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
    • 5.0 • 24 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.

    490 - Secrets and Lies

    490 - Secrets and Lies

    John and Craig investigate the cyclical relationship between secrets and lies. They discuss character motivations for lying and how the tension of a secret can hold a story together. To illustrate the discussion, John invites Craig to solve our first-ever How Would This Be a Movie mystery, the Case of the Fatherless Child.
    We also talk about the dreaded “why now?” note, the questionable wisdom of “you either have it or you don’t,” and whether we are team PRE-LAP.
    Finally in the bonus segment for premium members, we discuss travel and our plans post-pandemic.
    Links:
    Download Weekend Read to read the ‘Awards 2021’ scripts Lying: Moral Choices in Public and Private Life by Sissela Bok Julie Plec on Twitter Kitty Letter Game Inked Game Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Daniel Green (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao and edited by Matthew Chilelli. Email us at ask@johnaugust.com
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    • 59 min
    489 - Kingdom of Cringe

    489 - Kingdom of Cringe

    John and Craig tackle the growing mailbag to answer listener questions on writing uncomfortable scenes, options vs. sales, and portraying internet stories on screen.
    We also follow up on screenwriting structure and address what’s missing in text messages on television.
    Finally in our bonus segment for premium members, we offer advice on living in small towns versus big cities.
    Links:
    TV Characters Don’t Have Text History. This Is Not OK by Zak Jason John’s post on feature residuals Chris Lee for Vulture, on the GameStop projects in development Overnight Documentary Why Computers Will Never Write Good Novels by Angus Fletcher Negaoryx Twitter Response to Trolls and for reference Schrödinger’s Douchebag Sarah Silverman Twitter Troll Special thanks to Bo Shim! Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Nora Beyer (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 10 min
    488 - What Actually Happened in the Agency Battle

    488 - What Actually Happened in the Agency Battle

    John and Craig take a look back at the WGA-Agency campaign, revisiting the initial assumptions, what went right, what went wrong, and what lessons were learned. Then they finally decode the encrypted USB drive John handed Craig a year ago.
    We also follow up on social media and answer listener questions on cold feet and how screenwriters take vacations.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, we offer advice to our 20-year-old selves.
    Links:
    Last of Us casts Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey WGA PR and Social Media Event join John this Thursday, February 18th, 2021. Timeline of the WGA Agency Campaign Scriptnotes 389: The Future of the Industry Sea Lioning Kikkerland Make Your Own Music Box Kit Thor Knai, DnD Dungeon Master for hire Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! 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
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    487 - Getting Staffed in 2021

    487 - Getting Staffed in 2021

    John and Craig debate best practices for writers looking to staff for television rooms–including whether you should be on social media and how to approach a showrunner meeting.
    We also take a look at the GameStop story and discuss whether and how this should be a movie. Then Liz Alper and Jamarah Hayner join us to discuss the impact of covid shutdowns on assistants.
    Finally in our bonus segment for premium members, we share our awkward dating stories.
    Links:
    Lil Yachty Uno Movie PayUpHollywood Results and article Thank you to Liz Alper and Jamarah Hayner! The Gamestop movie at Netflix, MGM, and RatPac Rachel Miller Twitter Thread Check out Rachel’s nonprofit Film2Future here! What the next generation of editors need to tell their political reporters by Dan Froomkin Whitney Houston and Brandy singing Impossible from Cinderella Stella Zawistowski Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription, also we’re now offering annual memberships! 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
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    486 - Sexy Ghosts of Chula Vista

    486 - Sexy Ghosts of Chula Vista

    John and Craig discuss how screenwriters use irony to build tension and texture, and why the term should be freed from its pedantic literary shackles.
    Then it’s another round of the Three Page Challenge, where we look at the first three pages of listener-submitted scripts ranging from multidimensional ghost stories to erotic pleasure principles. We also follow up on ethical female characters and why Craig left Twitter.
    Finally in our bonus segment for premium members, we discuss money and the return on happiness.
    Links:
    Irony and cosmic irony Three Page Challenge: Echopraxia or an Interdimensional Coming of Age Ghost Story by J Vernon Reha Three Page Challenge: The Little Death by Autumn Palen Three Page Challenge: Chula Vista by Kristen Delgado Thank you to all of our Three Page Challenge submissions! Apply here to be considered for our next round. GeoGuessr Noah Kalina Newsletter Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Nora Beyer (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 13 min
    485 - Unions and Guilds

    485 - Unions and Guilds

    John and Craig explain Hollywood’s guilds and unions. They cover the history, the challenges, and their hopes for the future.
    We also look at character alignments and whether it’s helpful for writers to chart out their character’s traits. We follow up on eight sequence structure and mockable IP and Throughout the episode, Craig tries to solve the mystery of John’s sweet fingers.
    Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members, we talk about the screenwriting guru turned Qanon leader.
    Links:
    Ballard C Boyd for Stephen Colbert’s show Queen’s Gambit Rubik’s Cube Hollywood’s Unions Celebrate Inauguration Of President Joe Biden & VP Kamala Harris: “Most Pro-Union President” & “Partner In The White House” by David Robb Biden Gave Trump’s Union Busters a Taste of Their Own Medicine by Mark Joseph Stern Impeached Ligature EA Wordlisted by Adam Aaronson Rhyme Zone Wandavision check out episode 3, written by Megan McDonnell! Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Malakai Bisel (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 8 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Amber Craig ,

Great advice and great topics

John & Craig are both very knowledgable about Screenplays and have great advice and topics that they cover. Their advice is great and really understandable. Although there is industry jargon they explain things clearly.

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