Scriptnotes Podcast

Scriptnotes Podcast
John August and Craig Mazin discussing things screenwriters talk about.
329 - Five-Star Podnerships
Dec 12 • 78 min
John and Craig discuss showrunning, remaking existing IP, staffing, and fan behavior with Julie Plec (Vampire Diaries, The Originals), Michael Green (Bladerunner 2049, American Gods, Murder on the Orient Express, Logan), and Justin Marks (Jungle Book, Cou
328 - Pitching Television, or Being a Passionate Widget
Dec 5 • 55 min
John and Craig share their insight into pitching for television. How is it different that pitching features? How do express your passion for the project? How do you avoid being a Willy Loman pitching to a Willy Loman? (Sometimes you don’t.)
327 - Mergers and Breakups
Nov 28 • 73 min
John and Craig explore the possibilities and consequences of Disney’s potential purchase of Fox film and television studios. What might prevent the sale? What does each side stand to gain? To lose? What could it mean for writers?
326 - Austin 2017 Three Page Challenge
Nov 21 • 67 min
John and Craig review four Three-Page Challenge entries with the help of Daniela Garcia-Brcek (Literary Manager at Circle of Confusion) and Cullen Conly (Literary Agent at ICM). We then invite the writers up to discuss the notes.
325 - (Adjective) Soldier
Nov 14 • 55 min
Craig and John open the overflowing listener mailbag to tackle questions on everything from montages to life rights to passive heroes. Plus, we have a definitive answer on whether to number minor characters. (Don’t.)
324 - All of It Needs to Stop
Nov 7 • 60 min
John and Craig revisit the discussion of sexual harassment in Hollywood, and how to support writers facing it. While the media spotlight is on the predators, it’s the day-to-day bullying and bad behavior that may have a more pernicious effect.
323 - Austin Live Show 2017 (AKA Too Many Scotts)
Oct 31 • 57 min
John and Craig talk with uber-screenwriter Scott Frank (Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Minority Report, Logan) about how his feature script Godless ended up as a miniseries at Netflix.
322 - The Post-Weinstein Era
Oct 24 • 61 min
John and Craig welcome Daley Haggar and Dara Resnik to examine the potential impacts of the Harvey Weinstein revelations on Hollywood.
Scriptnotes Voice: Snitching on Sexism
Oct 23 • 9 min
Daley Haggar shares her experience in the writers room. Originally posted on Lenny Letter.
321 - Getting Stuff Written
Oct 17 • 56 min
John welcomes Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo and author of Pep Talks for Writers, to discuss the writing process and how to get out of your own way creatively.
320 - Should You Give Up?
Oct 10 • 62 min
John and Craig attempt to answer the question that many aspiring screenwriters dare not ask aloud: when — if ever — is the right time to give up on the dream of becoming a working screenwriter?
212 - Diary of a First-Time Director
Oct 3 • 66 min
John and Craig sit down with Marielle Heller, the writer and director of the acclaimed feature The Diary of a Teenage Girl, to talk about the journey of getting her movie made, from optioning the novel to the Sundance Labs through production.
319 - Movies Dodged a Bullet
Sep 26 • 72 min
John and Craig speculate about why the film industry fared better in the transition to digital while the music industry struggled.
318 - Writing Other Things
Sep 19 • 66 min
John and Craig welcome back Aline Brosh McKenna to talk about writing projects outside the familiar constraints of screenwriting.
317 - First Day on the Job
Sep 12 • 60 min
Craig and John debut a new segment: This Kind of Scene, looking at how different movies handle similar situations. The Hudsucker Proxy, The Devil Wears Prada, Hidden Figures and Training Day all need to introduce their heroes to their new workplaces. We e
316 - Distracted Boyfriend Is All of Us
Sep 5 • 55 min
John and Craig dive into another round of How Would This Be a Movie, looking at stories (and memes!) from around the world to figure out which ones might lend themselves to big-screen treatment.
315 - Big Screens, Big Money
Aug 29 • 61 min
John and Craig offer a 101 on how movies make money at theaters, and why a 1948 Supreme Court case changed everything.
314 - Unforgiven
Aug 22 • 71 min
Craig and John take a deep dive into 1992’s Unforgiven, looking at how the David Webb Peoples script works on the page and on the screen.
313 - Well, It Worked in the 80s
Aug 15 • 59 min
John and Craig look at four films from the past and discuss how we could make them today.
312 - The Magic Word Is In This Episode
Aug 8 • 55 min
Craig and John tackle a bunch of listener questions, along with follow-up on previous discussions.