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 • 28 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.

    528 - M is for Minimum

    528 - M is for Minimum

    John and Craig define and discuss important terms for writers: backends, profits, scales, floors, ceilings, and minimums. They trace the flow of money from WGA contracts to residuals and the downstream impact on animation writers.
    They also take a look at characters ‘finding themselves’ and harsh writing advice. Follow up includes Korean grammar, holiday movies, the phrase ‘fake it till you make it’ and whether you should introduce yourself as a writer.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, John and Craig analyze why movie dialogue has become harder to understand.
    Endeavor sells its content side CJ Entertainment WGA Health Fund now eligible for infertility treatments. For tips on understanding your contract, check out episode 407 A writer who moved off the grid and hates it advice by Blair Braverman Have You Considered Accountancy? How to Start Writing (and When to Stop): Advice for Writers By Wisława Szymborska (Edited and translated from Polish by Clare Cavanagh) review by Joanna Kavenna The Game Master’s Book of Non-Player Characters by Jeff Ashworth Canary Mail email service for MacOS and iOS Why Movie Dialogue is so Hard to Understand by Ben Pearson for Slashfilm Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! Craig Mazin on Twitter John August on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Timothy Vajda (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
    Extra - Way Too Interested in Supply Chains

    Extra - Way Too Interested in Supply Chains

    John joins Gavin Purcell’s Way Too Interested Podcast to discuss supply chain management and the current issues posed by the pandemic. Expert and reporter, Peter S. Goodman, joins to explain the history of global shipping, current trade policies, and our way out of the supply chain crisis.
    John and Gavin also discuss seeking inspiration, creative work, and the early internet.
    Links:
    Way Too Interested Podcast Writer Emergency Pack on JohnAugust.com and on Amazon! Writer Emergency Survival Guide – New! Gavin Purcell and on Twitter Peter S. Goodman and on Twitter Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! Craig Mazin on Twitter John August on Twitter 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 7 min
    527 - Die Hard

    527 - Die Hard

    John and Craig celebrate the holidays by releasing a special premium episode on the 1988 Christmas classic: DIE HARD.
    Die Hard created a new template for action movies, heroes, and villains, establishing tropes still seen in theaters. They discuss both structure and story to examine what screenwriters can take away from this film and why many have failed to replicate its success.
    In our super-size bonus segment for premium members, John interviews DIE HARD screenwriter Steven E. de Souza, who shares credit with Jeb Stuart. Steven reveals how he choreographed action scenes using the building’s blueprints, why the story switches POV, and how improv added realism to the film’s marriage dynamics. It’s a great lesson in why a screenwriter’s job doesn’t stop when turning in the draft.
    Links:
    Read the DIE HARD script on Weekend Read or online here. Feminist Analysis of Die Hard Movies That Made Us on Netflix, check out the Die Hard episode on S1! Sign up for premium here. Steven E. de Souza on Twitter John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Andy Roninson (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
    526 - Just One Question

    526 - Just One Question

    John invites some favorite guests on to answer a single question about their current projects. Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay explain how they moved the second season of The Mysterious Benedict Society from Canada to California. Aline Brosh McKenna talks about the challenges of directing a feature versus running a TV series. Data scientist Stephen Follows makes his best pitch for film school (and college in general).
    But first, John chats with Liz Hsiao Lan Alper about this year’s #PayUpHollywood survey, and recaps the IATSE deal and the WGA’s Additional Literary Material vote.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, Stephen talks through how he’d measure the value of screenwriting competitions in both hard and soft metrics.
    Links:
    PayUpHollywood Survey WGA Members Approve Change In Movie Credits To Better Reflect All Writers’ Contributions Hollywood crew union narrowly ratifies its contracts with studios. ‘Promised Land’ & ‘Mysterious Benedict Society’ Score Tax Credits For Moving To California I Will Not Read Your F*%!ing Script Shrubs Drink Recipe and Liz’s favorite Ikea Pine Needle Tea Yellow Jackets I Think You Should Leave Goldbelly Food Delivery Series Heat Liz Hsiao Lan Alper on Twitter Matt Manfredi on Twitter Phil Hay on Twitter Aline Brosh McKenna on Twitter Stephen Follows on Twitter and his website Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! Craig Mazin on Twitter John August on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Henry Adler (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.

    • 51 min
    525 - The Story This Was Based On

    525 - The Story This Was Based On

    John and Craig invite investigative reporter Zeke Faux (Bloomberg) for a new round of How Would This Be A Movie. They cover stories ranging from the secret history of sushi to fake Scottish rappers. Zeke shares what it’s like to option an article to Hollywood and tricks for getting noticed by producers.
    In follow-up, we get a romantic update from Oops and answer a listener question on whether it’s worth watching prior adaptations of a given work.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, we ask: what are the remaining distinctions between writing for Hollywood and writing for magazines?
    Scriptnotes Hoodies order by November 18 in time for the Holidays! Veterans in Media and Entertainment Movie Pass is Back! 339 – Mostly Terrible People sign up for the full episode at Scriptnotes.net Zeke Faux and on Twitter! How Thieves Stole $40 Million of Copper by Spray-Painting Rocks By Andy Hoffman and Benedikt Kammel Secret History of Sushi by Daniel Fromson with illustrations by Igor Bastidas for the NYT The Migrant Laborers Who Clean Up after Disasters by Sarah Stillman for the New Yorker ‘The story of a weird world I was warned never to tell’ by Sarah McDermott for the BBC Silibill N’ Brains: Meet the Two Scottish Rappers Who Conned the World by Tom Seymour for Vice and Fake It Till You Make It: The Great Hip Hop Hoax by Samuel on DDW Magazine Inevitable Foundation Friendsgiving Miry’s List Jasmila Žbanić, Quo Vadis, Aida? and #Craigana Roam Research Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! Craig Mazin on Twitter John August on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Ryan Gerber (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
    524 - The Home Stretch

    524 - The Home Stretch

    John and Craig coach writers through the final laps of a screenplay. They revisit conversations on how to plan for a successful conclusion, navigate the second half of Act Two (joined by Aline!), and cross the finish line with the perfect final moment.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, John and Megana talk about writing endings and ending writing sessions.
    Links:
    Scriptnotes Episode 44: Endings for Beginners Scriptnotes Episode 152: The Rocky Shoals Scriptnotes Episode 392: The Final Moment Lindsay Doran’s Ted Talk Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! Craig Mazin on Twitter John August on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Henry Adler (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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

DelFuego66 ,

Fantastic Podcast

A brilliant podcast for anyone interested in scriptwriting.

Jamiedotdotdot ,

Hugely informative...

… and a MUST for any prospective writer (of the screen or otherwise).

An Mactire ,

Top notch

Always insightful, informative and amusing. We are fortunate these top pros are imparting their wisdom for free to us every week.

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