Twelve Days of Scriptnotes

Scriptnotes: Ep. 175
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In this very special episode from 2014, Craig and John welcome special guests Aline Brosh McKenna, Rachel Bloom, B.J. Novak, Jane Espenson and Derek Haas to talk about writing books, movies and especially television.

Aline and Rachel just finished shooting a pilot called Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. We discuss the genesis of the project, and how sexism is just stupid.

B.J. tells us about the joy of reading Inglorious Basterds, and how the key to success is apparently editing your high school newspaper.

Jane and Derek teach us what really goes on in the writers room, from secret lingo to codes of silence.

Plus there are songs!

Recorded with a live audience at LA Film School as a benefit for the Writers Guild Foundation. Huge thanks to everyone who came and supported the show.

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UPDATE 12-01-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Do all the good you can

One of the positive things I took from this election was a quote Hillary Clinton used from her Methodist upbringing:

Do all the good you can.
By all the means you can.
In all the ways you can.
In all the places you can.
At all the times you can.
To all the people you can.
As long as ever you can.

Anger, grief, fear and bewilderment are natural reactions. Feelings are real. I’m feeling all of them right now.

But they’re conditions. They’re meant to pass. Holding onto them in a vise-like grip only hardens them into ugly jagged lumps.

So what are we supposed to do?

All the good we can.

I don’t know what specifically that means for me yet.

I can’t know what the future is going to bring.

But I do know it’s going to mean a more active search for Good. It means finding the ways, places, time and other people to help do it.

It means standing up against injustice and cruelty. It means not looking for blame, but understanding, and solutions.

We can’t control how we feel. We can only control the actions we take. Doing Good is great guide for what those should be.


English is not Latin

Scriptnotes: Ep. 275
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John and Craig look at how movies and TV shape the English language, and how writers should think about their role in all of this. We also examine the uncomfortable overlap between rom-com characters and stalkers.

We are coming to you one day earlier than usual because Tuesday, as you may have heard, is an election in the US. And perhaps you’re looking for something to distract yourself from that horrible business.

But Americans, please vote.

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Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 11-12-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Welcome to Gator Country

Scriptnotes: Ep. 274
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Craig and John listen to the winner of the Austin Film Festival’s pitch competition and discuss what makes it work so well — and why you would never give this form of a pitch in an actual meeting.

Then it’s another round of the Three Page Challenge, with three special guest readers, one of whom Craig likes far too much.

Last call! The all-new 2016 Scriptnotes t-shirts are available for limited pre-order. If you miss out, you’ll have nothing to wear for 12 months. You only have a few days left, so get clicking!

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Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 11-05-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


What is a Career in Screenwriting Like?

Scriptnotes: Ep. 273
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John and Craig answer listener questions from our overflowing mail bag on topics including comedy round tables, getting rewritten, coffee meetings, and what comes after moving to Los Angeles.

To kick it off, we try (well, John tries) to help a high school senior with his class assignment.

The all-new 2016 Scriptnotes t-shirts are available for limited pre-order. If you miss out, you’ll have nothing to wear for 12 months. So don’t wait.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 10-28-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.