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Author: John August and Craig Mazin

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Screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin discuss screenwriting and related topics in the film and television industry, everything from getting stuff written to the vagaries of copyright and work-for-hire law.
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414 - Mushroom Powder

414 - Mushroom Powder

2019-08-2001:03:52

John and Craig host How Would This Be a Movie with four stories in the news covering ice-cream truck wars, female rangers, con-artists, and deadly in-laws, imagining how they could become feature films. We also answer listener questions about narrators, personal crises, and song titles. Links: The Shadows Casting Call John is looking for a 15 year old blind actress for the lead role — please help by sharing this link with anyone who might be a good fit! Bonus Episode, Chernobyl Podcast Scriptnotes Ep 50, How to Not Be Fat Decoder Ring: Ice-Cream Truck Wars by Willa Paskin Akashinga Women Rangers Fight Poaching in Zimbabwe Phundundu Wildlife Area by Lindsay M. Smith The Most Gullible Man in Cambridge by Kera Bolonik My In-Laws Are Careless About My Deadly Food Allergy by Heather Havrilesky Game to Grow, support on Kickstarter here! National Puzzler’s League John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Med Dyer (send us yours!) Email us at ask@johnaugust.com You can download the episode here
413 - Ready to Write

413 - Ready to Write

2019-08-1300:56:153

John and Craig tackle the question, “How do you know when you’re ready to write a given script?” They propose a list of details a writer should know before diving in, and look at why starting too soon can be a recipe for failure. (So can waiting too long.) We also discuss the WGA’s “refusal to negotiate” myth and answer questions about rewrites vs polishes, and whether writing a bad script could put you on a Do Not Hire list. Links: Myth of No Negotiation Deadline’s “Exclusive” on John’s Blogpost John Milton, Paradise Lost Monsters Creatures: A Young Adventurer’s Guide by Jim Zub Oreo Thins John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Michael Karman (send us yours!) Email us at ask@johnaugust.com You can download the episode here
John moderates Breaking the Stigma, a panel on addiction and mental health with guests Gemma Baker (creator of CBS’s Mom), Dr. Corey Waller (specialist in pain, addiction and emergency medicine), Dr. Holly Daniels (specialist in eating disorders and mental health issues), and journalist Zachary Siegel. We discuss how addiction and mental health issues are portrayed in film and TV, more authentic ways of telling these stories, and how writers and creators can take care of their own mental health. Special thanks to our incredible panelists, plus Kate Folb, Marty Kaplan, and the entire team at Hollywood Health and Society! Links: Hollywood Health and Society 6 Balloons with Dave Franco Motivational Interviewing Narcan Follow Corey Waller on Twitter here. Follow Holly Daniels on Twitter here. Follow Zachary Siegel on Twitter here. Follow his project Changing the Narrative on Twitter here or using #ChangingtheNarrative. John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Matthew Chilelli (send us yours!) Email us at ask@johnaugust.com You can download the episode here
John and Craig welcome screenwriter Katie Silberman (Set It Up, Isn’t It Romantic and Booksmart) to discuss writing a two-hander, practicing dialogue, and how she got her start in Hollywood. We also follow up on ‘liked, not love’ and answer listener questions on character development. Links: We’re hosting a panel on Addiction & Mental Health organized by Hollywood, Health & Society Wed, July 31, 2019, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM PDT. Watch the Facebook livestream starting at 7:15pm PDT. WGA West Unveils Officer Board Candidates Wednesday, Aug. 28 Candidates Night at the Writers Guild Theater Member meetings August 7th, 8th and 10th Booksmart Reunion Olivia Wilde Katie Silberman New Project Universal Pictures The Alamo Drafthouse Downtown LA Lupetti Pizzeria and In Sheep’s Clothing Hi-Fi Record Bar and Cafew Katie Silberman on Twitter John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Mackey Landy (send us yours!) Email us at ask@johnaugust.com You can download the episode here.
Wikipedia Movies

Wikipedia Movies

2019-07-2300:59:103

ohn and Craig host a new round of How Would This Be a Movie. Instead of three stories in the news, this time they tackle three articles from Wikipedia to look at what you get using just those facts versus using a more detailed article. We also answer listener questions about real-life subjects, showing your work and applying the Mazin method to television. Links: Addiction & Mental Health Panel organized by Hollywood, Health & Society Wed, July 31, 2019. Follow along with the live-stream here at 7:15pm PDT. Pinboard for bookmarks Wikipedia 8chan Destroyer of Worlds by Nicky Woolf Multiverse, Mirror Universe on Wikipedia Scientists are searching for a mirror universe. It could be sitting right in front of you. by Corey S. Powell Lisa Ben on Wikipedia The First Lesbian Magazine by Erica Davies Breezelblockhead on Instagram by Sam Marshall Eric Berlin’s Puzzle Snacks John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Alex Winder (send us yours!) Email us at ask@johnaugust.com You can download the episode here.
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? Both heroes and villains are often wrestling with their identity. We look at why it’s more difficult (and sometimes more rewarding) to explore these issues in screenwriting than prose fiction. Then it’s time for another round of the Three Page Challenge, followed by listener questions about meddling actors and producers. Thanks to everyone who submitted to the Three Page Challenge, especially our participants: Edith Rodriguez, Carolyn Getches, Hilary C. Gish, and Christine Hoang! Links: John and Craig’s panel on Addiction & Mental Health organized by Hollywood, Health & Society Wed, July 31, 2019, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM PDT at SAG. Limited tickets, email: hhs@usc.edu Research Methods for Writers with Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin Wednesday, July 17, 2019 @ 7:00 PM Trumpcast Is Trump a Disease? A Medical Perspective Edith Rodriguez, The Days Ahead Carolyn Getches & Hilary C. Gish Formerly Fat Housewife Christine Hoang Fly Girl Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade Script ‘Versing’ Verse as a Verb Screen Cleaner John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Mackey Landy (send us yours!) Email us at ask@johnaugust.com You can download the episode here.
408 - Rolling Dice

408 - Rolling Dice

2019-07-0901:08:264

John and Craig tackle eight topics ranging from WGA negotiations to overlapping dialogue, to John’s new agency. We also follow up on Better Sex, Chernobyl, and Craig’s solo episode. Scriptnotes Episode 406, Better Sex with Rachel Bloom Verve Talent and Literary Agency and John’s Tweets. Find Chernobyl scripts here! Watch Chernobyl, listen to the podcast here. WGA Financials Dots, Dashes, and Parentheticals Scriptnotes Episode 403, How to Write a Movie Aladdin Rodecaster Pro Sound Board Russian Doll John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by the Arbitrary Jukebox Experiment (send us yours!) Email us at ask@johnaugust.com You can download the episode here.
John and Craig are joined by attorney Ken Richman and Laurie Espinosa of the WGA West for a detailed discussion of screenwriting contracts. They look at what to expect, where you can negotiate, and what to watch out for. Follow along with the example contract on the episode page or here. Links: Example Contract Try the newest release of Highland 2.5. Order your Scriptnotes 400 shirts, sweatshirts, and tanks (Light) and (Dark)! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Alex Winder (send us yours!) Email us at ask@johnaugust.com You can download the episode here.  
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. They cover ways to approach sensitive topics in a writers room and the moments we still haven’t seen on screen. Links: Rachel Bloom’s Realistic Sex Interview Sex Education TV Series Moan: Anonymous Essays on Female Orgasm with foreword by Rachel Bloom How to Draw a Horse Dig it! on the App Store Hello from the Magic Tavern A Very Fatal Murder Rachel on Tour John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter Rachel Bloom on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Jim Bond and James Llonch (Send us yours!) Email us at ask@johnaugust.com You can download the episode here.
405 - Live at the Ace Hotel

405 - Live at the Ace Hotel

2019-06-1801:11:17

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 writing jokes, what they look for in a writing partner, and the heartbreak of movie endings. We also record our first ever Scriptnotes commercial and introduce a new game called ‘Bot or Not.’ Recorded live from the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Thanks to Hollywood Heart for organizing this event and to a great audience! Links: Thanks for joining us Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, Kourtney Kang, Rob McElhenney, and Alec Berg! Learn more about Hollywood Heart. Donate here! Buy special edition ‘Camp Scriptnotes’ T-shirts to benefit Hollywood Heart here! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter Melissa McCarthy on Twitter Ben Falcone on Twitter Kourtney Kang on Twitter Rob McElhenney on Twitter Alec Berg on Twitter John on Instagram Outro by Rajesh Naroth (answer to the trivia question: who holds the record for most listener outros) (send us yours!) Email us at ask@johnaugust.com You can download the episode here.
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Comments (7)

Nathan Densley

just found the channel. starting at the beginning on Castbox and see what I can learn

Jul 24th
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Ignacio Torres

It's funny that they talk about "voice twins" and how they could give scripts to fakes because this doesn't sound like Charlie Brooker to me.

Jun 25th
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apricotic

none of your podcasts are loading for me on castbox :( even when downloaded...

May 29th
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Lora Perkins Nall

apricotic I can’t get them to play either. Were you ever able to get them to work?

Jul 17th
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Secret lover

When i encourtered this woman I was fascinated by her voice and personality traits: laughter caught my attention-- her being alive and intelligence. We talked here and there but never met in person perhaps just a glance. I just feel bad and sorry because I tried to hide how I feel about her and don't intend to develop more feelings. I get intimidated by her approach sometimes and often make excuses to throw her off. I mean, there is no excuses for a bad behavior so I do apologise for making you feel that way. I am nothing compared to you and im unaware of things in my surroundings so in case you have not notice. There has been a lack of communication and therefore being judged too soon is difficult. I know you would forgive me if I say I deeply care.

Oct 7th
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D.j. Zelczak

Writing excuses

Aug 22nd
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The Craigpocalypse

gd

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