Scriptnotes Podcast

Scriptnotes Podcast

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John August and Craig Mazin discussing things screenwriters talk about.


409 - I Know You Are, But What Am I?
Jul 16 • 76 min
John and Craig discuss whether and how heroes can understand themselves. Is self-awareness an intrinsic aspect of a character, or something they achieve over the course of the story?
408 - Rolling Dice
Jul 9 • 68 min
John and Craig tackle eight topics ranging from WGA negotiations to overlapping dialogue, to John’s new agency.
407 - Understanding Your Feature Contract
Jul 2 • 72 min
John and Craig are joined by attorney Ken Richman and Laurie Espinosa of the WGA West for a detailed discussion of screenwriting contracts.
406 - Better Sex with Rachel Bloom
Jun 25 • 55 min
John and Craig welcome back longtime friend of the podcast Rachel Bloom (co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) to discuss how sex and sexuality are portrayed on both the big and small screen.
405 - Live at the Ace Hotel
Jun 18 • 70 min
John and Craig host comedy titans Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy), Ben Falcone (The Boss, Tammy), Kourtney Kang (Fresh Off the Boat), Rob McElhenney (Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and Alec Berg (Barry, Silicon Valley) onstage to discuss wri
404 - The One with Charlie Brooker
Jun 11 • 82 min
John talks with Charlie Brooker (creator, writer and executive producer of Black Mirror) about his groundbreaking series and the opportunities and challenges of writing an anthology.
403 - How to Write a Movie
Jun 4 • 44 min
In a Scriptnotes first, Craig hosts a solo episode presenting his general theory on screenwriting.
402 - How Do You Like Your Stakes?
May 28 • 60 min
John and Craig discuss stakes, how to create them and what that means for your character.
401 - You Got Verve
May 21 • 68 min
John and Craig introduce a new segment: The Scriptnotes Pitch Session! They listen to five listeners’ 90-second pitches and share their feedback on substance and style.
400 - Movies They Don’t Make Anymore
May 14 • 74 min
John and Craig welcome back writer/director Chris McQuarrie (Valkyrie, Jack Reacher, the last two Mission: Impossibles) to celebrate the 400th episode with a new round of ‘This Kind of Movie.’
399 - Notes on Notes
May 7 • 61 min
John and Craig talk to an audience of development executives about the experience of getting notes as a writer.
398 - The Curated Craft Compendium
Apr 30 • 55 min
John and Craig present a special clip show with craft-focused segments hand-picked by Aline Brosh Mckenna.
397 - The Sound Episode
Apr 23 • 68 min
John and Craig welcome back Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center, Straight Outta Compton) to talk all things sound: how it works on the page, on the stage, and in the mixing room.
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.