Scriptnotes Podcast

Scriptnotes Podcast

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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.

Episodes

293 - Underground Railroad of Love  

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:

Most Hated Woman in America | Official Trailer The New Underground Railroad A Safe House for Refugees You May Want to Marry My Husband Prenda, Copyright and Porn Prenda Law Couch to 5K 5K to 10K You Had Us At Hello I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore Irene Turner on Twitter John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Find past episodes Outro by Victor Krause (send us yours!)

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292 - Question Time  

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:

Scriptnotes Listener Guide The Vanity Credit Turns 100 "The Cunning “American Bitch” Episode of “Girls”" Stop John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Find past episodes Outro by Matthew Chilelli (send us yours!)

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291 - California Cannibal Cults  

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:

ScriptShadow Scriptnotes Listener Guide Three Pages by John Lambert Three Pages by Nathaniel Nauert Three Pages by Alexandra Gioulakis Jack Thorne Beat The Boss 3-in-1 J8 phone Prison Phones and the FCC John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Find past episodes Outro by Panic Moon (send us yours!)

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290 - The Social Media Episode  

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:

UltraViolet Stop Using Filler Words Homeopathic Teething Tablets Scriptnotes Listener Guide Fruji It's Not About The Nail Archive.org Ballotpedia Rusty Lake: Roots John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Find past episodes Outro by Eric Pearson (send us yours!)

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289 - WGA Negotiations 101  

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:

Kellyanne Conway’s interview tricks, explained On shared false memories Allison Schroeder Avoid a Screenwriting Trap: No Film School article Greece Fran Bow John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Find past episodes Outro by Kristian Gotthelf (send us yours!)

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288 - Betty, Veronica and Craig  

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:

Riverdale Promo Kellyanne Conway Google Ngram viewer for toward, towards Spare-A-Rose Campaign Eurostar Snap John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Find past episodes Outro by Panic Moon (send us yours!)

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287 - Hollywood is Always Dying  

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:

Scriptnotes Extra: A Refugee Story Their Story is Our Story Vale Hollywood is already over MPAA Statistics IMDb is shutting down its message boards Go IMDb Thread New York Times Wall Street Journal John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Find past episodes Outro by Malcolm Nygard (send us yours!)

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286 - Script Doctors, Dialogue and Hacks  

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:

 

Episode 37: Let’s talk about dialogue Finding Carter Trailer The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys The Mandela Effect David Kwong and Dilemma Discourse Marker How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind Women John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Find past episodes Outro by Puddles Pity Party (send us yours!)

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A Refugee Story  

In this bonus mini-episode, John talks with Nima Yousefi, the wizard behind Highland and Weekend Read, about his experience as an Iranian refugee, and his fears for the future in light of the travel ban.

Links:

Reichstag Fire ACLU

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285 - Sinbad and the Sea-Monkeys  

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:

John's Madrid Talk John's Madrid Talk II Abducted at Birth and Found 18 Years Later The Real Story of Sea Monkeys Sinbad in the Genie Movie The Mandela Effect Young Thug - Wyclef Jean Potassium Iodide John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Find past episodes Outro by Matthew Chilelli (send us yours!)

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284 - AMA With Derek Haas  

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:

Scriptnotes Midnight Blue T-shirt Scriptnotes Gold Standard T-shirt Sundance Episodic Story Lab 9 Celebrated Sundance Screenwriters Lab Alumni Rafael Agustin Calvin Reeder Eboni Freeman and Mike Flynn WGA Veterans Writing Project Derek Haas on Twitter John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Find past episodes Outro by Bleak Gilliam (send us yours!)

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283 - Director Disorientation  

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:

Scriptnotes Midnight Blue T-shirt Scriptnotes Gold Standard T-shirt Empty Cup Awards The DGA Deal Three Pages by Julian von Nagel & Gathering Marbet Three Pages by Christine Trageser Three Pages by Pascoe Foxell Send us your Three Pages The Glossary of Happiness Search Party Sony Contact Lenses Kelly Marcel on Twitter John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Get your 250 episode USB Find past episodes Outro by Adam Pasulka (send us yours!)

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282 - The One from Paris  

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:

Scriptnotes Midnight Blue T-shirt Scriptnotes Gold Standard T-shirt More Of The Same: Excerpts Of Self-Sabotage Turning Point: Carrie Fisher's Latest Star Turn Weapons of Math Destruction Colombe Schneck on Twitter John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Get your 250 episode USB Find past episodes Outro by Matthew Chilelli (send us yours!)

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281 - Holiday Homeopathy Spectacular  

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:

What is Homeopathy? The History of Homeopathy Oscillococcinum - "Oscillo" FTC Labeling Science Vs [#11 Antidepressants](https://gimletmedia.com/episode/11-antidepressants/) French Pharmacists Quackwatch John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Get your 250 episode USB Find past episodes Outro by Tim Minchin (send us yours!)

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280 - Black List Boys Don't Cry  

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:

Hulu Developing Foxy Brown

Scriptnotes Gold Standard T-shirt

Scriptnotes Midnight Blue T-shirt

Writer Emergency Pack

The sexiest and craziest French film title translations

Pardon My Titres

Pardon My Titres: Bad Biology

Secret Life of Dr. James Miranda Barry

Reed College Boys Don't Cry Protest

TransferWise

Venmo

John August on Twitter

Craig Mazin on Twitter

John on Instagram

Get your 250 episode USB

Find past episodes

Outro by Matthew Chilelli (send us yours!)

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279 - What Do They Want?  

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:

Download Weekend Read Auli'i Cravalho - How Far I'll Go from Moana Terry Rossio's Wordplay The Evolution of 'Like' Brookstone App-Controlled Bluetooth Alarm Clock John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Get your 250 episode USB Find past episodes Outro by Rajesh Naroth (send us yours!)

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278 - Revenge of the Clams  

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:

Scriptnotes Midnight Blue T-shirt Scriptnotes Gold Standard T-shirt No, Gotham, That’s Not How Tightropes Work Jay Allan Zimmerman's Broadway Concert John Quaintance's Tweet The List of Clams The Good Place on NBC Mike on Join Us in France Watch Dogs 2 Trailer John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Get your 250 episode USB Find past episodes Outro by Eric Pearson (send us yours!)

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277 - Fantasy and Reality  

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:

The Black Widow "I’ve Been Making Viral Fake News for the Last Six Months..." Dialect coach Erik Singer Wendy Zukerman on Science Vs. The CSI Effect FTC Labeling Alan Levinowitz for Slate: Will labels backfire? Duolingo How to carve a turkey John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Get your 250 episode USB Find past episodes Outro by Victor Krause (send us yours!)

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276 - Mammoths of Mercy  

Writer-director Chris Sparling joins John and Craig to discuss his new film Mercy, and what it’s like to make a movie for Netflix. Then it’s another round of How Would This Be a Movie, with stories including ex-girlfriends, fake news, and permafrost ivory.

Plus we answer listener questions on cosplay, criticism and parallel structures.

Links:

Mercy Trailer Dear Mike’s New Girlfriend How a Fake News Writer Earned Donald Trump the White House 9 'Onion' Articles Taken Seriously How One Amazon Kindle Scam Made Millions of Dollars The Mammoth Pirates Seasonal Flu Shot USB-C Rise of the Boogeyman John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Get your 250 episode USB Find past episodes Outro by Pedro Aguilera (send us yours!)

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175 - Twelve Days of Scriptnotes  

In this very special episode from 2014, Craig and John welcome special guests Aline Brosh McKenna, Rachel Bloom, B.J. Novak, Jane Espenson and Derek Haas to talk about writing books, movies and especially television.

Aline and Rachel just finished shooting a pilot called Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. We discuss the genesis of the project, and how sexism is just stupid.

B.J. tells us about the joy of reading Inglorious Basterds, and how the key to success is apparently editing your high school newspaper.

Jane and Derek teach us what really goes on in the writers room, from secret lingo to codes of silence.

Plus there are songs!

Recorded with a live audience at LA Film School as a benefit for the Writers Guild Foundation. Huge thanks to everyone who came and supported the show.

Links:

The Writers Guild Foundation Aline Brosh McKenna on episodes 60, 76, 100, 101, 119, 123, 124 152, and 161 For Universal Pictures, Zero Blockbusters Equals Record Profits on Forbes Showtime Nabs Comedy With Musical Elements From Aline Brosh McKenna on Deadline Rachel Bloom and on IMDb and YouTube B.J. Novak and on IMDb The Book With No Pictures and One More Thing, both by B.J. Novak Jane Espenson and on IMDb Derek Haas and on IMDb and episode 83 Aaron Sorkin sad that Newsroom writer’s objection to rape plot violated his privacy on A.V. Club Intro by Scriptnotes editor Matthew Chilelli (send us yours!)

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