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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Secrets and Lies

Scriptnotes: Ep. 151
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John and Craig discuss why most characters are liars, and how that’s actually a good thing. John offers seven suggestions for picking character names that will help your readers. Then we look at a three page challenge that’s been filmed to see what worked on the page versus on screen.

In follow-up, we discuss the Aereo decision and our mutual love of Slate’s Culture Gabfest.

Finally, we answer a reader question about the proper protocol for checking in after a meeting.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 7-3-14: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Yes, screenwriting is actually writing

Scriptnotes: Ep. 150
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Craig and John take a swing at several of the week’s hyperbolic headlines, from conflict-free comedy to Fitzgerald’s failures to Strong Female Characters with nothing to do. In each case, there’s a valid idea lurking beneath the overstated claim, but it’s important to separate good examples from bad.

We then answer a stack of listener questions, ranging from slow contracts to strange emails to friendly options.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 6-26-14: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


The Long-Lost Austin Three Page Challenge

Scriptnotes: Ep. 149
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John and Craig open the vault to bring you a never-before-heard episode recorded live at the 2013 Austin Film Festival, where we did a Three Page Challenge and met with the writers.

We’ve kept this episode banked for months just in case we can’t record a new episode. But we didn’t want to wait any longer.

We’ll be back with a normal episode next week.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 6-22-14: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


From Debussy to VOD

Scriptnotes: Ep. 148
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John and Craig talk about what screenwriters can learn from the structure of classical music, then invite journalist Scott Tobias on to discuss how day-and-date video-on-demand releases make it hard to know how indie films are doing, individually and as a group.

We also talk about the future of the Three Page Challenge, Reboots vs. Remakes, and how everyone in Hollywood is just a little bit off.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 6-12-14: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


To Chase or To Spec

Scriptnotes: Ep. 147
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John and Craig discuss whether screenwriters are better off pursing writing assignments or working on their own material. They also look at the visual comedy of Edgar Wright, and The Shawshank Redemption’s 20th anniversary.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 6-7-14: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Wet Hot American Podcast

Scriptnotes: Ep. 146
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Writer-Director David Wain joins John and Craig to talk about the long journey to bring They Came Together to the screen (on June 27th), the changing nature of spoofs, and the seminal summer camp film Wet Hot American Summer.

We also touch on the origins of the three act structure, getting started right out of film school, and the odd financing of Legends of Oz.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 6-3-14: The transcript of this episode can be found here.