These guys are working pros and they have great guests on who are talented professionals. I like the way they summarize what they've learned \/covered in the podcast to cement our memory of the salient points. The only criticism I have is that one of them talks so fast he sometimes garbles his words. E-nun-ci-ate. Just becuase you're not an actor doesn't mean you get to swallow your syllables.
If youâre an active screenwriter, an aspiring screenwriter, a storyteller, a director, an editor, a copywriter, a freelance anything, and/or just a fan of movies/filmmaking/story, stop reading this and start listening to Scriptnotes.Oh. Youâre still here. Why are you still reading this? Are you digging for a little more info before you commit to listening to an ad-free podcast? OK. Hereâs the deal.When I look back on my life at this point, I see squandered opportunity after squandered opportunity with regards to screenwriting. I had people going out of their way to help me, nurture me, guide meâ¦ and I blew it. And along the way, I blew through tons of money and, most importantly, TIME. I can only wonder what it would be like if everything Iâve learned from John & Craig over the past five years of listening I knew about 10-12 years ago. If so, I wouldnât have made every single awful decision I made at that time. And the mistakes you make earlyâ¦ they can cripple and derail you for life. So, if you really want to give your dreams their best chance of success (or just be a smarter about film, story, and life), donât repeat my mistakes. And if you really listen and pay attention to John & Craig (and their guests), you wonât.So, again, please, stop readingâ¦ and start listening to Scriptnotes.
Iâm a long time Scriptnotes listener who recently branched out to other screenwriting podcasts. John and Craig are easily lapping every single screenwriting podcast out there, except for one.In a world filled with podcasts hosts of questionable creative authority and intentions, Scriptnotes is as authentic and as valuable as it gets.
I've been listening to this poscast for years. It's probably the best podcast about working in the film business out there. I recommend it to everyone I know who wants to pursue working in entertainment.
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!
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.