades are Basically One Company UTA Raises Assistant Pay WGA Election Results Board of Directors Scriptnotes, Ep 465 Scriptnotes, Ep 370 Judith Butler on the Culture Wars, JK Rowling and Living in “Anti-Intellectual Times” Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Med Dyer (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
    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
    You can download the episode here.

    • 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

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