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.
||Clean337 - The One with Stephen Schiff||John is joined by The Americans’ executive producer Stephen Schiff at a live Scriptnotes taping in New York! They discuss grounding an outrageous premise in character, suspension of disbelief, premium act breaks, and writing for a foreign language.||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean65 - The Next 117 Pages||John and Craig talk about everything that comes after the oft-discussed First Three Pages, speculating on the kinds of issues they’d spot if they were looking at full scripts.||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit336 - Call Me by Your Name||John and Aline welcome Peter Spears, producer of Call Me by Your Name, to discuss how the film came to be, from optioning the novel through its long development and multiple roadblocks.||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean335 - Introducing Launch||John and Craig introduce Launch, John’s new podcast about making a book. Over the course of six episodes, the series tracks the process of writing and shipping a novel, from idea to printing.||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean334 - Worst Case Scenarios||John and Craig ponder worst case scenarios that might usher the end of screenwriting as we know it. What are the odds that screenwriters lose work because an economic crash keeps movies from getting made? That screenwriting gets outsourced? That human s||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean333 - The End of the Beginning||John and Craig tackle that tricky stretch of screenplay between crystalizing what the story is going to be and the protagonist actually embarking upon it: the end of Act 1.||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean332 - Wait for It||John and Craig discuss suspense and its function in all genres, from thrillers to romcoms. They examine suspense of the known and of the unknown and the techniques available to construct it.||1/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean331 - We Had the Same Idea||John and Craig offer advice to those who suspect their work has been stolen, providing a checklist to help determine if a claim has merit and suggestions for how to best proceed if it does.||12/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean330 - A Cop's Cop Show||John and Craig give notes on a pilot script by our Homecoming Live Show Winner, Andrew Thalheimer. The Harrows is an hour-long police drama that centers on the relationship between a straight-laced new recruit and his street-wise father after they are a||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit329 - Five-Star Podnerships||John and Craig discuss showrunning, remaking existing IP, staffing, and fan behavior with Julie Plec (Vampire Diaries, The Originals), Michael Green (Bladerunner 2049, American Gods, Murder on the Orient Express, Logan), and Justin Marks (Jungle Book, C||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean328 - Pitching Television, or Being a Passionate Widget||John and Craig share their insight into pitching for television. How is it different that pitching features? How do express your passion for the project? How do you avoid being a Willy Loman pitching to a Willy Loman? (Sometimes you don’t.)||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit327 - Mergers and Breakups||John and Craig explore the possibilities and consequences of Disney’s potential purchase of Fox film and television studios. What might prevent the sale? What does each side stand to gain? To lose? What could it mean for writers?||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||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.||11/21/2017||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.)||11/14/2017||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.||11/7/2017||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.||10/31/2017||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.||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitScriptnotes Voice: Snitching on Sexism||Daley Haggar shares her experience in the writers room. Originally posted on Lenny Letter.||10/23/2017||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.||10/17/2017||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|
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.