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Scriptnotes, Ep 278: Revenge of the Clams — Transcript

4 hours agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 278 of Scriptnotes. It’s a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast, we are looking at phrases that have been banned from comedy writing rooms. Craig: […]

Revenge of the Clams

John and Craig look at phrases that have been banned from comedy writing rooms, and more generally why making a list of what you will never do can help you figure out what you should do.

Scriptnotes, Ep 277: Fantasy and Reality — Transcript

John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 277 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast, we are going to be looking at the ways that writers and screenwriters in particular […]

Fantasy and Reality

Craig and John look at how writers, and screenwriters in particular, impact the way people think about things in the real world. From crime scenes to courtrooms to CPR, we simplify things for storytelling and leave audiences with skewed expectations.

Mammoths of Mercy

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Writer-director Chris Sparling joins John and Craig to discuss his new film Mercy, and what it’s like to make a movie for Netflix. Then it’s another round of How Would This Be a Movie, with stories including ex-girlfriends, fake news, and permafrost ivory.

Twelve Days of Scriptnotes

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

In this very special episode from 2014, Craig and John welcome special guests Aline Brosh McKenna, Rachel Bloom, B.J. Novak, Jane Espenson and Derek Haas to talk about writing books, movies and especially television.

This Feeling Will End

4 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

In this Scriptnotes Extra, Craig and John discuss the melting dread they experienced this morning and hopefully offer some succor.

Extreme Present: A Conversation with CAConrad

This interview was conducted by our colleagues over at SFMOMA Interpretive Media and portions of it will appear in their new podcast, Raw Material, hosted by Ross Simonini. The full conversation was too good to leave on the cutting room floor; an edited version follows.     CAConrad reading “M.I.A. Escalator” and “I Hope I’m Loud When... More

English is not Latin

John and Craig look at how movies and TV shape the English language, and how writers should think about their role in all of this. We also examine the uncomfortable overlap between rom-com characters and stalkers.

Welcome to Gator Country

Craig and John listen to the winner of the Austin Film Festival’s pitch competition and discuss what makes it work so well -- and why you would never give this form of a pitch in an actual meeting.

Scriptnotes, Ep 273: What is a Career in Screenwriting Like? — Transcript

John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 273 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast we’ll be answering listener questions from our overflowing mailbag, tackling issues including comedy roundtables, getting […]

What is a Career in Screenwriting Like?

John and Craig answer listener questions from our overflowing mail bag on topics including comedy round tables, getting rewritten, coffee meetings, and what comes after moving to Los Angeles.

Scriptnotes, Ep 272: The Secret Live Show in Austin — Transcript

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John August: Hey, this is John. So this is Episode 272 of Scriptnotes. Now usually we go to the Austin Film Festival and we have a big live Scriptnotes show but this year was different because I wasn’t going to be there. So Craig was going to do some little interviews with some individual writers […]

The Secret Live Show in Austin

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Craig sits down for a late-night session with screenwriters Katie Dippold, Phil Hay, Tess Morris and Malcolm Spellman to finally answer the question, “How does anyone make it in Hollywood.” Plus questions from the packed audience at the Austin Film Festival.

Guess This Sound!

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

You guys have penchant for answering the riddles we pose on social media faster than greased lightning, so we thought we would crank up the difficulty level. And in honor of the month of Halloween, our challenges will all have … Continue reading ?

Scriptnotes, Ep 271: Buckling Down — Transcript

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 271 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast, we’ll be looking at ways to buckle down and actually finish writing something. We’ll also […]

How Long Is the Present: RIP, David Antin (1932–2016)

Harriet staff is reeling from news that David Antin has passed away. A poet, art writer, performance artist, beloved teacher, and critic known for his masterful “talk poems,” Antin was the author of—among other books—Talking (1972), Talking at the Boundaries (1976), Tuning (1984), What it Means to be Avant-Garde (1993), and a book of essays, […]

Buckling Down

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig discuss the psychological barriers facing writers tackling big projects, and offer practical guidance for getting stuff written.

Scriptnotes, Ep 270: John Lee Hancock — Transcript

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Craig Mazin: Hello, and welcome. My name is Craig Mazin, and this is Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. And yes, I am unfettered today. No fetters on me, whatever a fetter is, as John August continues his world travels somewhere in France. But as I am a creature […]

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