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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Disaster Porn, and Spelling Things Out

Scriptnotes: Ep. 103

John and Craig discuss Damon Lindelof’s interview about how plot stakes have escalated lockstep with budget, perhaps to the point of absurdity.

Then it’s a look at why screenwriters get the note to “spell things out,” and the situations in which it’s okay or troubling to have characters speak story points. Finally, we tackle the media’s obsession with Hollywood’s demise, and why you never read a story about “what went right.”

All this, plus hedge funds, Big Fish discounts and crossword magic in the new Scriptnotes.

LINKS:

You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 8-15-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Hits, misses and hedge funds

Scriptnotes: Ep. 102

Craig and John take a look at one investor’s campaign against Sony Pictures, and George Clooney’s strong reaction. From there, we examine why studios have multiple labels — TriStar is back! — and how that affects writers.

It’s also time for another round of Three Page Challenges. We tackle at three entries, ranging from desert dystopias to urban wastelands to magical westerns.

Many listeners have asked for an easy way to get at all the back episodes. Now you can! We’ve put all 100 episodes on a custom USB flash drive, both in m4a and mp3 formats, along with transcripts and other stuff. They’re available at store.johnaugust.com.

While you’re there, you can also find the few remaining Scriptnotes t-shirts. Sizes and quantities are very limited.

LINKS:

You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 8-9-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


101: Q&A from the live show

Scriptnotes: Ep. 101

In this special bonus edition, John and Craig answer listener questions from the 100th episode with help from guests Rawson Thurber and Aline Brosh McKenna.

LINKS:

You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 8-6-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Scriptnotes, the 100th episode

Scriptnotes: Ep. 100

John and Craig are joined by Aline Brosh McKenna and Rawson Thurber for the 100th episode of Scriptnotes, recorded live at the Academy Lab in Hollywood. It was a great night with an amazing audience.

We discuss the origins of the show, the rise of the Screenwriter Plus, and that Slate article about Save The Cat! which so many listeners had mentioned. It’s such a big show that we’re splitting the audience Q&A into a separate episode.

This episode has more swearing than most, so parents beware. You might not want to play it in the car.

Huge thanks to The Academy for the event, sponsored on behalf of the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.

LINKS:

You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 8-4-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Psychotherapy for screenwriters

Scriptnotes: Ep. 99

John and Craig sit down with screenwriter-turned-psychotherapist Dennis Palumbo to discuss writer’s block, procrastination, partnerships and more. It’s a can’t-miss episode for aspiring writers and professionals alike.

The live 100th episode of Scriptnotes is this Thursday, July 25th, at the Academy Lab in Hollywood. The event is sold out, but there will probably be a stand-by line. Follow @johnaugust or @clmazin on Twitter for details.

LINKS:

You can download the episode here: AAC | mp3.

UPDATE 7-27-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Long movies, producer credits and price-fixing

Scriptnotes: Ep. 98

John and Craig discuss the Apple ebook price-fixing lawsuit and its lessons for Hollywood, before segueing to the new credits system for producers. Then: Have movies gotten too long, and would making them shorter really save money?

T-shirts. If you ordered one, you should probably have it by now. So if it’s not in your hands, email Stuart at orders@johnaugust.com to investigate.

There was confusion about the Golden Ticket. If you got a card saying, “This is the Golden Ticket!” then you have the Golden Ticket. If not, you just have a lovely card with your shirt.

There will probably be a standby line for the Live 100th episode on July 25th in Hollywood. Follow @johnaugust or @clmazin on Twitter for details.

LINKS:

You can download the episode here: AAC.

UPDATE 7-19-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.