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.
||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|
||Explicit362 - The One with Mindy Kaling||John sits down with writer/actor Mindy Kaling (The Office, The Mindy Project, Champions) to talk about her origin story, her big break as Ben Affleck, what it’s like to simultaneously showrun and star in a sitcom, and the nature of half-hour comedies.||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean361 - From Indie to Action Comedy||John welcomes Susanna Fogel and David Iserson to talk about making their new movie, The Spy Who Dumped Me. They discuss the transition from TV and indie film to blockbuster, the collaboration involved in crafting a comic action sequence, and the fun of||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean360 - Relationships||John and Craig discuss the importance and basics of developing relationships in storytelling. Characters are nothing without relationships, like Woody without Buzz, Shrek without Donkey, John without Craig... We then test these ideas about relationship||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean359 - Where Movies Come From||John and Craig welcome Liz Hannah (screenwriter of The Post) to explore where movies come from, be it real life, storytelling social media sites, or all-powerful comic book IP. How do these story sources affect the writer’s relationship with the mater||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean358 - Point of View||John and Craig discuss the power of point of view in scripts and how the choice of which characters have storytelling power changes how we experience a movie. Point of view has a meaningful role in creating mystery, expanding scale, elevating characters||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean357 - This Title is an Example of Exposition||John and Craig debate and defend one of the most-maligned elements of screenwriting: Exposition. How do you tell an audience what they need to know without being labeled a hack? We offer tips for getting viewers up to speed without them realizing they||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean356 - Writing Animated Features||John welcomes Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Homeward Bound) to talk about her experience writing animated features, from the parallel processes of writing and production to her paltry paycheck for Beauty and the Beast. They cons||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean355 - Not Worth Winning||In light of the dust-up over Coverfly, John and Craig discuss why most screenwriting contests are essentially useless and should be avoided.||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit354 - Upgrade||Craig welcomes Leigh Whannell, writer of the Saw and Insidious franchises, to discuss low-budget filmmaking, sequels on sequels, the horror landscape and his new movie, Upgrade.||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit353 - Bad Behavior||John and Craig discuss the hot new trend of firing jerks from successful TV shows. Why is it happening now like never before? Is there an important distinction between being “difficult” and being a jerk?||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit352 - Infinite Westworld||John and Craig welcome Lisa Joy & Jonah Nolan (Westworld) and Stephen McFeely & Christopher Markus (Avengers: Infinity War) to our annual live show benefitting Hollywood Heart.||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean351 - Full Circle||John and Craig talk about the way that movies tend to bring their stories full circle, and what that means for writers trying to figure out their story beats. They discuss rhyming, bookending and how properly setting up the central thematic question he||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit350 - Limerence||John and co-host John Gatins sit down with Aline Brosh McKenna and Rachel Bloom to discuss the experience of writing the third season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, from breaking story in hot tubs to adjusting genital-related dances in compliance with Broadcas||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Fear the Emperor
I'm but a loyal serf in John August's rapidly expanding kingdom. In exchange for my monthly bounty of sheep and lamb (and sometimes, my wife), I get blog posts, snarky nerd humor, stellar iOS apps, blockbuster films and now, an informative and entertaining podcast. Where does it stop?!
So far, so good.
Hard to evaluate on just one podcast, but nicely balanced between John and Craig. Target audience is working writers. Hope this has legs!
Thanks for the show, very helpful info.