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.

    521 - Action Density

    521 - Action Density

    John and Craig talk action! They examine iconic scenes in classic movies to illustrate the relationship between intensity and density on the page.
    We also host a Three Page Challenge: Spooky Edition, our segment that invites listeners to submit writing samples for critique. This week we’re specifically looking at thrilling and chilling scenes. Follow up for the week includes updates on IATSE and predatory writers.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, we talk scary movies, things that scared us as kids, and what’s continued to haunt us.
    Links:
    Hollywood Strike Averted As IATSE & AMPTP Reach Deal On New Film & TV Contract Predatory Writer Thread on Ariel Relaford’s Twitter Learned League Fractal Forest by Nicholas Nyhof The Other Side of Night by Ellen Apswoude Big Evil by Lance Baughman Thanks to all our participants and our selected writers. You can submit your three pages here to be considered! Way Too Interested podcast by Gavin Purcell Respect your local school board! Also enjoy this SNL sketch. 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 Matthew Chilelli (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao and edited by Matthew Chilelli. Email us at ask@johnaugust.com
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    • 1 hr
    520 - You Can't Even Imagine

    520 - You Can't Even Imagine

    John and Craig discuss how the screenplay guides production — not just in what happens, but how it feels. They look at how the words on the page steer and inspire other departments, starting with the very first hires.
    We also cover predatory writers, getting in over your head, and what it’s like to have no visual imagination.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, we wade into the Bad Art Friend discourse.
    Links:
    Netflix 2-minute Viewership on ScreenRant Twitter Thread on Netflix Thumbnails Harvey Weinstein Orc in Lord of the Rings Dana Covarrubias explains “What the Clothes in Only Murders in the Building Say About the Show’s Characters” in Slate Working Podcast Aphantasia Many People Have a Vivid Mind’s Eye While Others Have None at All on the NYT LA County Adopt A Family Bad Art Friend by Robert Kolker Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! John August on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Layn Pieratt (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
    519 - How to Forget

    519 - How to Forget

    John and Craig discuss the art of planning and forgetting. How do you stay present in a scene when you know where the story is going? The guys offer tips for making sure your characters are driving the story — but on roads you built.
    We answer listener questions on setting the mood, manager requests, and insurance struggles for writing partners. We also follow up on the IATSE strike, the CAA-ICM acquisition, and streaming data.
    In our bonus segment for premium members we discuss fame in 2021: one-sided relationships, attention vs. recognition, and advice for writers managing a public persona.
    Links:
    Scarlett Johanssen and Disney Reach Agreement CAA Acquires ICM Academy Museum featuring Wizard of Oz Script Page Netflix Data Dump Caroline Graham and Kylie Stevenson’s podcast Lost in Larrimah and book, Larrimah Twitter Thread by Dylan Park How Blogs Broke the Web by Amy Hoy History of JohnAugust.com and John’s 1996 Blog Death Loop The Era of Mass Fame by Chris Hayes Wells for Boys SNL Sketch Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! John August on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Owen Danoff (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
    518 - Knives Outback

    518 - Knives Outback

    John and Craig brainstorm How Would This Be A Movie, looking at articles featuring kangaroo feuds in Australia, squatters in the Hamptons, and ghost historians in Palestine. Plus a romance between the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion.
    We also cover the potential IATSE strike, Tudum Day, and managing money.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, John and Megana defend sweater weather as Craig decries the commercialization of autumn and other things he blames on millennials.
    Happy Tudum Day! Watch John in Attack of the Hollywood Cliches Episode 513: Writing for Stars with Kelly Marcel IATSE Calls Strike Authorization Vote, as AMPTP Balks at Latest Contract Offer Knives Outback: A man is presumed murdered. In this town of 12, everyone is a possible suspect. by Mitch Moxley I was a Hamptons Squatter: How I Lived in Luxury for Free Jerusalem supernatural: Meet the Palestinian Man Hunting Ghouls, Ghosts and Jinn by Layla Azmi Goushey A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night by Ana Lily Amirpour Under the Shadow by Babak Anvari The Tin Man and the Lion by Brian Ferrari Liz Alper Twitter Thread on First Paychecks Tears in Rain: Do Androids Stream Electric Sleep? by Damon Krukowski Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Share your parasocial dads with a Scriptnotes Subscription Gift or treat yourself to a premium membership! Craig Mazin on Twitter John August 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.

    • 58 min
    517 - Smart People Talking About TV

    517 - Smart People Talking About TV

    This week, we revisit some of our favorite conversations with TV writers, including Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Alison McDonald (American Dad!), Ryan Knighton (In the Dark), Aline Brosh McKenna and Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend). They share their philosophies and practical advice for writing television.
    We talk about getting staffed, the first day in a writers room, when to speak, development heartbreak, and mapping out a story across seasons. Other important topics include lunch, how to dress, and hot tub brainstorm sessions.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, John and Megana answer listener questions about Scriptnotes production.
    Links:
    Mindy Kaling on IMDb and Twitter Alison McDonald on IMDb and Twitter Ryan Knighton on IMDb and Twitter Aline Brosh McKenna on IMDb and on Twitter Rachel Bloom on IMDb and on Instagram John Gatins on IMDb Scriptnotes, Episode 362: The One with Mindy Kaling Scriptnotes, Episode 368: Advice for a New Staff Writer Scriptnotes, Episode 350: Limerance One Thing You Should Read: Most Hollywood Writers Look Nothing Like America by Hannah Giorgis writing for The Atlantic 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 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 30 min
    516 - 10 Year Anniversary

    516 - 10 Year Anniversary

    Editor and critic Julia Turner puts John and Craig in the hot seat to review the past ten years of Scriptnotes. They cover the original mission, behind scenes fights, notable guests, and their biggest regrets.
    We also predict what we think the next ten years will bring and share a Scriptnotes love story.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, Julia has John and Craig play “How Would This Be A Movie?” with the past decade of Scriptnotes. From casting to romance and rivalry, they outline the Scriptnotes Cinematic Universe.
    Special thanks to Julia Turner for hosting! Listen to her every week on Slate’s Culture Gabfest.
    Links:
    Julia Turner on the LA Times and Slate Culture Gabfest The Matrix Trailer Scriptnotes, Episode 411: Setting it Up with Katie Silberman Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe The Academy Museum Hawk Deborah Vankin for the LA Times Lego Typewriter, check out John’s finished project! Ketchup Doritos Check out the Scriptnotes Index for our first 500 episodes Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! Julia Turner 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 13 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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