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.
||134 - So Many Questions||John has questions about the questions Craig answered on his Reddit AMA, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg as we answer six great listener questions.||11 3 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||133 - Groundhog Day||John and Craig pay their respects to Harold Ramis with an episode devoted entirely to Groundhog Day.||4 3 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Contract between Writers and Readers||John and Craig look at the implicit contract made between screenwriters and readers -- and ultimately, movies and their audience. That's a natural introduction to our Three Page Challenge and the three new entries we look at this week.||25 2 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||131 - Procrastination and Pageorexia||Craig and John get in your head to talk procrastination, pageorexia and generalized anxiety. They also move beyond the psychopathology to discuss all the changes in the industry, from cable mergers to lawsuits to disruptive technologies. You’re not as p||18 2 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||130 - Period Space||John and Craig tackle the greatest controversy in screenwriting: how many spaces to put after the period. From there, it’s follow-up on the Final Draft episode, including some behind-the-scene details.||11 2 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||129 - The One with the Guys from Final Draft||The makers of Final Draft pay us a visit to clear up John and Craig’s misconceptions of, well, everything. It’s double the umbrage for your money.||4 2 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||128 - Frozen with Jennifer Lee||In the tradition of the Raiders and Little Mermaid episodes, John and guest host Aline Brosh McKenna discuss and dissect the award-winning, record-setting, paradigm-shifting Frozen. But this time, we have the writer on hand to answer our questions.||28 1 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||127 - Women and Pilots||Carolyn Strauss, executive producer of Game of Thrones, joins John and Craig to discuss female directors and the death of pilot season. In one short hour, they solve all the intractable problems facing the film and television industry. (Not true. Not even||21 1 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||126 - Punching the Salty Ocean||John and Craig took a look at Final Draft 9 and the futility of Twitter arguments before launching into three brand-new Three Page Challenges.||14 1 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||125 - Egoless Screenwriting||It’s a week of big egos as Craig and John take a look at when (or whether) filmmakers will be able to pull a Beyoncé and surprise-release a feature film, and what Mrs. Carter’s tussle with Amazon and Target means for the future of retail DVD.||7 1 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||124 - Q&A from the Holiday Spectacular||John, Craig, and guests take questions from the audience at the Scriptnotes Holiday Spectacular. Topics include TV writing careers, what to do once you have an agent, overcoming gender stereotypes, rewriting Dodgeball, and more.||31 12 13||Free||View In iTunes|
||123 - Scriptnotes Holiday Spectacular||'Twas the Holiday Scriptnotes and at our behest, Craig and John were joined by our six favorite guests.||24 12 13||Free||View In iTunes|
||122 - Young Billionaire's Guide to Hollywood||John and Craig offer advice for super-rich aspirants about the film and television industry. If you have enough money to do anything, what should you do first? Do you want to make money, or make art? Or do you just want to hang out with famous people? No||17 12 13||Free||View In iTunes|
||121 - My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend’s Screenwriter||Writer/director/actor/comedian Mike Birbiglia joins John and Craig to talk about writing for yourself, and how his one-man shows have translated into his films Sleepwalk With Me and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend. We talk movies and television, stand-up and||10 12 13||Free||View In iTunes|
||120 - Let's talk about coverage||Craig and John talk readers and coverage, centering their discussion on profound_whatever's infographic charting 300 submissions and the lessons screenwriters can take from it.||3 12 13||Free||View In iTunes|
||119 - Positive Moviegoing||Aline Brosh McKenna joins John and Craig to discuss watching movies with an open mind and why it's important to befriend other writers.||26 11 13||Free||View In iTunes|
||118 - Time Travel with Richard Kelly||John and Craig wind back the clock with writer-director Richard Kelly to look at the origins of Donnie Darko, and how a recent film-school grad gets a movie made.||19 11 13||Free||View In iTunes|
||117 - Not Just Dialogue||John and Craig take an extended look at how sound works in movies, and how screenwriters can take advantage of it on the page.||12 11 13||Free||View In iTunes|
||116 - Damsels in distress||Craig and John love women and jeopardy, but folks, we gotta stop kidnapping girlfriends as plot devices. We discuss ways to avoid this trope.||5 11 13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Explicit115 - Scriptnotes: Back to Austin with Rian Johnson and Kelly Marcel||Craig and John head to the Austin Film Festival for another live edition of Scriptnotes. Everything is bigger in Texas, including the crowd for this packed show featuring Looper writer/director Rian Johnson and Saving Mr. Banks screenwriter Kelly Marcel.||29 10 13||Free||View In iTunes|
A great show- advice for any screenwriter or potential screenwriter, told in a very engaging style. Like having a conversation with two great friends who also happen to be brilliant screenwriters. And funny too!
Fun and informative
To all those who have missed the apparently now defunct USC SCA Writing Division speakers series podcasts, this is the perfect antidote. Fun, informative and conversational, each cast packs a great deal of knowledge about being a working screenwriter into a short space of time. Perfect for those who are those who are aspiring writers, those finding their way and the people who just want to listen to the bizzare tangents John and Craig wonder off on. Keep it up!
Too scared to ask
A great podcast that gives insight into how the industry operates in a fun and informative manner. Unfortunately this has destroyed many previously held beliefs/dreams of the magic of the film industry, better to find out before stepping through the door of course.