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Scriptnotes Podcast

John August and Craig Mazin

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Scriptnotes Podcast

Scriptnotes Podcast

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.

Latest Episodes

454 - That Icky Feeling

John and Craig explore that icky feeling something’s wrong with your script and what to do about it. They also discuss the difference between story and screenplay, both as official WGA categories and how we use those terms everyday. We follow up on French hours, whether you should send editable documents to producers, and offer tips on discussing story ideas with friends and colleagues. And in our bonus segment for premium members, John and Craig read erotic fiction. Links: Larchmont Author Extravaganzawith Chevalier’s this Saturday June 6 with guests Stuart Gibbs, Aline Brosh McKenna, Derek Haas and more! Sports Medal Recycling How Pac Man Works FiLMiC Pro Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! John Auguston Twitter Craig Mazinon Twitter John on Instagram Outroby John Venable (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao and edited by Matthew Chilelli. Email us at ask@johnaugust.com You can download the episodehere.

77 MIN2 d ago
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454 - That Icky Feeling

453 - Getting Back to Set

John and Craig welcome back Aline Brosh McKenna (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Your Place or Mine) and Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball, We’re the Millers) to share how we’re thinking about the future of film and television production. We talk about possible plans for getting back to set, how movies might change to adapt to the current circumstances, and how we want to see pandemic depictions in our media. In our bonus segment for premium members we discuss puzzles: Craig’s controversial take on jigsaw, the Larchmont Puzzle Exchange, and why puzzles are good for families. Links: Catch Craig onMythic Quest’sspecial bonusQuarantine Episode! #FosterChallenge: John is raffling off a 60-minute one-on-one writing session on Zoom. Proceeds go to help amazing foster charities.Donate here. Please send info onArlo Finch Bearto ask@johnaugust.com! Red Notice Your Place or Mine Hollywood Food Coalition Wakanicci Bath Robe Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom Station Elevenby Emily St. John...

53 MIN1 w ago
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453 - Getting Back to Set

452 - The Empire Strikes Back with Lawrence Kasdan

John and Craig welcome back Lawrence Kasdan for a deep dive on The Empire Strikes Back to celebrate this iconic film’s 40th anniversary. We talk about the inspiration behind Yoda, keeping the Skywalker/Darth Vader connection a secret, and balancing competing storylines. We also take a look at Kasdan’s original handwritten script, accompanied by table reads from John and Craig! And in our bonus segment for premium members, we answer audience questions with Lawrence Kasdan. This special live show was produced in partnership with the Writers Guild Foundation. Links: Find Lawrence Kasdan’s Handwritten Scripthere. Scriptnotes 247, The One with Lawrence Kasdan Thank you to theWriter’s Guild Foundationfor hosting us! John Auguston Twitter Craig Mazinon Twitter John on Instagram Outroby Matthew Chilelli (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao and edited by Matthew Chilelli. Email us at ask@johnaugust.com You can download the episodehere.

52 MIN2 w ago
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452 - The Empire Strikes Back with Lawrence Kasdan

451 - There Are No Slow Claps

John and Craig offer guidance on how to “flip the script” on tropes without landing on your face. We also answer listener questions about phone numbers, sluglines and short films. Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members, we discuss our personal video game histories and the possibility that John was raised in a cult. Links: Join us Thursday, May 14th for a live talk with Lawrence Kasdan 4pm PT on Zoom here:Online Conversation: Revisiting The Empire Strikes Back with Lawrence Kasdan Submit to theThree Page Challenge Jordan Mechner’s: The Making of Prince of Persia, 1985-1993and Bookshop.org Maria Bamford: Weakness is the Brand John Auguston Twitter Craig Mazinon Twitter John on Instagram Outroby James Llonch (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao and edited by Matthew Chilelli. Email us at ask@johnaugust.com You can download the episodehere.

58 MIN3 w ago
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451 - There Are No Slow Claps

450 - Only The Interesting Scenes

John and Craig propose a challenge for every screenwriter: only write interesting scenes. They discuss why following this precept is so important and offer tips for implementing it proactively. We also answer listener questions about set pieces, virtual rooms, and juggling multiple projects. In our bonus segment for premium members, we consider whether Covid-19 has changed the landscape about whether writers still need to live in Los Angeles. Links: Getting Things Done in a Pandemic Fetch the Boltcutters End of the Century Queer Qrosswords, email the team at queerqrosswords@gmail.com John Auguston Twitter Craig Mazinon Twitter John on Instagram Outroby (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao and edited by Matthew Chilelli. Email us at ask@johnaugust.com You can download the episodehere.

63 MINMAY 5
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450 - Only The Interesting Scenes

449 - The One with Sam Esmail

EJohn hosts a discussion with writer/director Sam Esmail as a part of the Showrunner Sessions at the WGA. Sam describes his aversion to writing, where his inspiration comes from, and how he learned to run a room. We also dig into craft, talking about parentheticals and mastering the tension between creating mystery versus confusing your audience. Then, for our premium members on our bonus segment we air the audience Q&A from the Showrunner Panel. John and Sam cover the alchemy of surprising music in a scene and the importance of saying something with each character. Links: Angelyne Trailer Watch Homecoming Mr. Robot Three Page Challenge participants — please share your updates and stories! We’d love to hear what happened to your story or career after the segment. Please reach out with your experiences working in a virtual writer’s room during Covid-19, email ask@johnaugust.com. AboveTek iPad Stand Just Watch Sign up for Scriptnotes Premiumhere. Sam Esmailon Twitter John Auguston T...

68 MINAPR 28
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449 - The One with Sam Esmail

448 - Based on a True Story

John and Craig welcome screenwriter Mike Makowsky to discuss the process of turning a story from the news into a movie and how he drew on real life experiences to create his upcoming film, Bad Education. We also follow up on writing with neurological trauma, trailblazing female screenwriters, and answer listener questions on speaking theme vs. subtext. In our bonus segment for premium members, we talk about our own three page challenges, and why those early pages are so important. Links: Bad Educationon HBO April 25th, 2020 Elizabeth on Twitter wrote to steer my attention to the bookWhen Women Wrote Hollywood: Essays on Female Screenwriters in the Early Film Industry Casablance script History of the Screenplay Formatby Andrew Gay Bad Education True Story #StitchUsBackTogetherorganized by Jamarah Hayner Epson EcoTank ET-4760 Hidden Valley Roadby Robert Kolker Sign up for Scriptnotes Premiumhere. John Auguston Twitter Craig Mazinon Twitter Mike Makowskyon Twitter John on Instagram Out...

46 MINAPR 21
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448 - Based on a True Story

447 - Three Page Zoom

John and Craig host another Scriptnotes Livestream Show with special guest Dana Fox (Isn’t It Romantic, Couples Retreat). They discuss her new show, Home Before Dark, and her thoughts on why creating a feeling is so important to developing television shows. Then we hold a Three Page Challenge and we invite each of our four participants on to discuss their script after we deliver feedback. We cover how to write momentum into action descriptions, ‘overwhelmers’ in a scene, and creating fantastical worlds. Huge thank you to Dana for joining us, and a big thanks to all of our Three Page Challenge winners for their submissions! Links: Home Before Dark It Takes Our Village Campaign Hamptonby Ali Imran Zaidi Sunbeamby Heidi Lewis Nights Never Overby Jim Llonch Find Himby Dylan Guerra Sign up for Scriptnotes Premiumhere. John Auguston Twitter Craig Mazinon Twitter John on Instagram Outroby James Llonch (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao and edited by Matthew Chilelli....

85 MINAPR 17
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447 - Three Page Zoom

446 - Back to Basics

John and Craig take a step back to discuss what screenwriting actually is and explore its evolution. They cover the history of screenwriting, the construction of a scene, and what new and old writers need to keep in mind about the craft. We also cover how to approach ‘No Writing Left Behind’ during the time of socially distancing and answer listener questions on how the pandemic will impact writers’ creative and career decisions. And in our bonus segment for premium members, we discuss charities looking at both the challenges of running a charitable organization and knowing where to donate your money. Links: Scriptnotes Set Up John’s Writing Set Up Check out our Livestream Episodes No Writing Left Behind, Just Say No State Copyright Laws Blackbeard Scriptnotes, Ep 89: Writing Effective Transitions Sign up for Scriptnotes Premiumhere. John Auguston Twitter Craig Mazinon Twitter John on Instagram Outroby Scott Anderson (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao and edi...

63 MINAPR 14
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446 - Back to Basics

445 - The One with Phoebe and Ryan

John and Craig enlist Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, The Nines) to break the fourth wall on our first-ever live video Scriptnotes. We discuss when to address the camera, why Deadpool 2 is the saddest movie to watch on a flight, and how to take notes as an actor/writer. Then we welcome a premium member to play a round of Bad Screenwriting Advice, where we compare internet advice to bogus advice made up by John. We also take listener questions from the Youtube livestream chat on writing with personal experiences and places to find inspiration. Finally, in our bonus segment John and Craig pull the curtain back to do a post-mortem on the live-show, explaining how we did it and what we learned. Plus the trapped-in-Maldives story that will probably be a movie, and what’s likely going on in Russia. Links: Watch the episode here – Scriptnotes Live: Episode 445 DeadpoolandDeadpool 2 Fleabagand theplayto release soon! Huge thank you toPhoebe Waller ...

54 MINAPR 7
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445 - The One with Phoebe and Ryan

Latest Episodes

454 - That Icky Feeling

John and Craig explore that icky feeling something’s wrong with your script and what to do about it. They also discuss the difference between story and screenplay, both as official WGA categories and how we use those terms everyday. We follow up on French hours, whether you should send editable documents to producers, and offer tips on discussing story ideas with friends and colleagues. And in our bonus segment for premium members, John and Craig read erotic fiction. Links: Larchmont Author Extravaganzawith Chevalier’s this Saturday June 6 with guests Stuart Gibbs, Aline Brosh McKenna, Derek Haas and more! Sports Medal Recycling How Pac Man Works FiLMiC Pro Get a Scriptnotes T-shirt! John Auguston Twitter Craig Mazinon Twitter John on Instagram Outroby John Venable (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao and edited by Matthew Chilelli. Email us at ask@johnaugust.com You can download the episodehere.

77 MIN2 d ago
Comments
454 - That Icky Feeling

453 - Getting Back to Set

John and Craig welcome back Aline Brosh McKenna (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Your Place or Mine) and Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball, We’re the Millers) to share how we’re thinking about the future of film and television production. We talk about possible plans for getting back to set, how movies might change to adapt to the current circumstances, and how we want to see pandemic depictions in our media. In our bonus segment for premium members we discuss puzzles: Craig’s controversial take on jigsaw, the Larchmont Puzzle Exchange, and why puzzles are good for families. Links: Catch Craig onMythic Quest’sspecial bonusQuarantine Episode! #FosterChallenge: John is raffling off a 60-minute one-on-one writing session on Zoom. Proceeds go to help amazing foster charities.Donate here. Please send info onArlo Finch Bearto ask@johnaugust.com! Red Notice Your Place or Mine Hollywood Food Coalition Wakanicci Bath Robe Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom Station Elevenby Emily St. John...

53 MIN1 w ago
Comments
453 - Getting Back to Set

452 - The Empire Strikes Back with Lawrence Kasdan

John and Craig welcome back Lawrence Kasdan for a deep dive on The Empire Strikes Back to celebrate this iconic film’s 40th anniversary. We talk about the inspiration behind Yoda, keeping the Skywalker/Darth Vader connection a secret, and balancing competing storylines. We also take a look at Kasdan’s original handwritten script, accompanied by table reads from John and Craig! And in our bonus segment for premium members, we answer audience questions with Lawrence Kasdan. This special live show was produced in partnership with the Writers Guild Foundation. Links: Find Lawrence Kasdan’s Handwritten Scripthere. Scriptnotes 247, The One with Lawrence Kasdan Thank you to theWriter’s Guild Foundationfor hosting us! John Auguston Twitter Craig Mazinon Twitter John on Instagram Outroby Matthew Chilelli (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao and edited by Matthew Chilelli. Email us at ask@johnaugust.com You can download the episodehere.

52 MIN2 w ago
Comments
452 - The Empire Strikes Back with Lawrence Kasdan

451 - There Are No Slow Claps

John and Craig offer guidance on how to “flip the script” on tropes without landing on your face. We also answer listener questions about phone numbers, sluglines and short films. Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members, we discuss our personal video game histories and the possibility that John was raised in a cult. Links: Join us Thursday, May 14th for a live talk with Lawrence Kasdan 4pm PT on Zoom here:Online Conversation: Revisiting The Empire Strikes Back with Lawrence Kasdan Submit to theThree Page Challenge Jordan Mechner’s: The Making of Prince of Persia, 1985-1993and Bookshop.org Maria Bamford: Weakness is the Brand John Auguston Twitter Craig Mazinon Twitter John on Instagram Outroby James Llonch (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao and edited by Matthew Chilelli. Email us at ask@johnaugust.com You can download the episodehere.

58 MIN3 w ago
Comments
451 - There Are No Slow Claps

450 - Only The Interesting Scenes

John and Craig propose a challenge for every screenwriter: only write interesting scenes. They discuss why following this precept is so important and offer tips for implementing it proactively. We also answer listener questions about set pieces, virtual rooms, and juggling multiple projects. In our bonus segment for premium members, we consider whether Covid-19 has changed the landscape about whether writers still need to live in Los Angeles. Links: Getting Things Done in a Pandemic Fetch the Boltcutters End of the Century Queer Qrosswords, email the team at queerqrosswords@gmail.com John Auguston Twitter Craig Mazinon Twitter John on Instagram Outroby (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao and edited by Matthew Chilelli. Email us at ask@johnaugust.com You can download the episodehere.

63 MINMAY 5
Comments
450 - Only The Interesting Scenes

449 - The One with Sam Esmail

EJohn hosts a discussion with writer/director Sam Esmail as a part of the Showrunner Sessions at the WGA. Sam describes his aversion to writing, where his inspiration comes from, and how he learned to run a room. We also dig into craft, talking about parentheticals and mastering the tension between creating mystery versus confusing your audience. Then, for our premium members on our bonus segment we air the audience Q&A from the Showrunner Panel. John and Sam cover the alchemy of surprising music in a scene and the importance of saying something with each character. Links: Angelyne Trailer Watch Homecoming Mr. Robot Three Page Challenge participants — please share your updates and stories! We’d love to hear what happened to your story or career after the segment. Please reach out with your experiences working in a virtual writer’s room during Covid-19, email ask@johnaugust.com. AboveTek iPad Stand Just Watch Sign up for Scriptnotes Premiumhere. Sam Esmailon Twitter John Auguston T...

68 MINAPR 28
Comments
449 - The One with Sam Esmail

448 - Based on a True Story

John and Craig welcome screenwriter Mike Makowsky to discuss the process of turning a story from the news into a movie and how he drew on real life experiences to create his upcoming film, Bad Education. We also follow up on writing with neurological trauma, trailblazing female screenwriters, and answer listener questions on speaking theme vs. subtext. In our bonus segment for premium members, we talk about our own three page challenges, and why those early pages are so important. Links: Bad Educationon HBO April 25th, 2020 Elizabeth on Twitter wrote to steer my attention to the bookWhen Women Wrote Hollywood: Essays on Female Screenwriters in the Early Film Industry Casablance script History of the Screenplay Formatby Andrew Gay Bad Education True Story #StitchUsBackTogetherorganized by Jamarah Hayner Epson EcoTank ET-4760 Hidden Valley Roadby Robert Kolker Sign up for Scriptnotes Premiumhere. John Auguston Twitter Craig Mazinon Twitter Mike Makowskyon Twitter John on Instagram Out...

46 MINAPR 21
Comments
448 - Based on a True Story

447 - Three Page Zoom

John and Craig host another Scriptnotes Livestream Show with special guest Dana Fox (Isn’t It Romantic, Couples Retreat). They discuss her new show, Home Before Dark, and her thoughts on why creating a feeling is so important to developing television shows. Then we hold a Three Page Challenge and we invite each of our four participants on to discuss their script after we deliver feedback. We cover how to write momentum into action descriptions, ‘overwhelmers’ in a scene, and creating fantastical worlds. Huge thank you to Dana for joining us, and a big thanks to all of our Three Page Challenge winners for their submissions! Links: Home Before Dark It Takes Our Village Campaign Hamptonby Ali Imran Zaidi Sunbeamby Heidi Lewis Nights Never Overby Jim Llonch Find Himby Dylan Guerra Sign up for Scriptnotes Premiumhere. John Auguston Twitter Craig Mazinon Twitter John on Instagram Outroby James Llonch (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao and edited by Matthew Chilelli....

85 MINAPR 17
Comments
447 - Three Page Zoom

446 - Back to Basics

John and Craig take a step back to discuss what screenwriting actually is and explore its evolution. They cover the history of screenwriting, the construction of a scene, and what new and old writers need to keep in mind about the craft. We also cover how to approach ‘No Writing Left Behind’ during the time of socially distancing and answer listener questions on how the pandemic will impact writers’ creative and career decisions. And in our bonus segment for premium members, we discuss charities looking at both the challenges of running a charitable organization and knowing where to donate your money. Links: Scriptnotes Set Up John’s Writing Set Up Check out our Livestream Episodes No Writing Left Behind, Just Say No State Copyright Laws Blackbeard Scriptnotes, Ep 89: Writing Effective Transitions Sign up for Scriptnotes Premiumhere. John Auguston Twitter Craig Mazinon Twitter John on Instagram Outroby Scott Anderson (send us yours!) Scriptnotes is produced by Megana Rao and edi...

63 MINAPR 14
Comments
446 - Back to Basics

445 - The One with Phoebe and Ryan

John and Craig enlist Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, The Nines) to break the fourth wall on our first-ever live video Scriptnotes. We discuss when to address the camera, why Deadpool 2 is the saddest movie to watch on a flight, and how to take notes as an actor/writer. Then we welcome a premium member to play a round of Bad Screenwriting Advice, where we compare internet advice to bogus advice made up by John. We also take listener questions from the Youtube livestream chat on writing with personal experiences and places to find inspiration. Finally, in our bonus segment John and Craig pull the curtain back to do a post-mortem on the live-show, explaining how we did it and what we learned. Plus the trapped-in-Maldives story that will probably be a movie, and what’s likely going on in Russia. Links: Watch the episode here – Scriptnotes Live: Episode 445 DeadpoolandDeadpool 2 Fleabagand theplayto release soon! Huge thank you toPhoebe Waller ...

54 MINAPR 7
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445 - The One with Phoebe and Ryan
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