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Scriptnotes, Ep 331: We Had the Same Idea — Transcript

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: Ho-ho-ho, my name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 331 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the final episode of 2017 we […]

Wait for It

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

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. We also answer listeners questions about registering scripts with the WGA, how to overcome creative paralysis and unconventional sluglines. Links: The WGA’s page […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 330: A Cop’s Cop Show — Transcript

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 330 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast, it’s a special episode. This […]

We Had the Same Idea

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

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. We also answer listener questions about taxes on agent commission, being a conservative voice in a writers’ room, and using […]

A Cop’s Cop Show

4 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

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 assigned to be each other’s partner. In talking through The Harrows, we discuss the […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 329: Five-Star Podnerships — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hey, this is John. So today’s episode contains some explicit language. You might want to listen on headphones. Thanks. Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: Craig, you have reindeer ears. This is our […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 328: Pitching Television, or Being a Passionate Widget — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 328 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the program we’ll be looking at how […]

Five-Star Podnerships

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, Counterpart). In light of the big Fox/Disney merger, we contemplate which other podcasts we should consider teaming with to […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 327: Mergers and Break Ups — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 327 of Scriptnotes, of podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast we’ll be discussing mergers, such […]

Pitching Television, or Being a Passionate Widget

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.) We also follow-up on the conversation about sexual harassment, with a focus on how […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 326: Austin 2017 Three Page Challenge — Transcript

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hey, this is John. Craig Mazin: And this is Craig. John: So we are both traveling this week, but today’s episode is one we recorded at the Austin Film Festival. It is a Three Page Challenge live with the people who actually wrote […]

Mergers and Breakups

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

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? Then, it’s another installment of “This Kind of Scene,” in which we dissect the mechanics of an […]

Austin 2017 Three Page Challenge

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

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. It’s not just craft, though. Our special guests give us a behind-the-scenes look at the realities of representation. […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 325: (Adjective) Soldier — Transcript

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: Mazin is name Craig mine. John: This is Episode 325 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the program we’ll be answering a bunch of […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 324: All of It Needs to Stop — Transcript

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 324 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today, it’s another round of How Would This Be […]

(Adjective) Soldier

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

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.) We also finally address a major controversy: Craig’s missing cover of “Killing the Blues” from Episode 109. It exists, and you […]

Is There Space for Disabled Artists at Art Fairs?

2 months agoArts : Hyperallergic

When an attendee in a wheelchair was unable to enter a Paris fair, it raised questions about the inclusion of and sensitivity to the artists, patrons, and attendees making and engaging with Outsider Art. The post Is There Space for Disabled Artists at Art Fairs? appeared first on Hyperallergic.

All of It Needs to Stop

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

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. Then it’s another round of How Would This Be a Movie, looking at stories in […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 323: Austin Live Show 2017 (AKA Too Many Scotts) — Transcript

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is the live show of Scriptnotes at Austin, 2017. Craig: 2017. And I don’t know if any of you were at the show last year. […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 322: The Post-Weinstein Era — Transcript

3 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hey, this is John. So, today’s episode has some strong language. Standard warning. You know what, headphones might be appropriate. Also, on today’s episode we talk about some serious things including sexual assault. If you have been a victim of sexual assault, please […]

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