Video: John August Talks About Breaking Convention

I’ve become a fan of John August’s SCRIPT NOTES. Admittedly, it’s very much a chat among men-who’ve-made-it but August, like no other pro, is enormously generous with his knowledge about the craft and the industry.
Here he talks solo on camera.

As the screenwriter of some Tim Burton movies, including Big Fish, Alice In Wonderland and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, I’m not particularly a fan of his writing as I find it somewhat too cold and quirky.

The advice he gives here applies to the type of quirkiness that results from breaking convention in essential areas of screenwriting. John can get away with it because he has forty scripts under his belt.
And because he writes for Burton.


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Karel FG Segers

Karel Segers wrote his first produced screenplayat age 17. Today he is a story analyst with experience in international acquisition, development and production. He co-wrote Danger Close, the biggest budget Australian film of the decade, and has trained and consulted all over the world, including award-winners and Academy Award nominees. Karel ranks among the most influential people for screenwriting on social media, and speaks a handful of European languages, which he is still trying to find a use for in his present hometown of Sydney, Australia

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  1. Thanks for this.
    I love him talking about the responsibility he holds for the worlds he created.
    The podcast looks like a wonderful resource too.

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