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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Scriptnotes Live from New York

Scriptnotes: Ep. 109

John and Craig welcome their largest live audience yet for a conversation about Kickstarter, movie pilots and musicals. Joined by special guest Andrew Lippa, they talk about the special challenges and opportunities that arise when characters break into song.

It’s the biggest, gayest, most musical episode yet. Everyone sings.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 9-27-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Are two screens better than one?

Scriptnotes: Ep. 108

John and Craig debate the perils and possibilities of bringing iPads into movie theaters. Is Disney’s Little Mermaid iPad app a way to breathe new life into a classic, or a slippery slope towards cinematic ruin? It’s a conversation with plenty of umbrage — but from an unexpected source.

It’s then time for another round of Three Page Challenges. This week: hospital gowns, SARS masks, and nudity.

Links:

You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 9-18-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Talking to actors

Scriptnotes: Ep. 107

John and Craig discuss the difference between character intention and motivation, before segueing to conversations about working with actors and on-set writing.

We’ve released a new (and final) batch of seats for the live New York show on September 23rd, so grab your tickets now for a chance to see Craig and John sing on stage with special guest Andrew Lippa.

In other live-show news: we’re headed back to Austin! There will be two separate Scriptnotes panels at this year’s festival. Stay tuned for more details.

Links:

You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 9-12-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Two ENTJs walk into a bar (and fix it)

Scriptnotes: Ep. 106

John and Craig reveal their Myers-Briggs secrets as they discuss Kevin Spacey’s comments on the state of television, Eric Garcetti’s plans to address runaway production, and the WGA election.

There are still a (very) few tickets left for Scriptnotes Live in NYC on September 23rd, with Craig, John and special guest Andrew Lippa.

Links:

You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 9-6-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Adventures in semi-colons

Scriptnotes: Ep. 105

John and Craig tackle three new entries in the Three Page Challenge, ranging from space drama to killer hookers to brassy defense attorneys. Along the way, they find some awkward scene description and a few misused semi-colons.

The live NYC Scriptnotes show, the one Craig and John said might happen? It will happen: September 23rd at 8pm at New World Stages on 50th. They’ll be joined by John’s Big Fish collaborator, Andrew Lippa. Ticket info will be available soon, so keep checking back in.

LINKS:

You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 8-28-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Ender’s Game, one-hours and alt-jokes

Scriptnotes: Ep. 104

John and Craig discuss the impact of author Orson Scott Card’s personal toxicity on Ender’s Game, and what it means for that movie and how it will affect studio decisions moving forward.

That, plus alternate jokes, One Cool Things, and a Golden Ticket-inspired discussion on one hour spec pilots.

LINKS:

You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 8-22-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.