Scriptnotes Podcast

Scriptnotes Podcast
John August and Craig Mazin discussing things screenwriters talk about.
396 - Big Numbers
Apr 16 • 43 min
John and Craig talk big numbers, from the latest developments in the WGA/agency situation, to the announcement of Disney+ and the final installment of the Star Wars non-ology.
395 - All in this Together
Apr 9 • 54 min
John and Craig explore the challenge of creating a movie with a group of heroes and multiple points of view.
394 - Broken but Sympathetic
Apr 2 • 63 min
John and Craig welcome back Can You Ever Forgive Me? director Marielle Heller to discuss the challenge of creating a hero the audience can root for while also establishing that the character must change.
393 - Twenty Questions About the Agency Agreement
Mar 26 • 45 min
John welcomes WGA negotiation committee members Chris Keyser and Angelina Burnett to answer listener questions on what’s happening and what to expect.
392 - The Final Moment
Mar 19 • 62 min
John and Craig examine the final moment in movies, what they do and why they change so often.
391 - When It’s All Said and Done
Mar 12 • 57 min
John and Craig welcome back Aline Brosh McKenna to talk about what she learned producing four seasons of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
390 - Getting Staffed
Mar 5 • 68 min
John and Craig proudly welcome back former Scriptnotes producer Megan McDonnell to tell her journey from film student to getting staffed on her first television show.
389 - The Future of the Industry
Feb 26 • 72 min
John and Craig invite back Chris Keyser, co-chair of the WGA’s 2019 Agency Agreement negotiating committee, to discuss the issues.
388 - The Clown Stays in the Picture
Feb 19 • 62 min
John welcomes Matt Selman, executive producer of The Simpsons, for a deep dive look at the three-year process of developing a single episode from initial idea to the finished product.
Scriptnotes, 387: Seattle Live Show 2019
Feb 12 • 75 min
John and Craig head north to host Scriptnotes Live in Seattle. They welcome Emily Zulauf to discuss the process of pitching projects at Pixar, creating stories with heart out of pure misery, and when to admit you “don’t have it” and start over….
Extra: The Agency Agreement
Feb 7 • 1 min
John and Craig offer a special reminder to guild members to attend one of the upcoming WGA Agency Agreement meetings.
386 - The Princess Bride
Feb 5 • 56 min
John and Craig host a live show at the WGA Theatre with a deep dive look at The Princess Bride. They discuss how the “abridged” structure brings us only the best parts of the story and what this means for the characters and world: less exposition and
385 - Rules and Plans
Jan 29 • 58 min
John and Craig discuss when and how to break screenplay orthodoxy, from experimental formatting to narrative misdirects. They also examine why it’s important that your characters create, communicate, and break plans.
384 - Plot Holes
Jan 22 • 57 min
John and Craig dive into plot holes: why they happen, how to fix them, why not to fix them, and how to turn them into opportunities.
383 - Splitting the Party
Jan 15 • 67 min
John and Craig talk about the trope of “Never split the party,” and why, as a writer, you often want and need to divide up your characters to better explore relationships, propel the story forward, give actors something to do, and simply fit everyone
382 - Professional Realism
Jan 8 • 59 min
John welcomes Derek Haas (Chicago Fire, 3:10 to Yuma, 2 Fast 2 Furious) to talk about writing accurate portrayals of different jobs, and when to sacrifice reality for storytelling. They also share their time-management strategies in honor of those New Yea
381 - Becoming a Professional Screenwriter
Jan 1 • 67 min
John welcomes Tess Morris, Christina Hodson, Nicole Perlman, and Jason Fuchs to discuss their paths to becoming a professional screenwriter. They track the progression from glass bead day jobs to navigating general meetings to planning inconsistent financ
380 - Double Ampersand
Dec 25, 2018 • 28 min
John sits down with Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens to discuss their new film Mortal Engines, and their approach to writing as a team, worldbuilding, and rewriting through production, because one does not simply walk into Mordor.
379 - Holiday Live Show 2018
Dec 18, 2018 • 75 min
John and Craig welcome Pamela Ribon (Ralph Breaks the Internet, Smurfs: The Lost Village), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Into the Spiderverse, The Lego Movie), Zoanne Clack (Grey’s Anatomy) and Cherry Chevapravatdumrong (Family Guy, The Orville) to discus
378 - The Worst of the Worst
Dec 11, 2018 • 53 min
John and Craig examine why and how writers need to make bad things happen to their characters, and the ways in which hero suffering differs between features and television.