Scriptnotes Podcast

Scriptnotes Podcast
John August and Craig Mazin discussing things screenwriters talk about.
351 - Full Circle
May 22 • 56 min
John and Craig talk about the way that movies tend to bring their stories full circle, and what that means for writers trying to figure out their story beats. They discuss rhyming, bookending and how properly setting up the central thematic question help
350 - Limerence
May 15 • 58 min
John and co-host John Gatins sit down with Aline Brosh McKenna and Rachel Bloom to discuss the experience of writing the third season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, from breaking story in hot tubs to adjusting genital-related dances in compliance with Broadcast
349 - Putting Words on the Page
May 8 • 57 min
John and Craig discuss the digital tools of the trade. From outline to first draft to production rewrites, screenwriters find themselves facing different challenges. We talk about what works for each of us. We also speculate on what impact Highland 2’s
348 - All About Family
May 1 • 59 min
John and Craig partake in another installment of How Would This Be a Movie? Which story is destined for the big screen: The millennial mother with her surprise, Youtube-guided childbirth? The couple that has the same fight for decades? The Japanese famili
347 - Conflict of Interest
Apr 24 • 61 min
John and Craig examine the myriad conflicts of interest that arise in Hollywood, from self-dealing studios to packaging fees to pilot season.
346 - Changing the Defaults
Apr 17 • 56 min
John sits down with screenwriter Christina Hodson to discuss race, gender, and representation in Hollywood, and how screenwriters can help correct the status quo with the one thing they can control: the words on the page.
345 - Love, Aptaker & Berger
Apr 10 • 57 min
John and Craig welcome Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, the writing team that showruns This Is Us and just made history with Love, Simon.
344 - Comedy Geometry
Apr 3 • 56 min
Craig welcomes Alec Berg, executive producer of two current HBO comedies (Barry and Silicon Valley), to discuss balancing productivity and creative energy, “comedy geometry,” and identifying as a craftsman rather than an artist.
343 - The One with the Indie Producer
Mar 27 • 52 min
John welcomes independent producer Keith Calder to discuss what a producer actually does, how financing and distribution strategies have changed with streaming, and how to approach film festivals as a filmmaker.
342 - Getting Paid for It
Mar 20 • 59 min
John and Craig delve into the business of screenwriting from money to managers to medical plans.
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.