Scriptnotes Podcast

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.

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No one makes those movies anymore

Scriptnotes: Ep. 204
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Craig and John look at why certain genres of movies — mid-budget thrillers, adult dramas and romantic comedies — aren’t getting made, and whether there’s any way to get them back.

We also look at Apple Music, and what streaming means for screenwriters. Finally, we chart the screenwriter’s job from pitch to premiere, and how few of those steps are actually paid.

Big news: we have brand-new USB drives with the entire Scriptnotes catalog available at store.johnaugust.com. Quantities are limited, so don’t delay.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 7-2-15: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Nobody Eats Four Marshmallows

Scriptnotes: Ep. 203
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John and Craig take an in-depth look at turnaround and reversion, and how screenwriters get their scripts back from a studio.

We also look at the latest developments in the Gravity saga, and answer a bunch of leftover questions from the live 200th episode.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 6-25-15: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Everyman vs. Superman

Scriptnotes: Ep. 202
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From Wolverine to The Rock, male action heroes have literally gotten bigger over the last decade. Craig and John look at how that impacts story. Is there hope for the the ordinary man in an extraordinary situation? Will we ever get back to Kurt and Keanu?

Then it’s time for three new Three Page Challenges, with entries ranging from campus riots to suburban detectives.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 6-22-15: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


How would this be a movie?

Scriptnotes: Ep. 201
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John and Craig look at three current news stories from a screenwriter’s perspective, discussing how each lends itself to becoming a movie.

Would FIFA’s Stepp Blatter make a better Coen Brothers hero or a Sorkin villain? Could the Large Hadron Collider lend itself to a romantic comedy? Is there even a movie to make about campus sexual politics and academic freedom?

Also discussed: the trap of “Do what you love.”

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 6-12-15: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


The 200th Episode Live Show

Scriptnotes: Ep. 200
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Craig, John, and Aline record the 200th episode of Scriptnotes live with a worldwide audience listening in — and chiming in — as they discuss TV showrunning and whether quality really counts at the box office.

Then it’s time for listener questions, ranging from presidential plagiarism to locked drafts.

Hard to believe it’s been 200 episodes. We wouldn’t and couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks to all our listeners, both for the live feed and all the weeks that came before.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 6-5-15: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Second Draft Doldrums

Scriptnotes: Ep. 199
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Craig and John discuss finding your way back to your story — and your enthusiasm — when writing your second draft. Craig has tips and suggestions. John has sympathy and war stories.

This week, we also discuss ageism and authenticity in Hollywood, the Mr. Holmes lawsuit, and unsung screenwriter heroes.

The 200th episode will be streaming live on the internet! Follow us on Twitter to get details about when we’ll be recording, and where to find us.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 5-29-15: The transcript of this episode can be found here.