By John August and Craig Mazin
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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.
||Explicit326 - Austin 2017 Three Page Challenge||John and Craig review four Three-Page Challenge entries with the help of Daniela Garcia-Brcek (Literary Manager at Circle of Confusion) and Cullen Conly (Literary Agent at ICM). We then invite the writers up to discuss the notes.||21 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean325 - (Adjective) Soldier||Craig and John open the overflowing listener mailbag to tackle questions on everything from montages to life rights to passive heroes. Plus, we have a definitive answer on whether to number minor characters. (Don’t.)||14 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean324 - All of It Needs to Stop||John and Craig revisit the discussion of sexual harassment in Hollywood, and how to support writers facing it. While the media spotlight is on the predators, it’s the day-to-day bullying and bad behavior that may have a more pernicious effect.||7 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit323 - Austin Live Show 2017 (AKA Too Many Scotts)||John and Craig talk with uber-screenwriter Scott Frank (Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Minority Report, Logan) about how his feature script Godless ended up as a miniseries at Netflix.||31 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean322 - The Post-Weinstein Era||John and Craig welcome Daley Haggar and Dara Resnik to examine the potential impacts of the Harvey Weinstein revelations on Hollywood.||24 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitScriptnotes Voice: Snitching on Sexism||Daley Haggar shares her experience in the writers room. Originally posted on Lenny Letter.||23 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean321 - Getting Stuff Written||John welcomes Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo and author of Pep Talks for Writers, to discuss the writing process and how to get out of your own way creatively.||17 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean320 - Should You Give Up?||John and Craig attempt to answer the question that many aspiring screenwriters dare not ask aloud: when -- if ever -- is the right time to give up on the dream of becoming a working screenwriter?||10 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean212 - Diary of a First-Time Director||John and Craig sit down with Marielle Heller, the writer and director of the acclaimed feature The Diary of a Teenage Girl, to talk about the journey of getting her movie made, from optioning the novel to the Sundance Labs through production.||3 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean319 - Movies Dodged a Bullet||John and Craig speculate about why the film industry fared better in the transition to digital while the music industry struggled.||26 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean318 - Writing Other Things||John and Craig welcome back Aline Brosh McKenna to talk about writing projects outside the familiar constraints of screenwriting.||19 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit317 - First Day on the Job||Craig and John debut a new segment: This Kind of Scene, looking at how different movies handle similar situations. The Hudsucker Proxy, The Devil Wears Prada, Hidden Figures and Training Day all need to introduce their heroes to their new workplaces. We||12 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean316 - Distracted Boyfriend Is All of Us||John and Craig dive into another round of How Would This Be a Movie, looking at stories (and memes!) from around the world to figure out which ones might lend themselves to big-screen treatment.||5 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean315 - Big Screens, Big Money||John and Craig offer a 101 on how movies make money at theaters, and why a 1948 Supreme Court case changed everything.||29 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean314 - Unforgiven||Craig and John take a deep dive into 1992’s Unforgiven, looking at how the David Webb Peoples script works on the page and on the screen.||22 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean313 - Well, It Worked in the 80s||John and Craig look at four films from the past and discuss how we could make them today.||15 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean312 - The Magic Word Is In This Episode||Craig and John tackle a bunch of listener questions, along with follow-up on previous discussions.||8 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean311 - Scriptnotes Live Homecoming Show||John and Craig welcome special guests Megan Amram (The Good Place), Tom Schnauz (Better Call Saul) and Matt Selman (The Simpsons) to talk about writing television, from staffing to breaking story to the challenge of short seasons.||1 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean310 - What’s in the WGA Deal||Craig and John talk with Chris Keyser, one of the co-chairs of the WGA Negotiating Committee, to learn what gains were achieved in the most recent deal, and what work lies ahead.||25 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean309 - Logic and Gimmickry||John and Craig step up to the whiteboard to look at the story logic in our scripts, then examine how tricks and gimmicks can help keep scenes interesting.||18 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Each podcast John August and Craig Mazin answer questions from screenwriters on a whole range of topics. I've probably learnt more about the screenwriting industry from these podcasts than from all of the books I've read on the subject.
Keep them coming!
Great insight into the work and interests of working Hollywood screenwriters. Very informative on the craft as well as the industry. Plus bonus 'cool things' each week.
Often very hilarious and very off topic.
Best. Podcast. Ever!
Craig and John are both awesome, and this podcast is great! It's so wonderful to have access to advice on screenwriting and the industry as a whole from people who ACTUALLY work in the industry, and have made films you've heard of. Cannot recommend it enough for anyone interested in screenwriting. I feel so much more prepared and informed, and after listening to this podcast (still listening) it actually seems possible to write a screenplay and possibly even one that's not a gigantic piece of c**p! If you ever read this Craig and John, thank you so much for taking the time to do this wonderful podcast!