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

297 - Free-Agent Franchises  

Craig and John investigate the future of the 007 franchise, script-reading robots, and the realities of overhauling a movie in the editing room.

We also look at another How Would This Be a Movie idea turning into reality.

The live show at ArcLight is a week away and tickets are almost sold out. Get yours now!

Links:

Scriptnotes, Episode 214: Clerks and Recreation French Train Bros Scriptnotes, Episode 232: Fun with Numbers ScriptBook ScriptBook Sample Coverage The Battle for James Bond Passengers, Rearranged Important, Not Important Stephen King Pop Songs Pinball Arcade: The Addams Family John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Find past episodes Outro by Rajesh Naroth (send us yours!)

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296 - Television with Damon Lindelof  

John sits down with Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) for a bonus-length discussion of all things TV.

We focus on getting that first job, breaking story, and how writing rooms work. We also answer listener questions ranging from knowing when to let a pilot script die, to crediting original ideas.

Finally, we talk about the notion of Idea Debt, and how to say goodbye to projects you’ll never complete.

Links:

Damon Lindelof The Leftovers: Final Season Trailer Jessica Abel on Idea Debt How I Got Out of Idea Debt by John Sexton Occupied City Girl John Hodgman's Only Child John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Find past episodes Outro by Rajesh Naroth (send us yours!)

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We’re voting yes. But.  

In this special mini-episode, John and Craig talk through the upcoming WGA strike authorization vote — what it actually means, and why they’re both voting yes.

Voting begins Tuesday in person, and Wednesday online.

We also discuss how strike authorization votes are a strange bit of negotiation theater, which Craig in particular would like to see end.

Links:

Scriptnotes, Episode 289: WGA Negotiations 101 WGA Strike Authorization

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295 - The Return of Malcolm  

Malcolm Spellman returns to help us answer a bunch of listener questions, including the most important one: what’s Malcolm up to? (Warning! Adult language.)

Along the way, topics include sex on screen, bad managers, and thanking the writer.

Tickets for the live show are now sale! Visit Hollywood Heart to get yours.

Links:

Scriptnotes Live Show Tickets The Hatton Garden Job Patrick Lenton's Dog Story MLB The Show 17 Fantastic Negrito Malcolm Spellman on Twitter John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Find past episodes Outro by Jeff Bayson (send us yours!)

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294 - Getting the Details Wrong  

Craig and John discuss chess, bad news, baseball, God, and screenwriting competitions.

We also share exciting news about the live show, now scheduled for May 1st in Hollywood.

Links:

The Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest Adam Sternbergh's Tweet Good Times - DAMN DAAAMN DAAAAAAMN Jonathan Coulton - All This Time Portal - 'Still Alive' Every Noise At Once John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Find past episodes Outro by Ben Singer (send us yours!)

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99 - Psychotherapy for Screenwriters  

A pernicious cold has stolen John's voice, so he and Craig reach into the vault to unearth their conversation with screenwriter-turned-psychotherapist Dennis Palumbo, in which they discuss writer’s block, procrastination, partnerships and more. It’s a can’t-miss episode for aspiring writers and professionals alike.

In fact, this was most-reviewed episode in the still-nascent Listeners’ Guide. We’ve included a few of the reviews to give you a taste.

Links:

Dennis Palumbo, author and psychotherapist Dennis's book Night Terrors: A Daniel Rinaldi Mystery on Amazon Impostor Syndrome on Wikipedia The Imposter Paper Karma helps you control your mailbox The Secret in Their Eyes John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Find past episodes Outro by Stuart Friedel (send us yours!)

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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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You can download the episode here.

 

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!)

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

 

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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You can download the episode here.

 

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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You can download the episode here.

 

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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You can download the episode here.

 

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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You can download the episode here.

 

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