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Scriptnotes, Ep 261: Don’t Think Twice — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. Craig Mazin: Hello and welcome. My name is Craig Mazin. Mike Birbiglia: And my name is Mike Birbiglia. Craig: And this is Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Mike: To screenwriters. Craig: [laughs] Today on the podcast, John has […]

Don’t Think Twice

In the season finale of Scriptnotes, John and Craig reveal big changes to the podcast.

an interview with curtis roads

immigration is an ever-evolving study of the physics of an interior schism. few things can be used to create an illusion of inclusiveness counter to the outsider feelings it manifests for the people that go through it. money certainly can create the illusion. youth, more specifically childhood, can too. the younger an individual is when the immigration occurs the less... More

Scriptnotes, Ep 259: The Exit Interview — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. Previously on Scriptnotes. John August: Subject: Podcasts. Wondering if you’d have any interest in doing a joint podcast on screenwriting? Craig Mazin: A podcast would solve my “I want to talk about screenwriting, but I’m tired of writing about screenwriting” problem. So, yes, count me […]

Duly Noted: Let’s Talk about Episode 259

Matt Selman (EP of The Simpsons) sits down with Scriptnotes favorites Aline Brosh McKenna and Rawson Marshall Thurber to discuss what went down in the season finale.

Generic Trigger Warning

John and Craig take a look at three new entries in the Three Page Challenge, with scripts tackling kidnapping, dystopia and parkour hackers. We look at both how the writing works on the page, and what the writers seem to be trying to say.

Flaws are features

Craig and John look at unforgettable villains, screenwriter billions, and a parallel world with two Nathan Fillions. (The last part is not true.)

Aaron Sorkin vs. Aristotle

John and Craig consider a new master class in screenwriting taught by Aaron Sorkin, and a very old Greek word (anagnorisis) championed by Aristotle. Both are useful!

New and Old Hollywood

With credits ranging from Captain Phillips to The Hunger Games, plus several stints in WGA contract negotiations, Billy Ray knows as much as any screenwriter about the realities of working writers and the turmoil in the industry. He joins us to talk about his new Amazon pilot, The Last Tycoon, which charts the behind-the-scenes drama at a 1930s Hollywood studio.

The One with the Kates

John and Craig welcome Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney, the Australian creator/stars of The Katering Show (a previous One Cool Thing).

Television Economics for Dummies

Jonathan Groff -- the Black-ish writer/producer, not the actor -- joins John and Craig to explain the new vocabulary of television and why companies are all about ownership.

Leigh’s late flowering

Mike Leigh is in a cheerfully bullish mood when I meet him at the Soho Hotel. ‘Have you read today’s… The post Leigh’s late flowering appeared first on The Spectator.

An Alliance with House Mazin

It’s a craft episode, with Craig and John discussing allies and allegiances in film and television. Enemies are easy; friends are difficult. We talk through the types relationships characters find themselves in, and strategies for making the most of them.

They Won’t Even Read You

John and Craig look at how the push to increase diversity in TV writing rooms impacts writers looking to staff for the first time.

The One with the Austin Winner

2 years agoArts / Writing :

Remember the live show in Austin, when we promised we’d read one lucky listener’s script and talk about it on the air? This is that episode.

How to Introduce Characters

2 years agoArts / Writing :

John talks with Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna, co-creators of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, about how they pitched and wrote their critically-acclaimed show.

Pitching an Open Writing Assignment

2 years agoArts / Writing :

John and Craig discuss open writing assignments, and how to best pitch to producers and studios looking to hire a writer for a specific property. Most of the work happens before you set foot in the room, so proper planning is essent...

The One with Lawrence Kasdan

2 years agoArts / Writing :

John and Craig sit down with screenwriting legend Lawrence Kasdan to discuss Star Wars, Raiders, The Bodyguard and how he’s shaped some of the most iconic big-screen stories and characters of our lifetime.

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