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

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.

    567 - No Stars, Please

    567 - No Stars, Please

    John and Craig discuss movie and television stars. When do you want to cast a huge star, and when is it not a good idea? From big names in small parts to new names in big parts, they try to calculate how much fame a role requires.
    We follow up on the editing process and share advice on staying nimble. We also answer listener questions on recorded pitches, writing left behind, and time management with multiple contracts.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, we play a round of Two Truths and a Lie to test our deception skills.
    Links:
    Get tickets for the Scriptnotes Live Show Livestream Order Writer Emergency Pack XL here! Learn more about the original Writer Emergency Pack here WGA No Writing Left Behind A Year Ago, Nicole Kidman Tried To Save The Movies. She Had No Idea What Would Come Next. by David Mack for Buzzfeed Murray Bartlett and his Emmy’s acceptance speech. Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Check out the Inneresting Newsletter Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! Craig Mazin on Twitter John August on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Adam Pineless (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.

    • 56 min
    566 - Not Controversial At All

    566 - Not Controversial At All

    John invites writer/producer/actor Ashley Nicole Black (Ted Lasso, Black Lady Sketch Show) to discuss fandoms, cultural appropriation and boycotts over abortion access.
     
    They also answer simpler listener questions: What do TV producer titles really mean? When should you attach a showrunner? And what happens when you disagree with your manager?
     
    In our bonus segment for premium members, they talk parties! John and Ashley discuss the new norms for hosting people post-pandemic.



















    Links:
    Our first post-pandemic live show on October 19 is sold out, but you can still get tickets to the livestream here! WGA West Elections Coalition Of 1,425 Showrunners & Directors Raises $2.5M To Help Women Gain Access To Abortions While Calling On Studios To Step Up on Deadline Scriptnotes Episode 533, We See and We Hear Transcript Find out more about Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward’s Writing the Other book and workshops Hiromi Goto’s 6 Questions on cultural appropriation Critics and Fans Have Never Disagreed More About Movies by Lucas Shaw for Bloomberg Mack’s AquaBlock Swimming Earplugs Thigh Society Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Check out the Inneresting Newsletter Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! Ashley Nicole Black on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John August on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Bryan C. Sanchez (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
    565 - Sorry to Splaflut

    565 - Sorry to Splaflut

    John and Craig host a round of the Three Page Challenge, a segment where they offer feedback on listeners’ scripts. This week they discuss the whiplash of cutting too quickly, captivating title pages, and V.O. narration that actually works.
    We also cover the return of MoviePass, 25 years of Netflix, and AI generated language.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, we discuss senior year.
    Links:
    Our first post-pandemic liveshow will be on October 19, 2022 and tickets will be available to premium members on September 9! Order your new Scriptnotes Shirt here! Things I Think Are Awesome: Hunger Stones and Stability, Lynn Cherny’s substack Made-Up Words Trick AI Text-To-Image Generators Discover Magazine This Word Does Not Exist @Dribnet’s Twitter Thread on Splaflut MoviePass beta MoviePass Will Work This Time* Alex Kirshner writing for Slate Netflix turns 25 HBO Max Cynthia Littleton for Variety Secret History of Mac Gaming Happy Halpinmas Mark Halpin’s Labor Day Puzzles Three Page Challenge Selections: Oculum by Larry Bambrick, We’re All Very Tired by Marissa Gawel, Wake by Jordan Johnson Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Check out the Inneresting Newsletter Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! Craig Mazin on Twitter John August on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Matthew Jordan (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
    564 - Brocal Fry

    564 - Brocal Fry

    John and Craig answer questions from listeners teetering on the precipice of success. What projects do you take after a big win? How can you make the most money in your career? And how do you move forward when your dream project dies?
    We follow up on vocal fry/linguistic tics, HBO Max’s recent announcements, and the trades.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, the guys look at whether the start-up mentality of ‘failing fast’ can be applied to screenwriting.
    Links:
    HBO Max to Remove 36 Titles, Including 20 Originals, From Streaming Gabriella’s short film recommendations: Squirrel, Bev, Savasana, Learning to Walk, Lavender, Home OXO Coffee Grinder Fluid Morph Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Check out the Inneresting Newsletter Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! Craig Mazin on Twitter John August 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.

    • 55 min
    563 - VFX Deep Dive

    563 - VFX Deep Dive

    John and Craig welcome VFX supervisor Alex Wang (The Last of Us) and VFX producer/writer Addie Manis (Foundation) to pull back the (green screen) curtain on the visual effects production process.
    We ask the VFX experts to break down a sample scene, line by line to explain how they’d turn scene description into an actual scene. From their first read to the edit, they describe how the script guides the visual language for their projects.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, John and Craig talk about friends, both how to make them and how to keep them.
    Links:
    Follow along with the sample scene here. Alex Wang on IMDb Addie Manis on IMDb and Twitter The Perils of Audience Capture by Gurwinder Bhogal Craig’s Favorite Laser Pointer Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Check out the Inneresting Newsletter Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! Craig Mazin on Twitter John August on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Aguilera (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 2 min
    562 - Finish Line Blues

    562 - Finish Line Blues

    John and Craig discuss the confusing phenomenon of post-scriptum depression. They explain why even a good experience can feel like loss and offer tips for how to move on.
    We also cover the difficulty of balancing timelines in parallel storylines. Follow up this week includes a fuller explanation of the Monty Hall and a passionate defense of short films.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, we discuss our favorite party game: Codenames.
    Links:
    WGA Animation Pledge Scriptnotes Seasons 9 & 10, subscribe for all episodes and premium perks here Download Highland 2 for free if you’re a university student! Article Option Services The Optionist and Story Scout Check out the Interesting Newsletter on Shorts John’s short film God WGA Offers Trans Health Coverage The Rehearsal Nathan Fielder’s new show on HBO Max Kevin Wald’s Con Cryptics write in to ask@johnaugust.com if you can figure it out! Codenames Game, Codenames with Pictures, and more in the Codenames Universe! Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Check out the Inneresting Newsletter Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! Craig Mazin on Twitter John August on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Adam Pineless (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.

    • 49 min

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