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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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.

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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.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

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


Scriptnotes: Back to Austin with Rian Johnson and Kelly Marcel

Scriptnotes: Ep. 115

Craig and John head to the Austin Film Festival for another live edition of Scriptnotes. Everything is bigger in Texas, including the crowd for this packed show featuring Looper writer/director Rian Johnson and Saving Mr. Banks screenwriter Kelly Marcel.

We talk about following up on success, the importance of trusted readers and the merits of specs for established writers. Then it’s the first-ever game of That’s One Way to Go, in which John and Craig have to incorporate asinine ideas into development projects. Selling out has never been more fun.

We had a great time at AFF, and the live show was definitely a highlight. Thanks to our hosts, our amazing guests and especially the terrific audience.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 10-31-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Blockbusters

Scriptnotes: Ep. 114

This week, John and Craig go big to look all things blockbuster. First, Anita Elberse’s new book Blockbusters argues that giant movies are a comparatively safe bet for Hollywood. Meanwhile, Gravity is the movie on everyone’s lips, but will we learn the right lessons, or just try to put more movie stars in space?

Speaking of big name actors, wow, some of them don’t seem to like being directed. Finally, we offer some advice on following up after general meetings. All this and slightly more in the 114th edition of Scriptnotes.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 10-23-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Not Safe for Children

Scriptnotes: Ep. 113

Explicit language warning! Even the titles of this week’s Three Page Challenge entries are filthy, so John and Craig let the f-bombs fly. We also look at Diablo Cody’s useful list of things no one ever tells you about being a successful screenwriter.

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You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 10-17-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Let me give you some advice

Scriptnotes: Ep. 112

Craig and John go back to basics with an all advice episode, looking at the Dear J.J. recommendations for Star Wars, Tony Gilroy’s advice to screenwriters and whatever’s up with Max Landis.

From there, they open the listener mailbag to answer questions ranging from mastering characters’ voices to indie financing.

Links:

You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 10-10-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.