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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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.


AMA With Derek Haas

Scriptnotes: Ep. 284
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Craig and Scriptnotes friend Derek Haas answer listener questions ranging from getting started in Hollywood to interviewing entertainment attorneys.

We also leave a message for a Scriptnotes listener to hear years in the future.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 1-20-17: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Director Disorientation

Scriptnotes: Ep. 283
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John and Craig look at the newly-negotiated DGA deal, and what it portends for writers — in particular, TV showrunners and those who want to direct.

Then Kelly Marcel joins us for a new round of the Three Page Challenge, where we look at 80’s cyberpunk, dollhead ghosts, and the whimsical delusions of a bored movie theater worker.

Because you demanded it, they’re printing an extra run of the 2016 Scriptnotes shirts. This is the last week to order, so get yours now.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 1-14-17: The transcript of this episode can be found here.