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.
||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 e||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|
||Clean308 - Chekhov's Ladder||Craig and John discuss the concept of affordances -- player expectations for what videogame characters can do -- and how writers can apply these principles to their film and TV scripts.||11 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean307 - Teaching Your Heroes to Drive||John and Craig explore how story develops from a synthesis of character and plot, and why writers need to continually shift their frames of reference between “inside” and “outside” the experience of their heroes.||4 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean306 - DRAMA!||Craig and John take a look at what happens when the drama is behind the camera, and the difference between what's reported and what's really going on. We also offer some advice on what one should do, should they find themselves caught up in the crazy.||27 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit305 - Forever Young and Stupid||Craig and John take on a new Three Page Challenge, looking at three listener scenes to see if they follow the exacting rules set by Screenwriters University. (Ahem.)||20 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean304 - Location Is Where It's At||Craig and John look at how screenwriters describe locations, and how these choices impact production and the final product. Plus, we discuss how podcasts have become a new source of IP for adaptations.||13 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean303 - 75% of Nothing||Craig and John answer listener questions about writer agreements, videogame properties, and page one rewrites.||6 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean302 - Let's Make Some Oscar Bait||In a new installment of How Would This Be a Movie, John and Craig take a look at three stories in the news to discuss how to adapt them into award-winning movies.||30 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean301 - The Addams Family||Craig and John look at The Addams Family -- not just the 1991 film and its sequel, but the property itself to see what lessons we can learn when adapting for the big screen.||23 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean300 - From Writer to Writer-Director||Chris McQuarrie (THE USUAL SUSPECTS, VALKYRIE) joins us to talk through how he went from writing giant movies to directing them.||16 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit299 - It's Always Sunny in Star Wars||Craig and guest host Dana Fox welcome Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Rian Johnson (Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) to the live show at the Arclight. The four discuss breaking into Hollywood, handling rejection and sticking to y||9 5 2017||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.