I refer the Scriptnotes Podcast at least four times a week to friends and colleagues. That’s pretty interesting — I mean, we’re talking about a podcast here. I typically refrain from recommending things, and if I do, it’s usually a book or a place. Scriptnotes is, as an entertainment professional, the most helpful and educational podcast I have ever listened to, and perhaps even the most valuable resourceful I have ever stumbled upon. I’ve been listening to it since its first year and it has been so extremely valuable to me as a strategist, marketer, screenwriter and filmmaker. Since I recommend it so often, I decided to just create a post that I can share with those who are interested in learning more. Below you will find all your essential Scriptnotes, notes.
About the Scriptnotes Podcast
Each week, screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin discuss screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters — everything from the craft to the business to the best ways to actually get a writing project started (most often the hardest part). The two sometimes agree on the topics at hand, but it’s even better when they don’t. You’ll constantly be entertained no matter if you’re a working professional or just a person who loves podcasts. August and Mazin get extra points for their efforts to enlighten their audience on grammatical issues, which somehow flow seamlessly with the themes of the episodes.
About the Scriptnotes team:
John August – John August’s screenwriting credits include Go (1999), Big Fish (2003), Titan A.E. (2000), Charlie’s Angels (2000), and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003).
Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, John earned a degree in journalism from Drake University in Iowa and an MFA in film from the Peter Stark program at the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles. John has a weekly screenwriting column on Internet Movie Database, in the “Ask a Filmmaker” section of indie.imdb.com.
Craig Mazin – Craig Mazin was born on April 8, 1971 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Scary Movie 4 (2006), The Hangover Part II (2011) and Identity Thief (2013). Trivia: Appeared as a contestant on Win Ben Stein’s Money (1997). He didn’t win, being eliminated in the second round. I’d like to point out, that this is hard to believe. Craig is one of the smartest people I don’t know. He’s a wealth of knowledge, not just being a entertainment encyclopedia, he’s well versed in western civilization, science, sports and law. He must have just had a bad day.
*Stuart Friedel – I think it’s important to mention Stuart, John’s wonderful assistant and Scriptnotes producer. Stuart’s twitter bio reads: “Adapted from the Gospel of the Apostle Mark-Paul Gosselaar.” He’s a 2010 graduate of the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC, and spent the past year working at Disney Channel and Disney XD. He previously interned with Wes Anderson, Ad Hominem, Tim and Eric and “Smallville,” and made a documentary about the mailman on Mister Rogers.
Listen to the Scriptnotes Podcast now on iTunes: www.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/scriptnotes-podcast
The Scriptnotes Archives: www.scriptnotes.net
The Scriptnotes App for iOS: itunes.apple.com/scriptnotes
The Scriptnotes App for Android: www.play.google.com/scriptnotes
Scriptnotes RSS feed: www.scriptnotes.net/rss
Looking for old Scriptnotes episodes?
The most recent 20 episodes are available for free on www.johnaugust.com/scriptnotes and iTunes. The entire back catalog and occasional special bonus content is available to premium subscribers on the web and through the Scriptnotes App for iOS and Android. Sign up at scriptnotes.net.
$1.99/mo for access to the entire back catalog. Sign up here: www.scriptnotes.net/is_premium
You can read my interview with Scriptnotes co-host John August HERE.