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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Q&A from the Holiday Spectacular

Scriptnotes: Ep. 124

John, Craig, and guests take questions from the audience at the Scriptnotes Holiday Spectacular. Topics include TV writing careers, what to do once you have an agent, overcoming gender stereotypes, rewriting Dodgeball, and more.

Have a happy, healthy and safe New Year.

Links:

You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 12-31-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Scriptnotes Holiday Spectacular

Scriptnotes: Ep. 123

‘Twas the Holiday Scriptnotes and at our behest,
Craig and John were joined by our six favorite guests.

“Now Kelly! Now Lindsay! Now Richard and Rawson!
On Aline and on Franklin! (Whose Black List is awesome.)”

They talk characters’ wants, trends good and bad,
And what’s to be done when a “yes” is had.

So open your eggnog, set your volume just right,
Happy Scriptnotes to all, and to all a good night.

Recorded live on December 19th, 2013 at the LA Film School as a benefit for the Writers Guild Foundation.

Links:

You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 12-30-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Young Billionaire’s Guide to Hollywood

Scriptnotes: Ep. 122

John and Craig offer advice for super-rich aspirants about the film and television industry. If you have enough money to do anything, what should you do first? Do you want to make money, or make art? Or do you just want to hang out with famous people? No judgements.

Then we tackle another set of Three Page Challenges, with scripts ranging from Twitter-age slashers to animated birds.

Our next episode will be the Live Holiday Show, which airs Tuesday after Thursday’s recording. We hope to keep on our normal schedule through the end of the year, but there’s a chance we’ll skip a week.

LINKS

You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 12-21-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend’s Screenwriter

Scriptnotes: Ep. 121

Writer/director/actor/comedian Mike Birbiglia joins John and Craig to talk about writing for yourself, and how his one-man shows have translated into his films Sleepwalk With Me and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend. We talk movies and television, stand-up and screenplays, and the upside of failure.

In other news, there’s now an official app for Scriptnotes, available for iOS and Android. If you like your current setup, keep doing what you’re doing, because nothing has changed. The last 20 episodes will always be free. The app allows you listen to the back 100 episodes for a monthly subscription.

LINKS

You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

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


Let’s talk about coverage

Scriptnotes: Ep. 120

Craig and John talk readers and coverage, centering their discussion on profound_whatever’s infographic charting 300 submissions and the lessons screenwriters can take from it.

After that, we talk about the recent DGA deal with the AMPTP, and the degree to which it might predict the upcoming WGA negotiations.

Finally, we discuss getting high and are generally buzz-kills. Sorry.

LINKS:

You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 12-5-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Positive Moviegoing

Scriptnotes: Ep. 119

Aline Brosh McKenna joins John and Craig to discuss watching movies with an open mind and why it’s important to befriend other writers.

Also this week: what to do when your outline collapses and a look at going broke in your 50s.

The Scriptnotes Live Holiday Show on December 19th is technically sold out, but there’s a chance seats will open up, so keep an eye on Twitter.

LINKS:

You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 12-1-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.