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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The One from Paris

Scriptnotes: Ep. 282

John welcomes Aline Brosh McKenna to the City of Lights, where they answer listener questions about cheating reality and bilingual characters.

They then invite a special guest on to talk about adaptation and autobiography. When writing about your own life, how much do you need to worry about portraying your friends and family?

Both of the 2016 Scriptnotes t-shirts are headed back to print — but only for two weeks! If you missed out the first time, make sure to get yours today.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 1-08-17: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Holiday Homeopathy Spectacular

Scriptnotes: Ep. 281

John and Craig ditch their jobs as screenwriters to play quackery sleuths, investigating the practice of homeopathy and what it can teach us about how narrative shapes belief.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 12-30-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Black List Boys Don’t Cry

Scriptnotes: Ep. 280

John and Craig discuss post-scriptum depression, that low feeling you sometimes get when finishing a screenplay.

We also look at some of the trends in the most recent Black List, and a protest over Boys Don’t Cry which has one of us shaking his damn head.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 12-26-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


What Do They Want?

Scriptnotes: Ep. 279

John and Craig look at how heroes let us know what they’re after, with or without a song.

We also answer listener questions about how much despair to feel when a movie similar to your spec is announced, getting staffed off of improv groups, and whether we’re wrong about gurus. (We’re not.)

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 12-19-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Revenge of the Clams

Scriptnotes: Ep. 278

John and Craig look at phrases that have been banned from comedy writing rooms, and more generally why making a list of what you will never do can help you figure out what you should do.

We also answer listener questions about character names, life rights and sticking to a genre.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 12-08-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Fantasy and Reality

Scriptnotes: Ep. 277

Craig and John look at how writers, and screenwriters in particular, impact the way people think about things in the real world. From crime scenes to courtrooms to CPR, we simplify things for storytelling and leave audiences with skewed expectations.

In follow up, Craig invited Final Draft into his life (and office), actors’ accents got analyzed, and more news came out about fake news.

We also be answer listener questions about LA neighborhoods and the gulf between getting read and getting paid.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 12-01-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.