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Scriptnotes, Ep 280: Black List Boys Don’t Cry — Transcript

11 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John August: Hey, this is John. So, today’s episode has some swearing in it, so if you’re in the car with your kids, maybe save it for later. Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 280 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting […]

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Black List Boys Don’t Cry

12 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig discuss post-scriptum depression, that low feeling you sometimes get when finishing a screenplay.

Scriptnotes, Ep 279: What Do They Want? — Transcript

12 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 279 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast, we will be looking at how characters tell us what they’re after, either with or […]

What Do They Want?

12 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig look at how heroes let us know what they're after, with or without a song.

Scriptnotes, Ep 278: Revenge of the Clams — Transcript

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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