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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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.


Time Travel with Richard Kelly

Scriptnotes: Ep. 118

John and Craig wind back the clock with writer-director Richard Kelly to look at the origins of Donnie Darko, and how a recent film-school grad gets a movie made.

Along the way, we talk about Sundance and slow success, scope creep and transmedia.

The Scriptnotes Live Holiday Show will be Thursday, December 19th, 2013. Tickets go on sale November 20th at 10am. Links below.

LINKS:

You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 11-24-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Not Just Dialogue

Scriptnotes: Ep. 117

John and Craig take an extended look at how sound works in movies, and how screenwriters can take advantage of it on the page.

Also this week, advice on naming characters, and what to do when the first cut of your movie is not at all what you had in mind.

Links:

You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 11-16-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Damsels in distress

Scriptnotes: Ep. 116

Craig and John love women and jeopardy, but folks, we gotta stop kidnapping girlfriends as plot devices. We discuss ways to avoid this trope.

In other news, T-Bone Burnett has a great name and strong words about copyright and making a living. Readers have questions about pseudonyms, second acts and breaking the back of a new project. Plus, more terrible managers.

T-shirts are back, starting today! But pre-orders stop November 15th, so don’t dally.

John is hosting a Big Fish talkback on Saturday, November 23rd after the matinee, so use your SCRIPT code to get tickets now.

Links:

You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 11-9-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.