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 • 2.2K 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.

    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
    561 - Why Now?

    561 - Why Now?

    John and Craig tackle the third question every development executive asks: “why now?” What makes an idea relevant to the moment? They offer ways writers can think about this early on in their process, including reframing it as “how now?” instead.
    We then talk about reversals and look at how they work on the page, using a scene from Chernobyl. This week’s follow up includes discussions on abortion access, post-release editing, and the impact of cancelling an almost-finished movie.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, the guys debate when to engage with stupid people and when it’s best to ignore them.
    Links:
    Lots of exciting updates for premium members coming up, sign up for a membership here! WGA Health Plan covers travel for abortion-related expenses More Than 400 TV Showrunners Demand Netflix, Disney and More Offer Safety Protocols in Anti-Abortion States Batgirl Shelved Netflix Retroactively Editing Stranger Things The Falconer by Annie Kaempfer, watch here! Follow along with this discussion on reversals – Chernobyl scene here, full script here. Antlers Do What No Other Bones Can by Katherine J. Wu for The Atlantic House of DaVinci 3 video game 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 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.

    • 57 min
    560 - Books and VFX

    560 - Books and VFX

    John and Craig look at visual effects from both a creative and budgetary perspective. From set extensions to blue screens, the guys discuss the hidden costs and tricks of post-production.
    We also cover the options screenwriters have when optioning books. We cover formal (and less-formal) arrangements, loose adaptations and answer a listener question on making shorts.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, we share our experiences with nightmares and the secret behind Craig’s anti-monster spray.
    Links:
    Craig went to Comic Con 2022 to Moderate a Mythic Quest Panel Will Netflix be Alright? by Dave Karpf God John’s 1998 short film Stray Annapurna videogame Raising the Stakes videos How to Make a Blockbuster Trailer 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.

     

    • 52 min
    559 - Dating Your Writing Partner

    559 - Dating Your Writing Partner

    John and Craig weigh in on writing partner romances, voice-y scripts, character chemistry and end-of-draft treats in this week’s listener questions.
    We also host a round of How Would This Be A Movie, featuring stories on treasure hunts, jailed activists, and a sports scam. We look at how these news articles would translate to film/television and most importantly, whether they should be adapted at all.
    In our bonus segment the guys share hacks for remembering new people and make a pitch for name tags on set.
    Links:
    Eric Webb’s Twitter and Memorial Fundraiser Mystery of the Buried Owl by Phil Hoad for the Guardian Rodney Stotts Used to Hustle Drugs in Southeast DC. Now He’s One of the Few Black Master Falconers in America by Rodney Stotts for the Washingtonian This lawyer should be world-famous for his battle with Chevron – but he’s in jail by Erin Brockovich for the Guardian It Really Wasn’t Cricket: The Strange Case of the Fake Indian Premier League by Sameer Yasir for the NY Times Werewords Game Tiramisu Recipe in the New York Times Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Sign Up for 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 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 1 min
    558 - Magnetic Characters

    558 - Magnetic Characters

    John and Craig are back together! They discuss the magnetism that draws viewers into a story, pulls characters together and pushes them through the narrative.
    We follow up on adulting, gun violence and remote writers rooms. We also look at the new animation writer contract and the CW sale.
    For our premium members, check out our bonus episode with the creator of Wordle and the author of 50 Years of Text Games about ways to use words for fun and profit.
    Links:
    Animation Guild Members Ratify New Three-Year Contract As Nexstar Deal For Control Of The CW Nears Finish, Ownership Structure Comes Into Focus John’s Adulting Twitter Thread Invisible Storm: A Soldier’s Memoir of Politics and PTSD by Jason Kander Fire Island by Joel Kim Booster on Hulu Heartstopper Series on Netflix and Graphic Novel by Alice Osman James Webb Space Telescope 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.

    • 42 min
    Scriptnotes

    Scriptnotes

    John and Craig revisit their analysis of the iconic 1995 comedy Clueless.
    A contemporary adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma set in Beverly Hills, Clueless follows protagonist Cher as she tries to do ‘good’ through make-over montages and match-making attempts. We discuss how the movie sets up the characters in the first ten minutes, why Cher’s voiceover works so well, and how Clueless ushered in a new era of teen movies.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, John and Craig share their own experiences learning to drive and how they’re preparing to teach their teenage daughters driving.
    Links:
    Clueless Clueless Script 8D sound example Creme Mains hand creme O’Keefe’s Working Hands cream Sign up for Scriptnotes Premium here. John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Ryan Dunn (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.
    UPDATE 4-11-20 The transcript can be found here.

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.2K Ratings

2.2K 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!

JLU4Life ,

Geez...

These non-entities think you care about their misguided political positions.
Just talk about screenwriting, door knobs

CharlieMcN33 ,

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

Get rid of your fry Willa.

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