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 Secret Live Show in Austin

Scriptnotes: Ep. 272

Craig sits down for a late-night session with screenwriters Katie Dippold, Phil Hay, Tess Morris and Malcolm Spellman to finally answer the question, “How does anyone make it in Hollywood.” Plus questions from the packed audience at the Austin Film Festival.

Thanks to our guests, our audience, and our hosts at AFF for a great night.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 10-21-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Buckling Down

Scriptnotes: Ep. 271

John and Craig discuss the psychological barriers facing writers tackling big projects, and offer practical guidance for getting stuff written.

We also respond to a listener question about autism spectrum disorder and how it might impact a screenwriting career.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 10-14-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


John Lee Hancock

Scriptnotes: Ep. 270

Craig enlists the help of another John (Lee Hancock) to hold down the fort with regular John away. The two discuss JLH’s career, starting out as a lawyer in Texas and breaking into the film industry as a writer and director.

We also answer listener questions on mystery, copyright and collaboration.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 10-11-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Mystery Vs. Confusion

Scriptnotes: Ep. 269

John and Craig compare mystery and confusion, and how you can have more of the former with less of the latter. We use these lessons as we look at three new entries in the Three Page Challenge.

We also answer listener questions on flashbacks and capitalizing on festival success.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 10-11-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


(Sometimes) You Need a Montage

Scriptnotes: Ep. 268

John and Craig come to the defense of montages in screenwriting, giving examples of how and when the much-maligned device can be employed to benefit the story.

We also share our thoughts on the latest incarnation of Final Draft, plus new listener questions on sex scenes and resuscitating old scripts.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 9-27-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Dig Two Graves

Scriptnotes: Ep. 267

John and Craig reprise their roles as development execs in “How Would This Be a Movie?” Looking at four true crime stories, the duo discuss what makes a great screenplay idea, and conversely, which stories work better as a serialized TV drama.

We also attempt to brighten the spirits of aspiring writers living outside of LA, New York and London, sharing the experiences of Scriptnotes listeners across the globe who have found their way into the Hollywood system from abroad.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 9-22-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.