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, 1.6K 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.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

Musaholic ,

If you wanna be a screenwriter start here!

I happily followed John August’s website for years for top notch screenwriting advice. And one day he physically streamlined his website (no shade just facts), which led to a head-on collision with the archives of this BRILLIANT podcast! And I’ve never looked back!

As someone who’s paid for screenwriting classes over years, I can say firsthand that this is all you need! Seriously. And that’s why it’s my fav podcast hands down. It’s easy to listen to while you’re doing chores or driving or doing anything you dislike bc it’s always entertaining and keeps you engaged and happy and if you have a soul, inspired. I have even gotten an insane amount of writer & creative friends I know to also start listening to this weekly, just by recommending ONE episode. And I say that ONLU bc it proves that it’s a legit info-palooza so good that once you start you likely won’t wanna stop listening. It also gives you up to the minute advice for an ever changing industry.

John & Craig are so different they genuinely balance each other out in a very Oscar & Felix way, lol. Even the bulk of their individual career experiences for the most part cover different sides of the screenwriting industry. Their connections also bring AMAZING guests, and super thoughtful, inclusive conversations about writing and the entertainment industry at large. This includes a bunch of topic specific live shows that address larger ideas about writing and being a writer. Everything from how to write responsibly about mental health, to what networks & creative execs should consider to make the most out of working with writers.

And say like with your kids that you prefer one more than the others even though you’ll never admit it, lol, they have a number of shows where it’s sometimes just one of them (bc of scheduling). Though I will say in all honesty that they are at their best when they’re one-on-one with each other. They also balance each other out when it comes to interviewing guests. Plus their convos with guests are so natural that it feels like they’re letting you hanging out with them, instead of lecturing to you. Plus Scriptnotes has a very interactive online community if being engaged & trying to be a working writer is your thing!

Basically I feel like there is something for every writer & creative somewhere in the world that Craig & John have created. I hope you enjoy it!

MichelleonBeach ,

Listened to one on contracts

Although I have never gotten to an executed contract, I hope to some day. Excellent information and attention to details. A must listen to podcast for writers of every platform.

Thom Forke ,

Best Audio Classroom for Writers

I just discovered Scriptnotes and have been barreling through the backlog ever since. They have such useful knowledge and make me think about things in a completely different way. I can only imagine how many writers out there have dramitcally improved their skills based off the things they've heard from John and Craig.

Thanks so much for creating such a invaluable learning space or your community!

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