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A ton of useful information about screenwriting.



Last Build Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:40:41 +0000

 



I’m joining the WGA board

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:40:41 +0000

On Monday, I was elected to the board of directors for the Writers Guild of America, West. I’ll be serving a two-year term. Here are some of my plans.



Writing Other Things

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:03:08 +0000

John and Craig welcome back Aline Brosh McKenna to talk about writing projects outside the familiar constraints of screenwriting. We discuss the surprises and adjustments involved in the creative processes of different media: Aline’s graphic novel Jane, Craig’s HBO miniseries Chernobyl, and John’s original song, “Rise.” We also dig into why screenwriters sometimes need to […]


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Scriptnotes, Ep 317: First Day on the Job — Transcript

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:49:34 +0000

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hey, this is John. A small language warning. There are some big words, some bad words, in this episode. So this might be a good time to put in headphones if you’re in a place where it is not appropriate to hear the […]



First Day on the Job

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:03:14 +0000

Craig and John debut a new segment: This Kind of Scene, looking at how different movies handle similar situations. The Hudsucker Proxy, The Devil Wears Prada, Hidden Figures and Training Day all need to introduce their heroes to their new workplaces. We examine how those scenes work, both on the page and on screen. We […]


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Scriptnotes, Ep 316: Distracted Boyfriend Is All of Us — Transcript

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 22:42:16 +0000

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 316 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast, it’s another round of How […]



Scriptnotes, Ep 315: Big Screens, Big Money — Transcript

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 21:07:03 +0000

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…my name is…my name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 315 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the program, we’ll […]



Distracted Boyfriend Is All of Us

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 15:03:43 +0000

John and Craig dive into another round of How Would This Be a Movie, looking at stories (and memes!) from around the world to figure out which ones might lend themselves to big-screen treatment.


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Scriptnotes, Ep 314: Unforgiven — Transcript

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 21:21:29 +0000

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 314 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the show, we’ll be taking a deep […]



How Arlo Finch got his name

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:27:27 +0000

I have a very hard time writing a character if I don’t love the name. So I obsess over picking the right one. I’ll spend hours staring in the middle distance, trying out various combinations until something clicks.



Big Screens, Big Money

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 15:03:15 +0000

John and Craig offer a 101 on how movies make money at theaters, and why a 1948 Supreme Court case changed everything.


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Scriptnotes, Ep 313: Well, It Worked in the 80s — Transcript

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:03:13 +0000

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 313 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Craig, are you at all afraid of the number […]