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.
||Clean378 - The Worst of the Worst||John and Craig examine why and how writers need to make bad things happen to their characters, and the ways in which hero suffering differs between features and television.||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean377 - The Second Draft||John is joined by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (The Invitation, Ride Along, the upcoming Destroyer) to talk about the second draft, offering some practical tips for the first big rewrite.||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean73 - Raiders of the Lost Ark||Craig and John spend the entire episode discussing and dissecting Raiders of the Lost Ark, looking at both its structure and scene work.||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean376 - Commencement||John and Craig discuss commencement, the official moment to start writing. It can be easy to get pressured into free producer rewrites, starting to write before a deal is done and other pitfalls of blurry boundaries, so the WGA is introducing the Start||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit375 - Austin 2018 Three Page Challenge||John and Craig review three Three-Page Challenge entries with the help of Lindsay Doran (producer of Stranger Than Fiction, Sense and Sensibility, Nanny McPhee, Dead Again) and Jewerl Ross (manager and founder of Silent R Management). They then invite t||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean374 - Real-World Villains||John and Craig investigate actual villains in this installment of How Would This Be a Movie? From the eerily prescient writer of “How to Murder Your Husband” to the dark comedy of Jacob Wohl, sometimes reality provides the character — now you just||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit373 - Austin Live Show 2018||John and Craig invite Wendy Calhoun (Station 19, Empire), Phil Hay (The Invitation, Ride Along), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel), and Jason Fuchs (Wonder Woman, Ice Age: Continental Drift) to join them onstage for a discussion||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean372 - No Writing Left Behind||John and Craig discuss the dangers of leave-behinds. The “writing before the writing” is an important part of the craft, but giving it away for free is bad for everyone. We also answer a listener question about character wants versus needs, and why||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit225 - Only Haters Hate Rom-Coms||John and Craig talk romantic comedies with screenwriter Tess Morris, whose film Man Up is unapologetically part of the genre. We discuss what distinguishes rom-coms from other comedies, and why they get singled out for disdain and death-of articles.||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean371 - Writing Memorable Dialogue||John and Craig have a dialogue about dialogue. They discuss how thinking about memorizing lines can help write them, and how to service quieter characters in a scene. We also answer listener questions about adapting plays for the screen, creating a di||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean370 - Two Things at the Same Time||John and Craig look into simultaneity and how to visually articulate two things happening at once with the temporally-limited medium of written word. We also explore how simultaneity can ramp up tension, fracture narrative and play with expectations. T||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean369 - What Is a Movie, Anyway?||John and Craig welcome Franklin Leonard to weigh in on the current definition of “movie.” In the age of streaming, this distinction is not only important for audiences and awards, but has a meaningful effect on how writers are paid. We also take u||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean368 - Advice for a New Staff Writer||John welcomes Alison McDonald (American Dad!, Nurse Jackie, the remake of Roots) and Ryan Knighton (In the Dark) to talk through the basics of the TV writers room, covering how they got in, how much to talk, how to make a living, what to wear and what||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit367 - One Year Later||Aline Brosh McKenna joins John and Craig to discuss the progress made in the year following the Weinstein revelations. Have the systems for reporting and preventing sexual harassment improved, or are we still just dealing with hurricanes?||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtra: WGA Elections 2018||John and Craig discuss their choices for WGA Board Elections and misinformation about proposed revisions to the Screen Credits Manual.||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean366 - Tying Things Up||John and Craig cover endings, both for craft and for business. First they articulate the importance of the denouement and the social contract it fulfills with the audience. Then they discuss what happens to a writer’s work after their death. We also||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean365 - Craig Hates Dummies||John and Craig are back at it with another installment of How Would This Be a Movie? They consider the story of a competitive mass Tinder date, a retirement home for ventriloquist dummies and the McDonald’s Monopoly heist. We also revisit John’s WG||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean364 - Netflix Killed the Video Store||John welcomes Kate Hagen to talk about missing movies and the role that video stores play in archiving film history, preserving access to all movies and creating a sense of community. They discuss some of the barriers to films getting digital distributi||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean363 - Best Popular Screenwriting Podcast||John and Craig pack this business-centric episode with big picture conversations about guild negotiations, changes to the Oscars, the Disney/Fox merger, the Paramount Consent Decree, and the tragedy that is being unable to stream The Flamingo Kid.||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtra: My Abortion Story||In this extra mini-episode, John and Craig discuss John’s abortion article.||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
So helpful for writers
Full of lots of practical advice, inspiration, and insights from inside the industry
Definitive screenrwriting for all writers
I've been listening to John and Craig on my commutes to work for almost 2 years now; this review is long overdue. As an aspiring screenwriter and occassional filmmaker, I find something insightful, educational, and inspiring in every single Scriptnotes podcast. John and Craig are highly entertaining and articulate, and always willing to share the straight goods about the craft, the process, the trials and pitfalls, the glory and the fun, the practical business, and every aspect of screenwriting I could imagine. And they're so generous wth their time and knowledge, providing excellent and constructive feedback on listener script submissions, interviewing other celebrity screenwriters, and sharing all things fascinating about their lives and careers as professional screenwriters. I'm practically addicted to my work commutes, since they're the only times I have to escape into the wonderous storyworld of screenwriting, as lovingly told by John August an Craig Mazin (with some regular umbrage thrown in for humorous effect).
Hate to pull out the stereotypical praise, but it’s true: I learned more from this podcast than I did from my entire time at film school. Entertaining and informative in all the right ways.