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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.

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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

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

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.


Q&A from the Superhero Spectacular

Scriptnotes: Ep. 145

Craig and John, along with their talented panelists, answer questions from the audience at the May 15, 2014 live show.

One listener references Episode 99, Psychotherapy for Screenwriters, which remains one of our favorites.

You listen to it and the whole back catalog by subscribing at Scriptnotes.net for just $1.99/month. Subscribing gives you access to all episodes through our apps for iOS and Android.

Once again, our thanks to the Writers Guild Foundation for organizing this event.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 5-28-14: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


The Summer Superhero Spectacular

Scriptnotes: Ep. 144

John and Craig are joined by the writers of the some of the biggest superhero movies to talk about why these characters resonate. Andrea Berloff looks for the primal essence of Conan. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely discuss the challenge of bringing Captain America to a global audience. David Goyer talks about keeping Batman grounded even while Superman flies. Then the whole panel gets busy rebooting randomly-assigned superheroes.

Then it’s time for the Three Page Challenge, with special guest judge Susannah Grant joining us to look at three entrants with scripts ranging from singers to zombies to yes, superheroes.

This episode was produced as a benefit for the Writers Guild Foundation, whose programs support writer education.

Links:

You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 5-23-14: The transcript of this episode can be found here.