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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WGA Negotiations 101

Scriptnotes: Ep. 289
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Craig and John take a deep dive looking at how the Writers Guild attempts to make a deal with the studios on behalf of film and TV writers.

Then we answer listener questions about writing for producers versus writing for the audience, and last steps when finishing up a script.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.


Betty, Veronica and Craig

Scriptnotes: Ep. 288
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John and Craig look at what screenwriters can pick up from Kellyanne Conway, plus what John learned from going through the copy-editing process on his book.

We also answer listener questions about moving to Los Angeles and whether to use a pen name.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 2-18-17: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Hollywood is Always Dying

Scriptnotes: Ep. 287
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Craig and John discuss a Vanity Fair article about the impending disruption of Hollywood and are unimpressed. The better question worth asking: if this were the end of the film and television industry, what signs would we look for?

Then it’s finally time to answer listener questions about folktales, translators and writers who just don’t get it.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 2-12-17: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Script Doctors, Dialogue and Hacks

Scriptnotes: Ep. 286
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John and Craig return to the topic of dialogue, looking at how characters talk in film and why dialogue matters.

We also discuss two terms often applied to screenwriters, and why people should stop using them.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 2-06-17: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Sinbad and the Sea-Monkeys

Scriptnotes: Ep. 285
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John and Craig take a look at stories in the news — and elsewhere — to ask How Would This Be a Movie?

This week, we’ve got brine shrimp, Nazis, sympathetic kidnappers, and metaphysical paradoxes. What’s more, we’ve got a possible Nicole Perlman situation.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 1-30-17: The transcript of this episode can be found here.