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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Free-Agent Franchises

Scriptnotes: Ep. 297
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Craig and John investigate the future of the 007 franchise, script-reading robots, and the realities of overhauling a movie in the editing room.

We also look at another How Would This Be a Movie idea turning into reality.

The live show at ArcLight is a week away and tickets are almost sold out. Get yours now!

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.


Television with Damon Lindelof

Scriptnotes: Ep. 296
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John sits down with Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) for a bonus-length discussion of all things TV.

We focus on getting that first job, breaking story, and how writing rooms work. We also answer listener questions ranging from knowing when to let a pilot script die, to crediting original ideas.

Finally, we talk about the notion of Idea Debt, and how to say goodbye to projects you’ll never complete.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 4-24-17: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


We’re voting yes. But.

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In this special mini-episode, John and Craig talk through the upcoming WGA strike authorization vote — what it actually means, and why they’re both voting yes.

Voting begins Tuesday in person, and Wednesday online.

We also discuss how strike authorization votes are a strange bit of negotiation theater, which Craig in particular would like to see end.

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You can download the episode here.


The Return of Malcolm

Scriptnotes: Ep. 295
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Malcolm Spellman returns to help us answer a bunch of listener questions, including the most important one: what’s Malcolm up to? (Warning! Adult language.)

Along the way, topics include sex on screen, bad managers, and thanking the writer.

Tickets for the live show are now sale! Visit Hollywood Heart to get yours.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 4-19-17: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Getting the Details Wrong

Scriptnotes: Ep. 294
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Craig and John discuss chess, bad news, baseball, God, and screenwriting competitions.

We also share exciting news about the live show, now scheduled for May 1st in Hollywood.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 3-28-17: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Psychotherapy for Screenwriters

Scriptnotes: Ep. 99
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A pernicious cold has stolen John’s voice, so he and Craig reach into the vault to unearth their conversation with screenwriter-turned-psychotherapist Dennis Palumbo, in which they discuss writer’s block, procrastination, partnerships and more. It’s a can’t-miss episode for aspiring writers and professionals alike.

In fact, this was most-reviewed episode in the still-nascent Listeners’ Guide. We’ve included a few of the reviews to give you a taste.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.