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, 1.8K 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.

    Adapting with Justin Simien

    Adapting with Justin Simien

    John and Craig welcome writer/director Justin Simien (Dear White People, Bad Hair) to talk adapting movies to television, the value of film school and the birth of independent cinema.
    We follow up on the WGA/AMPTP deal and answer a listener question on writing stories about problematic historical figures.
    Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members we discuss the Hamilton musical on Disney+.
    Links:
    WGA AMPTP Dear White People Lemon Movie Olaplex Electoral Vote I May Destroy You Hamilton on Disney+ Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Justin Simien 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
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    459 - International Television

    459 - International Television

    John and Aline Brosh-McKenna co-host a special panel with writers Anna Winger (Unorthodox, Deutschland 83), and Tony McNamara (The Great, The Favourite) for the French television festival Serie Series.
    We cover writing coming of age stories, how to choose the best format for a story, and writing with act breaks. We also discuss the production challenges and opportunities of working internationally and how to find a common language on set.
    Links:
    Check out Serie Series and also find the video recording of the session here! Unorthodox The Great Algonuts by Eric Drass Beer Bread Remastered: The Lion’s Share Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Anna Winger on Twitter Tony McNamara Aline Brosh McKenna on Twitter 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
    You can download the episode here.

    • 1 hr
    458 - Collapsing Scenes

    458 - Collapsing Scenes

    John and Craig examine how and why it can be necessary to collapse scenes in a rewrite.
    They also follow-up on returning to production, portrayals of police on screen and assistant pay.We then welcome Michelle Amor, Hilliard Guess, and Bianca Sams —  co-chairs of the WGA West’s Committee of Black Writers —  to discuss how Hollywood needs to change the way it hires and promotes Black writers.
    Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members, we talk about the return of professional sportsball.
    Links:
    WGA West Committee of Black Writers Call on Hollywood to Revolutionize the Way Our Industry Hires Writers Immersive Light Field Video with a Layered Mesh Representation Stella & Chewy’s Freeze-Dried Raw Marie’s Magical Dinner Dust for Dogs Hilliard Guess on Twitter Bianca Sams on Twitter Michelle Amor on Twitter Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! 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 3 min
    457 - Getting Staffed in Comedy Variety

    457 - Getting Staffed in Comedy Variety

    John and Craig welcome writer and performer Ashley Nicole Black (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, A Black Lady Sketch Show) to discuss comedy and variety shows — how they’re written and how to get a job writing them.
    We also talk about studio diversity programs, why additional training can send the wrong message, and how to speak up in a writers room. Then we answer listener questions on idea ownership, writing police stories, and follow up on digital writer’s rooms.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, we talk about fireworks.
    Links:
    Ashley Nicole Black on Twitter Ashley’s Twitter Thread on Diversity Programs Ashley on Drunk History on Nichelle Nichols NPR’s reading of the Emanicipation Proclamation The Loveland Foundation Mike Birbiglia’s Working it Out The New One Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! 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
    You can download the episode here.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    456 - Too Much at Once

    456 - Too Much at Once

    John and Craig follow up and give updates on the many topics we’ve been talking about the past few weeks, including police on screen, assistant pay, short seasons and restarting production.
    We also hear from a past Three-Page participant on their experience post-challenge and cover highlights from the WGA’s Inclusion and Equity report.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, we’ll be talking about computers: what we’re using, and what we’d like to see.
    Links:
    Chevalier’s Local Author Event, Saturday June 20th at 2pm Police officers are often glorified on TV shows. Here’s what it looks like when they aren’t. by Bethonie Butler WGA Inclusion and Equity Shorter and Fewer Seasons, Is TV Sabotaging Itself? The Metrosexual episode of Decoder Ring by Willa Paskin Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Joey Hillenbrand (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
    455 - Police on Screen

    455 - Police on Screen

    John and Craig discuss how police and policing are portrayed on screen, and writers’ responsibilities to thoughtfully reflect society.
    Then, we answer listener questions about freaking out in meetings, how we deal with feedback, and whether to write books or movies.
    And in our bonus segment for premium members, we’ll discuss the possibility that Craig does not exist.
    Links:
    Black Lives Matter Campaign Zero Baba is You Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Jason Azziz (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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

Joshua A. Mangrum ,

One of the Best Screenwriting Podcasts!

I freaking LOVE this show!

John and Craig give unbelievable screenwriting advice, both awesome business advice and practical advice on the page.

njdmia ,

John why do you talk so fast

Please show down I want to hear what you have to say

freshtalent ,

Thank you for these informative and sharing eps

Thank you for these informative and sharing eps. Really appreciate the wisdom and practical teaching here.

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