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
    • 4.8, 258 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.

    464 - Creating a Visual Language

    464 - Creating a Visual Language

    John talks with writer-director Lorene Scafaria and costume designer Mitchell Travers about their collaboration on Hustlers, and how to think visually about story.
    We discuss locations, production design, cinematography, and choreography with a major focus on pre-production.
    And in our bonus topic for premium members, John catches up with Mitchell seven months after our initial conversation.
    Links:
    Directors Close-Up: Tacky Fashion and the Visual Language of ‘Hustlers’ – Film Independent Hustlers Lorene Scafaria and on Twitter Mitchell Travers and on Instagram 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 9 min
    463 - Writing Action

    463 - Writing Action

    John and Craig talk action! It’s an all-craft episode about how words on the page become high-adrenaline events on the screen.
    We also follow up on WGA news and agency lay-offs.
    In our bonus segment for premium members we try to discuss the Emmys but mostly talk about teenage girls’ obsession with Criminal Minds.
    Links:
    Action Scenes PDF, download and follow along with the discussion! Support Staff Emergency Relief Fund CAA Lays Off Agents and Employees WGA East and West members voted to approve the new contract Good Sudoku Good Soduku App Ghosts of Tsushima 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 18 min
    462 - Development Heck

    462 - Development Heck

    John and Craig discuss the special purgatory that projects can get lost in and how to navigate your way out.
    We also follow up on Assistant Pay, the 2020 WGA report, and Craig’s writing process for television.
    Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members we discuss wine!
    Links:
    WME, Endeavor Content Increase Assistant Pay Nikki Finke in 2009 on WME Wages The General, with Buster Keaton WGA 2020 Annual Report Mythic Odysseys of Theros Caddyshack 2 Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Brendan Bergan (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
    461 - The Right Manganese for the Job

    461 - The Right Manganese for the Job

    John and Craig bring another round of How Would This Be A Movie, with a mix of stories from history and the headlines. In this episode we discuss an unexpected guest at a funeral, a lost Russian submarine and a social influencer murder plot.
    We also look at the latest WGA developments, including the new agency agreement with UTA and the vote on the studio agreement. Then, we answer listener questions on an UNO movie, editing while writing and how to write a high-profit movie.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, we discuss how 2020 would be a movie.
    Links:
    WGA Studio Summary WGA Studio Agreement UTA WGA Deal Wife crashes own funeral to confront husband who paid to have her killed by Sarah Kaplan Project Azorian by David Shukman Instagram influencer sentenced to 14 years for violent plot to steal domain name by Nick Statt Battle of Blair Mountain Swift UI and Swift Playgrounds Disbelief Followed by Expression: Alonzo Mourning Gif Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by James Llonch (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 11 min
    461 - Adapting with Justin Simien

    461 - Adapting with Justin Simien

    John and Craig welcome writer/director Justin Simien (Dear White People, Bad Hair) to talk adapting movies to television, the value of film school and the birth of independent cinema.
    We follow up on the WGA/AMPTP deal and answer a listener question on writing stories about problematic historical figures.
    Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members we discuss the Hamilton musical on Disney+.
    Links:
    WGA AMPTP Dear White People Lemon Movie Olaplex Electoral Vote I May Destroy You Hamilton on Disney+ Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Justin Simien on Twitter 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 9 min
    459 - International Television

    459 - International Television

    John and Aline Brosh-McKenna co-host a special panel with writers Anna Winger (Unorthodox, Deutschland 83), and Tony McNamara (The Great, The Favourite) for the French television festival Serie Series.
    We cover writing coming of age stories, how to choose the best format for a story, and writing with act breaks. We also discuss the production challenges and opportunities of working internationally and how to find a common language on set.
    Links:
    Check out Serie Series and also find the video recording of the session here! Unorthodox The Great Algonuts by Eric Drass Beer Bread Remastered: The Lion’s Share Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Anna Winger on Twitter Tony McNamara Aline Brosh McKenna on Twitter 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.

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
258 Ratings

258 Ratings

K.SaroWiwa ,

Wow!

Pure bliss. Tremedous tool if you’re at all interested in building stories for performance (mainly big screen), and a profound (and very frequently funny) insight into the spring works if you’re just curious. Highly Recommended ☮️

Mr Sandy Loam ,

A Free Education in Screenwriting...

At 400 episodes in you can listen to an hour episode a day for a year and still have a bunch left over.

You get the last 20 eps for free but can access the rest for just two lousy bucks a month - less than a coffee.

So 24 dollars for a year’s education, and the average university course is how many thousands?

I started writing in the UK 25 years ago and stopped after a year because I SUCKED. This was way before I had the internet and had access to the wealth of information that is just now a couple of clicks away.

Everybody wanted to be Tarantino back then, including myself.

Two years ago, I had a relationship breakdown coupled with a business collapse.

Dark times.

I remembered how much I enjoyed the writing and decided to give it a crack again. That’s when I found Scriptnotes.

I used it as therapy, listening to several episodes a day when I wasn’t watching Hollywood writer round tables or studying the formatting.

After a year, I had a finished pilot and managed to get a read from a VERY established writer.

He told me I was a great writer, he owed me nothing and had nothing to gain from lying to me.

It’s that whole 10,000 hours thing. You gotta read, read, read - write, write, write - and John and Craig can very entertainingly fill 400 of those 10,000 hours for you.

I’ve written this sat in the car waiting for a takeout curry.

Cheers!

Jay, UK.

pabloamigo ,

Amazing podcast for anyone interested in writing

Inspiring insight into the creative process from John and Craig, two leading Hollywood screenwriters. If you are, or have designs on being, involved in the movie making process - this podcast is an invaluable resource. Thoroughly recommended!

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