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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Stranger Things and Other Things

Scriptnotes: Ep. 266

John and Craig dive into Netflix’s Stranger Things, discussing how macro writing decisions contributed to the show’s success. (There are inevitably some spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you can skip from the start of that segment to the next one, which begins at 41:22.)

We also look at the upcoming WGA election and the candidates.

Next week, we will be doing a new installment of How Would This Be a Movie, so follow the links below to read ahead.

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Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 9-09-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Sheep Crossing Roads

Scriptnotes: Ep. 265

John and Craig discuss obstacles, those things your characters hate but desperately need.

We also follow up on the great Peter Dodd episode and answer listener questions on writing action, anecdotes as IP and other topics.

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You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 9-02-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


The One With the Agent

Scriptnotes: Ep. 264

Craig and John speak with agent Peter Dodd about what he looks for in a writer client, and how he sees the relationships between writers and agents and managers and executives.

We ask all the questions: How does he find new writers? Do competitions matter? How about query letters? And once he has a script in his hands, how much does he read before he knows if wants to sign the writer as a client? Peter answers everything candidly. Even we gasped a few times.

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You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 8-26-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Frequently Asked Questions about Screenwriting

Scriptnotes: Ep. 263

John and Craig introduce “The 100 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Screenwriting,” a curation of questions from screenwriting.io.

We also take on the Three Page Challenge, with stories from Sinaloa, Mexico to the mind of Mark Twain.

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You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 8-19-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Tidy Screenwriting

Scriptnotes: Ep. 262

John and Craig apply the principles of Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” to screenwriting. How can screenwriters learn to let go of beloved scenes, characters, and entire scripts?

We also answer listener questions, including the recent plagiarism ruling in favor of John Carpenter in a French court.

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You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 8-12-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Don’t Think Twice

Scriptnotes: Ep. 261

Craig and guest host Mike Birbiglia discuss Mike’s new film, Don’t Think Twice, a comedy about life as an improv performer. The two explore the current state of independent film and the challenges facing aspiring filmmakers.

Craig and Mike also answer listener questions, including one on assassinating a fictional president.

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You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 8-5-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.