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 • 2.1K 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.

    555 - Marveling with Michael Waldron

    555 - Marveling with Michael Waldron

    John invites Michael Waldron (Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Loki) to share his origin story and offer advice on how to make the most of film school/internship opportunities.
    We discuss writing characters that cross the TV/film barrier and answer listener questions on preparing for success, looking for rejection, and how to track ideas.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, we discuss what writers need to know about working in Atlanta.
    Links:
    Michael Waldron on Twitter and on Instagram Donate blood with the Red Cross #BloodforBreck “Prove to the World You’ve Lost Your Son” by Elizabeth Williamson for Slate from Sandy Hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truth 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 Gerberding (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
    554 - Getting the Gang Back Together

    554 - Getting the Gang Back Together

    John and Craig offer guidance on wrangling groups of characters. This episode features a collection of craft topics that address how to build community on the page. They cover how to introduce relationships, structure features with multiple protagonists, reasons to split up the group, and how to reunite characters.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, John and Megana welcome our summer intern Drew Marquardt to discuss group dynamics in Stranger Things season four, part one. (Warning: conversation contains spoilers and unabashed Steve Harrington adoration.)
    Links:
    Scriptnotes Episode 360: Relationships Scriptnotes Episode 395: All in this Together Scriptnotes Episode 383: Splitting the Party Stranger Things on Netflix Hydroviv Water Filter Blot 2046 Manifesto 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 Rajesh Naroth (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao (ft. our summer intern Drew Marquardt and segments by Megan McDonnell) and edited by Matthew Chilelli. Email us at ask@johnaugust.com
    You can download the episode here.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    553 - Adapting Station Eleven

    553 - Adapting Station Eleven

    John welcomes writer/showrunner Patrick Somerville to explore the development process for Station Eleven. From finding the source material, organizing the writers room, to writing production drafts, they walk through the steps of creating a limited series. Along the way, Patrick explains how he transitioned careers from novelist to television writer, and advises a listener on prepping for staffing meetings.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, John and Patrick discuss creating a pandemic show during a pandemic.
    Links:
    Follow along with the Station Eleven pilot discussion! Read all of the Station Eleven scripts here. Station Eleven the series on HBO Station Eleven the book by Emily St. John Mandel Patrick Somerville on Twitter All about Love: New Visions by bell hooks Time in Ethiopia 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 Pedro 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 9 min
    552 - Parentheses Would Help

    552 - Parentheses Would Help

    John and Craig host a round of the Three Page Challenge where they look at listener pages and offer feedback on what’s working and how to avoid common pitfalls. This week we look at time jumps, reveals, and ticker-tape dialogue. We follow up on confusing credits, then answer listener questions on narrative geography, professional development and when it’s okay to take your pitch somewhere else. In our bonus segment for premium members, the guys share the secret to social media.
    Links:
    Ryan’s Elvis Question on Twitter Follow along with our Three Page Challenge Selections: Tag – You’re It by Suw Charman-Anderson, Halloween Party by Lucas Abreu & Zachary Arthur & Kyle Copier, Belly Up by Emme Harris Blockbuster, the Party Game The Hanger Reflex Sara Schaefer Silence Video 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 Nico Mansy (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 19 min
    551 - Making the Modern Comedy Series

    551 - Making the Modern Comedy Series

    John welcomes writers John Hoffman (Only Murders in the Building, Looking) and Brittani Nichols (Abbott Elementary, A Black Lady Sketch Show) to bring us behind the scenes of the comedy writers room. They explain ‘alts’ (alternative line jokes), crafting tone, and the process of pitching.
    We also discuss the sophomore season and different comedic engines. We answer listener questions on whether you need to live in LA and how to choose a writing sample.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, the group chats about being openly queer writers in Hollywood.
    Links:
    Only Murders in the Building on Hulu Abbott Elementary on ABC/Hulu John Hoffman on Twitter Brittani Nichols on Twitter Remittance by the Barrel by Ameena Walker The Knock LA Voter Guide 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.

    • 45 min
    550 - Entrances and Exits

    550 - Entrances and Exits

    John and Craig discuss the mechanics of getting characters in and out of scenes. They cover why writers might show a character’s entrance or exit, both what it accomplishes for the story and the expectations it sets up for the audience.
    We get an update from ‘Please Convince Me to Drop Out of Film School’ and answer listener questions on mortifying managers, cocktail conversations, and whether or not to use trigger warnings in a script.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, the guys discuss the longevity movement and whether they’d choose to live forever.
    Links:
    The Room – “Oh hi Mark” clip Scriptnotes, Episode 543: 20 Questions with John, Transcript Los Angeles Arts District: Hauser + Wirth, Night Gallery, Death + Company, Manuela Knotwords Game Upstep Orthotics 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 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.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

solarstsr123 ,

Love it

Such an insightful podcast. Always learn something new. And the hosts are generous sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience. My favorite episodes are 20 questions with Craig and John. Please make this a recurring episode!

CharlieMcN33 ,

549. Willa Paskin’s vocal fry is incredibly annoying!

Get rid of your fry Willa.

Orange leaf91 ,

Like a masters class in screenwriting

I’ve listen to several great screenwriting podcast. But listening to these guys like taking a masters class

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