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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The One With the Agent

Scriptnotes: Ep. 264
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Craig and John speak with agent Peter Dodd about what he looks for in a writer client, and how he sees the relationships between writers and agents and managers and executives.

We ask all the questions: How does he find new writers? Do competitions matter? How about query letters? And once he has a script in his hands, how much does he read before he knows if wants to sign the writer as a client? Peter answers everything candidly. Even we gasped a few times.

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UPDATE 8-26-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Frequently Asked Questions about Screenwriting

Scriptnotes: Ep. 263
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John and Craig introduce “The 100 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Screenwriting,” a curation of questions from screenwriting.io.

We also take on the Three Page Challenge, with stories from Sinaloa, Mexico to the mind of Mark Twain.

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UPDATE 8-19-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Tidy Screenwriting

Scriptnotes: Ep. 262
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John and Craig apply the principles of Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” to screenwriting. How can screenwriters learn to let go of beloved scenes, characters, and entire scripts?

We also answer listener questions, including the recent plagiarism ruling in favor of John Carpenter in a French court.

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UPDATE 8-12-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Don’t Think Twice

Scriptnotes: Ep. 261
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Craig and guest host Mike Birbiglia discuss Mike’s new film, Don’t Think Twice, a comedy about life as an improv performer. The two explore the current state of independent film and the challenges facing aspiring filmmakers.

Craig and Mike also answer listener questions, including one on assassinating a fictional president.

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UPDATE 8-5-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Anthrax, Amnesia and Atomic Veterans

Scriptnotes: Ep. 260
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John and Craig implore screenwriters to think twice before using the phrase “begs the question.” We know it’s a losing battle, but if we learned anything from 300, sometimes those are still worth having.

We then dive into one of our favorite features, How Would This Be a Movie, looking at listener-suggested stories about anthrax, amnesia and atomic veterans.

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UPDATE 8-1-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Duly Noted: Let’s Talk about Episode 259

Scriptnotes: Ep. DN 1
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Matt Selman (EP of The Simpsons) sits down with Scriptnotes favorites Aline Brosh McKenna and Rawson Marshall Thurber to discuss what went down in the season finale.

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