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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Underground Railroad of Love

Scriptnotes: Ep. 293
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Special guest Irene Turner joins Craig and John for a new round of “How Would This Be a Movie?”

In this episode, we look at Jake Halpern’s article on Canada-bound refugees, Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s moving personal ad for her husband, and the porn-filled saga of Prenda Law.

Irene’s latest film, The Most Hated Woman in America, debuts March 24th on Netflix.

Stay tuned after the closing credits for a bonus segment from the new rom-com podcast You Had Us at Hello by Tess Morris and Billy Mernit.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 3-16-17: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Question Time

Scriptnotes: Ep. 292
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John and Craig answer listener questions about credits and casting, pilots and professional experience. Does Tom Ford really need his name on the poster twice? Kinda. It’s complicated.

The live show with Rian Johnson has been postponed, likely to April. We’ll keep you posted.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 3-16-17: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


California Cannibal Cults

Scriptnotes: Ep. 291
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It’s a new Three Page Challenge, where John and Craig take a look at listeners’ scenes and offer their honest critique.

We also discuss techniques for letting the audience know your characters’ names. Plus, Craig has been stockpiling his umbrage for weeks, and may have found a worthy target.

Huge thanks to special guest narrator Elizabeth Banks.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 3-16-17: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


The Social Media Episode

Scriptnotes: Ep. 290
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Craig and John discuss how and whether screenwriters should use social media.

We also invite longtime listeners to tell us which episodes are worth pointing out to newcomers, and answer a listener question on writing short films.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 3-06-17: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


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.

UPDATE 3-03-17: The transcript of this episode can be found 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.