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Oct 26, 2015

How Hollywood Screenwriter and Director John August Writes: Part One

Critically acclaimed screenwriter and director John August stopped by the show to chat with me about his writing process, the film business, and his hit podcast Scriptnotes.

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Since his breakthrough film debut Go (1999), John has penned an impressive list of big budget Hollywood films from Charlie’s Angels (2000), to a handful of Tim Burton films including Big Fish (2003), and Frankenweenie (2013).

The prolific author has also worked in TV, on Broadway, creates his own writing apps, and is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

He currently produces the invaluable Scriptnotes podcast with co-host Craig Mazin where they discuss the ins-and-outs of the screenwriting business.

Join us for this two-part interview.

In Part One of the file John August and I discuss:

  • How a Journalism Major Became a Hollywood Director
  • Why Screenwriting Is Truly a Team Sport
  • What It’s Like to Rewrite a Film Like ‘Iron Man’
  • How Hand Writing First Drafts Helps Your Process
  • Why Public Writing Sprints Can Boost Your Output

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