I listen to them alllll the time while driving, and not only do they provide great insight into the life of a screenwriter, theyâre genuinely fun to listen to. Also Craig loves ventriloquism.
Craig and John are really great and awesome!! I got a chance to see them live and they did not disappoint, if you are a screenwriter or really just like movies, you should absolutely listen. Would recommend this podcast to everyone
A great podcast for writers and fans of movies and TV.
The hosts are both intelligent and thoughtful, and give you an honest and grounded look at what life as a screenwriter is like.I especially love the insight into the mechanics of using details to craft engaging stories.
I love the podcast but just donât think the main characters weâre believable. Is it too late to recast and reshoot everything!
John and Craig are two working writers who reveal very helpful, relevant, and timely information about screenwriting. The podcast is also very fun -- John is a perfect gentleman and Craig ain't afraid to tell it like it is. These guys are great. Their special guests are great. Their live events are great. Great great great.
This podcast is a weekly education in screenwriting, and sometimes in just being a decent human being in any business. Iâve gotten so much from John and Craigâs insight not to mention the guests they interview. Kind of the first place to start if you want to be informed about the ins and outs of the screenwriting business.
Perfect podcast in terms of length, content, and sound quality. Iâm not Hollywood but feel like I am when I listen. Great insight and great motivation for writers who are not in the business.
No matter how busy my week is, I always devour the new episode of Scriptnotes every Tuesday. John and Craig (and all their awesome guests) have taught me so much âabout screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters.â And I especially love attending their live events! Thanks, guys!
Archived episodes are full of great pro tips and lessons learned. Highly recommend!
Lots of umbrage. Lots of delightful things. Every once in a while some creeper named "Sexy Craig" shows up and if you are jogging at night, you start looking behind you. Questions and answers and one or two cool things and three page challengers lining up for the firing squad with their scripts held to their chests. It's scriptnotes.
Invaluable for a writer. This podcast is like a free film school. Thank you!
Now Iâm NOT one of those people actively trying to become a screenwriter. I trained to be an actor and am not even pursuing that anymore. Iâve dabbled in writing some things for my own pleasure but Iâm not kidding myself about my life or situation. Just call me fascinated with story telling and film making. Most people have a very particular sense of how hollywood works, and how films are made, probably coloured by how we consume our celebrity news and gossip. This podcast cuts straight to the bone, exposing the reality and true skill needed to succeed in this business. If you actually want to do this, you need this podcast. Itâs FREE for f*cks sake! STOP applying to screenwriting competitions! STOP telling people they canât use âWe seeâ in their scene descriptions. START treating every creative person with respect and courtesy. Craig and John are saints for this work. Umbrage and Reason for life.
Great podcast for any writer or director.
I discovered this podcast after listening to John Augusts interview on the Nerdist podcast. Itâs full of essential information for next aspiring screenwriters. Highly recommended!
These guys know what theyâre talking about. 90% of my car rides are spent listening to this helpful, creative, insightful podcast.
When the week hits Tuesday and I get in the car on my way to work, my first thought is, I get to listen to a new Scriptnotes today! Craig Mazin and John August have a great repartee and just-different-enough perspectives on things about writing (and world at-large). They keep me engaged and open my thinking about my own writing. I consider the story I'm currently mulling over and how I can apply the techniques or approaches they discuss. They're funny, opinionated and they know thier fonts! This is the first podcast I've listened to on a regular basis, and I feel like I lucked out, struck gold and won the lottery all at once. (Shoot! All cliches!) However, all true. Whether about writing a script, maneuvering Hollywood, or detecting whether John is really a robot, their conversations are not to be missed. Thanks guys!
I'm not a screenwriter, and although I do get paid for my writing, it's not what I do to earn my daily bread. That said, having downloaded a few episodes on a whim, I am now totally addicted. I listen when I drive, and have found these conversations so funny, insightful, enlightening and intelligent, I sometimes remaining sit in the car, long after I've pulled into the driveway, unwilling to end the discussion. I felt compelled to write a review so other, nonscreenplay, writers could have a sense of how John and Craig are both educated and engaging. Their words have helped my writing, and my thoughts, and have even made me consider writing a screenplay â just so I could try to get them do a three page critique. Seriously, I've super impressed with both the quality and the caliber of these discussions, and would definitely advise anyone, who has anything to do with words, to take a gander. I wish I was a screenwriter only because I think listening to these two would get me exactly where I wanted to go.Thank you John and thank you Craig, I'm really enjoying our time together in the car.
It's not often that I have the urge to hook up my shower-safe bluetooth speaker, but this show has me diving through over 300 episodes throughout the day. Normally, I like to digest as much of the show as I can in the a.m. or in the car, but I will take it on-the-go whenever I can. John and Craig are really helpful with their insights, which matches the real life personas that they carry across to social media, where they happen to be attentive and, above all else, clever. Love the show, can't recommend it enough.
Best podcast for screenwriters out there. Real world stories and interviews with other big name experts.
Great and thoughtful content but the audio quality can use a lot of improvement.
As an actor, I have learned so much from this podcast, not only about the business in general but about the creative side from the writers perspective. I have taken lessons learned and applied them to my part of the creation process, bringing a writerâs words to life. This is a very information dense podcast with just the right amount of silliness thrown in. Thank you Gentlemen for your service to those coming behind you.
The best thing they do is take the mystery out of the profession and make the writing process accessible. Thank you.
Love these guys! I was originally directed to their pod by FilmRiot on a list of most affordable resources for learning film craft. I ended up paying the two bucks a month for the back episodes and it was totally worth it.While I havenât ventured into writing a screenplay, they helped me so much in my creative writing class by constantly reminding me of the elements that make a great story. It made my short stories pack so much more of a punch. I came for writing tips but I have grown to love listening to these two people and their personalities. They have also made my critical evaluation skills much better and made me slower to trash a movie or story and have made me overall a more optimistic person.Even the stuff that has nothing to do with writing is so entertaining. I recommend the episode on homeopathic medicine. Just fantastic.
If you want to be a screenwriter and youâre thinking about going to film school, listen to this podcast first. If youâre in film school, listen to this podcast. I attended film school and the deadlines and the peer groups and some of the instruction was helpful, but I have learned far more about the craft of screenwriting and how Hollywood actually works from John and Craig. If youâre serious about pursuing screenwriting this podcast is a MUST. I promise you will feel so much more informed and prepared for the struggles ahead if youâre guided by these two working professionals who are basically donating their time to help you.
Not sure how I found this podcastâ¦ I think it was via searching for info about the Fountain.io markup stuff. Anyway, I'm hooked and have added this podcast to my regular playlist. I have not interfaced with Craig Mazin, but John August has been very generous and helpful with his time. Thanks for putting this podcast out, have found most of it very helpful. :)
Simply put: this is the best podcast in the genre. You get wonderful insight from actual screenwriters, yes real working professional screenwriters.Typically you can only find advice about writing from "gurus" with IMDb credits as long as a film student, top 10 lists churned out by rejected screenwriters turned screenplay competition blogger or aspiring screenwriter/filmmakers who are in the same boat as you are. Forget all that garbage and just listen to this. Good day!
Am I the only one who deleted this podcast after 3 episodes because, while the information was useful, I just couldn't get past John August's manner of speaking like he just swallowed a box of Bisquik. Sometimes he is barely intelligible! Good thing he's a writer. A shame, I would have liked to be a follower.
During a meeting with one of Johnâs former assistants - a now highly successful writer/director, I asked what their best piece of advice is for someone new to the entertainment business. They started to tell me a few philosophies they live their life by â negotiate from strength, donât be a jerk and donât be a robotâ but then stopped abruptly, and said âyou know, you should just listen to the Scriptnotes podcast by John August. John wrote Big Fish. Thatâll teach you way more than anything I could tell you right now.â 2 years later, Iâve learned more about writing and show business listening to Scriptnotes than I couldâve in 4 years of film school and Iâm so grateful for that.
John and Craig are highly specific examples of successful Hollywood screenwriters, but they nonetheless excel at generalizing on the craft from a place of deep experience and wisdom.
Great episode. Interesting points made. I love the idea that being a professional writer comes from writing and not the other way around. I'm a writer, even if I never get paid and never write anything great. It helps me order my thoughts and experiences.
I recommend this to every writer I know. The advice deals with writing on a fundamental level which makes it useful to any kind of writer. The inside knowledge of movie writing is spectacular for any screenwriter.
If you're serious about screenwriting or writing in general, these two guys are going to be your best mentors. By the way, if you're planning going to film school, you should listen to a bunch of these episodes. If you're still interested, then go ahead, but I've learnt way more with John and Craig in this podcast than in school. Keep bringing Tuesdays happiness guys.
INT. REMAINS OF A PODCAST STUDIO - DAYBroken furniture lies scattered across the destroyed room. The lights flicker and a bulb explodes, sending sparks cascading down -- causing two crumpled bodies on the floor to stir. Blodied and bruised, JOHN and CRAIG clamber to their feet. They plomp into their chairs, which may or may not have been on fire recently. A long beat. John taps the microphone on the table. It still works.JOHN... That's our show for this week. Our show is produced by Godwin Jabangwe --CRAIG(weakly)Wo-hoo.JOHN-- and edited by Matthew Chilelli.CRAIGYea-heah.He picks out and discards a broken tooth. John has passed out in his chair. Craig slides back to the floor overcome by a coughing fit.FADE TO:INT. PODCAST STUDIOThe same room, but everything pristinely clean, all mid-century clean lines. In their chairs, John and Craig are handsome as f**k (but don't know it).SUPERIMPOSED: One Hour EarlierJOHNHello and welcome. My name is John August.CRAIG(unhinged scream)My name is Craig Mazin!JOHNAnd this is Episode 666 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters.
Best podcast I listen to, been listening for years. John and Craig never fail to teach me something new while providing interesting, thoughtful perspectives with entertaining banter. A must listen for anyone ranging from aspiring writer to casual film fan.
I'm very remiss because I've been listening for about four years and I've never written a review. This was the first podcast I ever heard. I stumbled on it via John's blog and loved it so much I listened to the same episode twice (and then I figured out how podcasts work). My first impression was that this one guy (John) is really nice but this other guy (Craig) is a dream killer. It's funny to think of it now because I don't feel that way at all anymore. Craig is a realist but very principled and doesn't want aspiring writers to get taken advantage of. Now, together, they are my cheerleaders and my (necessary) dream killers at the same time. In the last four years, I've (mostly) come to terms with the fact that I'm not going to be a working screenwriter and that's ok. But I won't stop listening to my favorite podcast. In fact, I was really depressed after the presidential election and for some reason, I really wanted to hear John and Craig's reassuring thoughts. They did not disappoint. This has gotten rambling but I will conclude by saying it's nice to have two voices of sanity and reason in this crazy world. Would recommend for aspiring screenwriters and others.
I know Craig only does this podcast for the massive amount of money he makes on it, but I still appreciate the effort.
If there is a better thing, I want that thing, too. But I donât think thereâs a better thing.
As someone who aspires to become a better writer and devote more time to learning the craft than my current schedule allows (the time my family is asleep), I've found Scriptnotes to be a worthwhile guide to the ins and outs of storytelling both on the screen and beyond. I'd also argue that despite the recent release of the Listeners' Guide (I was sold on Scriptdex too, Craig), episodes 307-309 are a miniseries on excellent storytelling worthy of an appendix to the Listeners' Guide. I've listened to each episode multiple times and keep rolling over the ideas in my head. If you have ever wanted to become a better writer and/or to make as much money as Craig does for his contributions to the team while being thoroughly entertained, this podcast can be your guide.
Really a great show with a lot of insight into the process and business of screenwriting. Have to admit, I wouldn't mind a little more umbrage, as long as it doesn't raise Craig's blood pressure too much.
Great hosts great content
Really enjoy listening to John and Craig and their guests as they give tips and talk inside baseball about screenwriting.
This is an awesome and inspiring podcast. I've learned so much about the business and storytelling.
One of the things I like about listening to this podcast is the detail oriented nature of both of the hosts thought process. I love that there are discussions about double dashes versus ellipses, or whether to use "(continued)," and, of course, the Oxford comma. Both these men obviously love words and expressing themselves with words. AND they both know a great deal about being a screenwriter.Thank you.
The gold standard of screenwriting podcasts. Practically essential listening.
all screenwriters, professional or amateur, should be listening to john and craig weekly. insightful, brutally honest, and hilarious, every week offers something new that you can immediately apply to any project you're currently working on. i cannot thank them enough.
Shortly after discovering Scriptnotes, I purchased the 250 episode USB drive and have now spent the last year or so catching up from episode 1. I listen every day in my car and I'm just about to episode 200. The podcast is the only thing I enjoy about driving. The only bad thing is, I've missed so many opportunities over the years of live listening. Like submitting scripts for charitable donations. I would have jumped at those opportunities. I've started listening to the newly released episodes as well, so I don't miss out on such things in the future. And Iâm determined to make it to one of the live shows. Not easy since I'm in Utah. Keep up the informative information and ubiquitous umbrage. Thanks for everythingSpanky Ward
This highly entertaining and incredibly informative podcast is a delightful exception to the rule that "free advice is usually worth exactly what you paid for it." Of course you can buy a subscription on their app ($1.99/month) to get access to all of the nearly 300 episode library and you'd be crazy not to. I'm still working my way backward in between the new shows and I have yet to be let down. If you're like me and still learning about the process, craft, art and business of screenwriting then I STRONGLY RECOMMEND listening to Scriptnotes. Come for the knowledge; stay for Segueman and Sexy Craig! You'll laugh a lot, you might cry (or even experience umbrage), but no matter what: you'll always learn about way more than just "one cool thing."
This is a most intriguing cast. I was fortunate enough to have be chosen for the 3-Page Challenge many moons prior (ep. 169). It was an enlightening and terrifying experience, not only for the advice concerning my parchment scribblings, but because of the dark truths revealed to me upon my acceptance. When I received the news, Johnâs former script mage, Stuart Friedel, showed me a book containing the âSecrets of Scriptnotes,â The SCRIPTONOMICON. It was a tome bound in human flesh and twice-damned screenplay pages written in Final Draft. Below are just a few of its frightening revelations... Secret 1: The Great John August Difference Engine Craig often jokes that John is a robot, a point I took as pure jestâ¦ until I saw the Scriptonomicon. When you Google image search John August, photos of a man will appear on your browser. Iâm here to tell you those images are a lie! The real âJohn Augustâ is a monstrous machine composed of dark steel and gleaming wires, capable of writing screenplays, crafting novels, producing apps and making espresso SIMULTANEOUSLY. To look upon the true August is to know unfathomably inner-resting terror and productivity. Secret 2: The Many-Splintered Mind of Craig MazinAnother running gag in the series is Craigâs ever changing introduction at the showâs outset. But according the Scriptonomicon, Craig is in fact an escaped mental patient, driven mad by an army of Scriptshadow-ites from the Guru Netherworld. He experienced such an intense wave of umbrage that it splintered his mind and he now suffers under a multitude of personalities ranging from the seemingly benign to the disgustingly sexy to the outright cannibalistic. Secret 3: The One Dark Thing to Rule Them AllEach episode ends with the hosts announcing one cool thing to the masses. We are led to believe these recommendations are mere idle chatterings, but alas, tis not so. Each âOne Cool Thingâ is in fact a prophecy taken from the final chapter of the Scriptonomicon, the Slug Line of Revelations. Iâve spent years writing down each âone cool thing,â translating it into Greek then Japanese then into a series of numbers that I added together and divided by 42 and the message I received wasâ¦Too horrific to reveal here. But needless to say, itâs a great podcast and you should definitely check it out.