Scriptnotes Podcast

Scriptnotes Podcast
John August and Craig Mazin discussing things screenwriters talk about.
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.
377 - The Second Draft
Dec 4, 2018 • 50 min
John is joined by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (The Invitation, Ride Along, the upcoming Destroyer) to talk about the second draft, offering some practical tips for the first big rewrite.
73 - Raiders of the Lost Ark
Nov 27, 2018 • 73 min
Craig and John spend the entire episode discussing and dissecting Raiders of the Lost Ark, looking at both its structure and scene work.
376 - Commencement
Nov 20, 2018 • 58 min
John and Craig discuss commencement, the official moment to start writing. It can be easy to get pressured into free producer rewrites, starting to write before a deal is done and other pitfalls of blurry boundaries, so the WGA is introducing the Start Bu
375 - Austin 2018 Three Page Challenge
Nov 13, 2018 • 70 min
John and Craig review three Three-Page Challenge entries with the help of Lindsay Doran (producer of Stranger Than Fiction, Sense and Sensibility, Nanny McPhee, Dead Again) and Jewerl Ross (manager and founder of Silent R Management). They then invite the
374 - Real-World Villains
Nov 6, 2018 • 59 min
John and Craig investigate actual villains in this installment of How Would This Be a Movie? From the eerily prescient writer of “How to Murder Your Husband” to the dark comedy of Jacob Wohl, sometimes reality provides the character — now you just n
373 - Austin Live Show 2018
Oct 30, 2018 • 76 min
John and Craig invite Wendy Calhoun (Station 19, Empire), Phil Hay (The Invitation, Ride Along), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel), and Jason Fuchs (Wonder Woman, Ice Age: Continental Drift) to join them onstage for a discussion ab
372 - No Writing Left Behind
Oct 23, 2018 • 52 min
John and Craig discuss the dangers of leave-behinds. The “writing before the writing” is an important part of the craft, but giving it away for free is bad for everyone. We also answer a listener question about character wants versus needs, and why t
225 - Only Haters Hate Rom-Coms
Oct 16, 2018 • 63 min
John and Craig talk romantic comedies with screenwriter Tess Morris, whose film Man Up is unapologetically part of the genre. We discuss what distinguishes rom-coms from other comedies, and why they get singled out for disdain and death-of articles.
371 - Writing Memorable Dialogue
Oct 9, 2018 • 56 min
John and Craig have a dialogue about dialogue. They discuss how thinking about memorizing lines can help write them, and how to service quieter characters in a scene. We also answer listener questions about adapting plays for the screen, creating a diff
370 - Two Things at the Same Time
Oct 2, 2018 • 66 min
John and Craig look into simultaneity and how to visually articulate two things happening at once with the temporally-limited medium of written word. We also explore how simultaneity can ramp up tension, fracture narrative and play with expectations. The
369 - What Is a Movie, Anyway?
Sep 25, 2018 • 41 min
John and Craig welcome Franklin Leonard to weigh in on the current definition of “movie.” In the age of streaming, this distinction is not only important for audiences and awards, but has a meaningful effect on how writers are paid. We also take umb
368 - Advice for a New Staff Writer
Sep 18, 2018 • 61 min
John welcomes Alison McDonald (American Dad!, Nurse Jackie, the remake of Roots) and Ryan Knighton (In the Dark) to talk through the basics of the TV writers room, covering how they got in, how much to talk, how to make a living, what to wear and what’s
367 - One Year Later
Sep 11, 2018 • 59 min
Aline Brosh McKenna joins John and Craig to discuss the progress made in the year following the Weinstein revelations. Have the systems for reporting and preventing sexual harassment improved, or are we still just dealing with hurricanes?
Extra: WGA Elections 2018
Sep 6, 2018 • 28 min
John and Craig discuss their choices for WGA Board Elections and misinformation about proposed revisions to the Screen Credits Manual.