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.

    533 - We See and We Hear

    533 - We See and We Hear

    John and Craig rant about prohibitive screenwriting advice and declare their allegiance to the “we see/we hear” convention. They analyze scripts from this year’s awards season to argue good story trumps all else.
    We also answer questions on screenplay fundamentals from parantheticals, action lines to script length.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, we consider: what is the screenwriting equivalent of boot camp?
    Links:
    The CW is for sale! Annie Hayes on Writing with an Invisible Illness on John’s blog Being the Ricardos by Aaron Sorkin The Lost Daughter by Maggie Gyllenhaal The Mitchells vs. the Machines by Mike Rianda And Jeff Rowe Passing by Rebecca Hall Belfast by Kenneth Branagh Tick, Tick, Boom by Steven Levenson Willy Wonka Script at the johnaugust.com library! Vigil show MIT Mystery Hunt 2022 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 William Brink (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 2 min
    532 - Mistakes of Yes

    532 - Mistakes of Yes

    John and Craig consider the choices writers and characters make based on fear, flattery, or FOMO. They offer guidance on how to make authentic choices and discern between want vs. being wanted.
    We also look at reshoots, both what they mean for production and the final story. We tackle listener questions on agents attending meetings, bad outlines, and unsupportive partners.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, we discuss how to discuss movies at a party.
    Links:
    A Good Life is Painful by Sean Illing The Sweet Spot by Paul Bloom Crazy Italian chocolate cake (egg free chocolate cake) by Chelsea Winter Baba is You 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.

    • 59 min
    531 - Scene to Scene

    531 - Scene to Scene

    John and Craig welcome the new year by discussing the art of transitions. They go beyond screenplay-specific terms to examine the psychology of moving through story beats.
    We cover the history of screenplays, the different ways to think about a scene, and how to create a punchline for each scene.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, we talk about transitioning out of conversations in person and on the phone.
    Links:
    Blog post on Transitions Scriptnotes Episode, 446: Back to Basics at 03:57 of this episode Scriptnotes Episode, 493: Opening Scenes at 26:06 of this episode Scriptnotes Episode, 89: Writing Effective Transitions at 44:12 of this episode A Trip to the Moon the 1902 Science Fiction Film by Georges Méliès The Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy Ron’s Gone Wrong 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 Henry Adler (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao, (with a segment produced by Stuart Friedel!) and edited by Matthew Chilelli. Email us at ask@johnaugust.com
    You can download the episode here.

    • 59 min
    379 - Holiday Live Show 2018 - Extended

    379 - Holiday Live Show 2018 - Extended

    John and Craig revisit ghosts of Christmas past in our Holiday Live Show 2018. They’re joined by Pamela Ribon (Ralph Breaks the Internet, Smurfs: The Lost Village), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Into the Spiderverse, The Lego Movie), Zoanne Clack (Grey’s Anatomy) and Cherry Chevapravatdumrong (Family Guy, The Orville) to discuss writing animated features, breaking into television, and how to disappoint your parents.
    We also rescue another genre, the big-screen holiday comedy, by playing a game about Christmas movies. Then we answer audience questions about useful notes and being the only woman in the room.
    In our bonus segment for premium members we discuss New Year’s Resolutions, our conversation includes defining ‘the line of action,’ constructing successful goals, and unraveling the nature of shame.
    Links:
    Thank you to the Writers Guild Foundation and the LA Film School for hosting us! Thank you, Writers Guild Foundation for making this event happen! And thank you to our incredible guests: Pamela Ribon, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Zoanne Clack and Cherry Chevapravatdumrong! Featured movies in the Santa Claus Is Bumming Me Down game are Four Christmases, Jingle All The Way, Deck the Halls, Fred Claus, Jack Frost, Surviving Christmas and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter Pamela Ribon on Twitter Phil Lord on Twitter Chris Miller on Twitter Zoanne Clack on Twitter Cherry Chevapravatdumrong on Twitter John on Instagram Find past episodes Scriptnotes Digital Seasons are also now available! Outro by Fred Tepper (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao (this episode originally produced by Megan McDonnell) and edited by Matthew Chilelli. Email us at ask@johnaugust.com
    You can download the episode here.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    530 - The One with Jack Thorne

    530 - The One with Jack Thorne

    John and Craig welcome writer/producer/playwright Jack Thorne (The Aeronauts, Wonder, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) to take a look at making television in the UK and what writers on both sides of the pond can learn from one another.
    We discuss disability on and behind screen and tackle listener questions on writing with chronic illness and the responsibility of authorship. We wrap up by taking a look at goals you can control.
    In our bonus segment for premium members the guys compare American and British English. They answer tough questions like, is it cultural appropriation if John puts a U in color?
    Jack Thorne’s MacTaggart Lecture Jack Thorne Launches Underlying Health Conditions Pressure Group, Publishes Major Report Into Disabled Representation in TV Industry 1 in 4 Coalition Ashley Nicole Black and Francesca Ramsey Twitter Thread Santa Claus: The Movie a celebratory portrayal of Father Christmas Wikipedia List of Misconceptions Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! Jack Thorne on IMDb 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 3 min
    529 - The Journey, the Destination, and Movie Lego

    529 - The Journey, the Destination, and Movie Lego

    John and Craig examine how writers balance the needs of each scene while keeping the entire story in mind. Then it’s another a round of the Three Page Challenge, where we look at scenes submitted by our listeners. We offer advice for gimmicky reveals, honest character reactions, and consistent POV.
    Also this week: open writing assignments, and a checklist of what writers need to know before pursuing one.
    In our bonus segment for premium members, what to do when you get bored with what you’re writing. Is that a sign to bail or buckle down?
    Links:
    WGA Introduces Project Page check out the pdf here. Follow along with our Three Page Challenges: Firebird by Benjamin Blattberg, The Drawing by Todd William Knack, Perdition by Terry Rietta, Ten Million by Helen Sedwick Nite Ize SlapLit LED Slap Wrap The New 16 inch MacBook Pro Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! Gift a Scriptnotes Subscription or treat yourself to a premium subscription! You can now listen to Scriptnotes Premium on Spotify! 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.

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

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

superacidjax ,

Excellent but let’s drop the politics

On screenwriting, this is an exceptional podcast, but when the conversation gets to politics, that’s when you lose me.

J_Beckham ,

Better than any school 2x

If you are interested in screenwriting or just like movies, this is a must listen

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