Scriptnotes Podcast

Scriptnotes Podcast
John August and Craig Mazin discussing things screenwriters talk about.
341 - Knowing vs. Discovering
Mar 13 • 56 min
John and Craig consider how much a writer should know before going into a scene, looking at the perks and pitfalls of planning and letting oneself discover.
340 - What’s the Plan, Anyway?
Mar 6 • 58 min
John and Craig speculate what Luke Skywalker’s plan might have been in the opening of Return of the Jedi. They consider heroes’ plans generally, the allowance we grant as an audience for opening sequences and the foul taste of “logic ketchup.”
339 - Mostly Terrible People
Feb 27 • 68 min
John and Craig evaluate another set of exceptional news stories for their fitness for the big screen in this week’s How Would This Be a Movie?
338 - We’re Back, Baby
Feb 20 • 56 min
John and Craig reunite to answer our backlog of listener questions.
337 - The One with Stephen Schiff
Feb 13 • 45 min
John is joined by The Americans’ executive producer Stephen Schiff at a live Scriptnotes taping in New York! They discuss grounding an outrageous premise in character, suspension of disbelief, premium act breaks, and writing for a foreign language.
65 - The Next 117 Pages
Feb 6 • 61 min
John and Craig talk about everything that comes after the oft-discussed First Three Pages, speculating on the kinds of issues they’d spot if they were looking at full scripts.
336 - Call Me by Your Name
Jan 30 • 56 min
John and Aline welcome Peter Spears, producer of Call Me by Your Name, to discuss how the film came to be, from optioning the novel through its long development and multiple roadblocks.
335 - Introducing Launch
Jan 23 • 32 min
John and Craig introduce Launch, John’s new podcast about making a book. Over the course of six episodes, the series tracks the process of writing and shipping a novel, from idea to printing.
334 - Worst Case Scenarios
Jan 16 • 59 min
John and Craig ponder worst case scenarios that might usher the end of screenwriting as we know it. What are the odds that screenwriters lose work because an economic crash keeps movies from getting made? That screenwriting gets outsourced? That human scr
333 - The End of the Beginning
Jan 9 • 59 min
John and Craig tackle that tricky stretch of screenplay between crystalizing what the story is going to be and the protagonist actually embarking upon it: the end of Act 1.
332 - Wait for It
Jan 2 • 58 min
John and Craig discuss suspense and its function in all genres, from thrillers to romcoms. They examine suspense of the known and of the unknown and the techniques available to construct it.
331 - We Had the Same Idea
Dec 26, 2017 • 63 min
John and Craig offer advice to those who suspect their work has been stolen, providing a checklist to help determine if a claim has merit and suggestions for how to best proceed if it does.
330 - A Cop’s Cop Show
Dec 19, 2017 • 46 min
John and Craig give notes on a pilot script by our Homecoming Live Show Winner, Andrew Thalheimer. The Harrows is an hour-long police drama that centers on the relationship between a straight-laced new recruit and his street-wise father after they are ass
329 - Five-Star Podnerships
Dec 12, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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.