20 Burst results for "John August"

"john august" Discussed on Mac Power Users

Mac Power Users

09:20 min | 1 year ago

"john august" Discussed on Mac Power Users

"Adam, you're doing more than just the sandwich videos though. You've got a couple of creative projects you're working on right now. I certainly do. Like at the end of last year, I got a client project for sandwich that was the most movie like sort of cinematic story that I'd been able to tell. I think to date. And I had such a good experience with it that I started to get that feeling that, you know, maybe I should. Maybe I could sort of venture into that space of narrative storytelling. Over the years, people have asked, you know, you own a creative studio, you make videos professionally. You seem to be good at it. It's natural that people ask, okay, when are you going to make a movie because that seems to be the Pinnacle of what of what this, you know, what you can do with this craft. And so my response to that was always that I was very intimidated by it. And that rather than trying to stay, you know, veer out of my lane and potentially, you know, do something that I'm not great at. I actually enjoy what I am good at, so I'm just gonna keep doing that and let other people do the movie making. It's kind of like you're good at exactly. And you know why stay. It's very comfortable and it's working out well. Why not why leave that? It's working out well for me. So what changed? Yeah, is this project that I did for a big tech platform, a big software development collaborative API platform called postman, and they encouraged us to tell really movie like stories and I directed those and it was so joyful and fun for me that I was like, I could get into this. I could do more of this. So yeah, I and a friend who's one of our directors are outside directors that make spots with us at sandwich. She and I started writing a movie together. And it's been incredibly fun. And so what part of this is that at sandwich we use a screenwriting app called highland, which is John August, the famous screenwriters, sure. Has he been on your show? Yeah, he's been a guest, yeah. Okay, okay. Great. That makes sense. There's like a few of us in this intersection that we all know each other and I figure probably all of them have been on your show. Anyway, his screenwriting software is the best in class, but it's not necessarily for collaborative purposes. And we use it old school at sandwich. Right in the dock will put the dock in the Doc lives in Dropbox. We'll export a PDF for clients, et cetera. So I needed to find some writing with a partner, this movie that I'm working on. I needed to find something that actually was truly native cloud based collaborative. So I Google, I literally Googled how to screenwriters work together. And I remember back in the day when David Wayne director David Wayne was on your show. Right before I was actually and he talked about how he and his writing collaborators work in Google Doc and they'll, you know, they would they would just kind of use that as their software of choice because nothing else was really great or existed. And at that time they were using color coding their whoever had different color codes that had a very weird system because there was ad hoc Byzantine solutions to problems that should have been solved. And I remembered that from back in the day, but I thought there must be something now that's better than that. And so I ended up Googling how to screenwriters work together collaboratively. And there was a blog post from this company's website called arc studio pro. I had not really heard of them, but the brand was nice. The software seemed promising and I ended up just kind of biting the bullet and getting a subscription for me and my writing partner. And it's great. It's great software. And what it is, it's honestly it's just like a Mac app that's and they have an iOS app as well. That's a cloud based platform. For exactly that. For working on drafts of your script together, where all of the changes are visible and saved, it's non destructive. It's all tracked. You can even run diffs like GitHub style diffs against versions and show what's changed. There's a whole story planning outline portion of the software that's really robust and cool. You can track all of the characters and all of the themes and all of the act structure and all this stuff. All built into one fairly simplified app that's cleanly designed. And so I signed up for the app and I got an email the next day from the founder, Mikhail. This German guy, and he said, hey, I'm a fan of sandwich. Very exciting that you're using our app let us know if you need anything. And it's just one of those awesome Mac developers that will be responsive to their customers needs. Yeah. It's my favorite. And I said, I need to like, there's one person I can think of. I told this guy, there's somebody I can think of that has to be using this app if they aren't already. And he's a friend of mine named David Wayne, and he goes, oh yeah, David uses the app and he emails this all the time and we do bug fixes and features for him. So totally aligned, totally made sense that this is his tool of choice. Yeah. I mean, the biggest asset to the community is the developers. It's not Apple. I think that's what people 100%. And it's always been that way, right? Yeah. And honestly, that's what they're relying on if they ever make these goggle things. I mean, they're relying on those developers to make it good. Yeah, and they do it in the right way. Through the developer community, they're releasing the hardware in advance. And they're really like fostering those relationships with the big ones. So that they get so that they can launch to the public with best in class software. Because you can't launch an empty box. You can't do the whole Oculus developer kit. We can't wait to see what you build. That's so boring and that's so like ten years ago. Yeah. So our studio. I wasn't even aware of this app. Really cool. And it's a one person company and he has one technical guy working for him. He's super smart, super nice. He happens to be in LA right now. We had lunch last week. And he's in it for the right reasons. He wants to help storytellers have a better tool when all of the other tools kind of get in the way. Yeah. What was the app that David Wayne must be moaning it was the one that everybody uses? Oh, final draft. Yeah, final draft. Is that still a thing? Garbage. Just the dinosaur of this space. And we talked about this a lot when I had lunch with him too, is that it's a fear based industry, really, especially in your TV writing. Is that everybody has this fear when they're getting into it that if they don't do exactly the right things suggested by the protocols in the tradition of the industry, they're not going to be welcome, you know, they're going to be rejected by the industry. They won't even get through the front door. Exactly. So it's very strange because creative storytelling is should be full of this mad maverick philosophy and enterprise. We should all be trailblazers, including in the tools that we use, but for some reason these behemoths like final draft and it used to be avid for a long time. Even pro tools, they give you this false this false reality that unless you use that tool, you won't be at the Echelon that you should be in your professional life. So what's the hardest thing about going from having a successful sandwich video business saying I want to write a feature film? I mean, how do you change that gear? Honestly, it's just time management. I want to do it when I started working on this movie. I wanted to be doing it all the time. But I can't. I run a business, and I have a team and I have managed, you know, we manage like 15, 20 clients at the same time, and I'm sort of the creative head of all of those projects with my with my cohort and my right hand man JP, who's my first hire. We're sort of managing everything creatively on every project. And so that is the thing that feeds my family, so it's kind of hard to find the time to step away and I end up just doing it at the end of my day when everybody else is asleep and I should be watching Netflix, or streamers, you know, like there's so much good stuff to watch on TV and I try to get as much as I can, but really, if I want to, if I want to tap in and add value to my life and do the things and fulfill the potential that I have right now while I'm 44 years old, I just kind of have to stay up late and do it. Well, it's funny because to a lot of people, you've made it, right? Sandwich video. You made it. But even you need to have a side hustle, right?.

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"john august" Discussed on The Editors

The Editors

04:48 min | 1 year ago

"john august" Discussed on The Editors

"I may have woken people up to say hey. Maybe something's not right. There may be. He really is not on top of things. Maybe he's really not up to this job after all So i think that that is sort of a reason why we've seen such a dramatic shift. Yeah he's been. If you look at the chart on realclearpolitics he's been sliding since june but obviously last couple of weeks it's taken a major downward dip so john mccormick. There's a school of thought that really going on here. What's really hurting. Him is the resurgence of kobe. And delta nate silver tweeting earlier that that he thinks that's the key thing and he looks at how i dunno earlier this year. Eight percent of people when it looks like we're passed it said. Kobe was their their main issue announced. It's back up to thirty forty something. I think that that's part of it. I mean there was a deputy go back to the at five. Thirty eight polling average. I think biden was at fifty percents above water. He was something like fifty fifty to forty four in the five hundred john. August of team today that kabul fell nowadays underwater negative Exactly what you buy three or four points. I do think it's more afghans. Not all the news people are looking at us at their own is the delta surge. Really hasn't i wouldn't say it's change all that much last two weeks so i think it's been afghanistan. I think that this will. This will linger i mean. There is the ongoing issue of Couple hundred american citizens thousands of us permanent residents and tens of thousands of allies. So i don't know how much of an issue that will be. Twenty twenty two. I think it. I think it created a real. You know really really hurt him. With a crucial crucial swing vote on march out. An right now. you know. If you're looking at sean. Trainees always been great on this stuff. Says right now at forty six percent job approval rating which is where by You know you'd expect a loss of senate seat between zero and four. You know that only five percent of the time or four percent of the time. Would you expect a party. The democrats right now with the seats to hold on control with that type of approval rating. Now can you bounce back up. There's plenty of time for that next question to you. Charlie cook joe biden's approval rating and the realclearpolitics average which now at forty five point to what will be in november of next year decimal points permitted all things being equal. I think it will be about where it is now. The only variable that i find impossible to account for is if rose overturned. I don't know what that will do to our politics. But i don't think he's going to go back up. I think it's going to drop a little more. And then i think come election time. You'll see some partisan reinforcement perhaps combined with what will hopefully be an improvement in cove and it will get out of disastrous territory. But i mean if it is forty five before the midterms that will be terrible for the democrats not withstanding. Yeah i mean. I think that it's gonna probably fluctuate and go up and down Over the next sixteen you know the month before the election but I think that the trends are definitely bad for democrats. And i think that it's probably still gonna be a bad by the time. The midterm election kicks off mccormick. Yeah i i do think that you know biden has a floor. I'll go with forty six point zero percent. You can hold it to me. I'm off by homey. Six points also forty six point zero. Yeah torn between roughly forty three. Roughly forty four. I'm gonna say forty four. Take a little little tick down from where it is now. She's not a great spot so with that. Let me do a quick plug for the national review institute. It's buckley prize. Dinner is coming up so dust off your tuxedo or ball gown and please join the national institute october. Twenty first at the fairmont and dallas texas for the eighth annual william f. buckley junior prize dinner. This year's gala will honor. Leonard leo in eugene meyer. The federal society with the buckley prize for leadership and political thought and adam meyerson former president of the.

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"john august" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast

SpyHards Podcast

01:45 min | 1 year ago

"john august" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast

"It's an army of darkness of riff. In a lotta ways. Sam raimi's director. I really liked but did not really connect so it feels like a very under explored universe in cinema. So i'm kind of curious if toto cracks that because i would have to believe that there's a lot of interest in studio level in expanding on that wizard of oz. Ip i as long as zach braff gets to reprise his role as the monkey. I'm in no kidding. Sold brea bruce campbell cameo. I am on board as well but yeah so that was all chat with with john august. It was really nice to say so of How this charlie's angels story came to be we. We loved the first one. We didn't love the second one so much but we did love chatting with john for sure. Sir i'm. I'm glad we got the chances. Pick his brain about the films and see what happens with the next. Charlie's angels who coming up a couple of my son for sure. A camp in the meantime was coming out next week. We are tackling. The nineteen forty-five spy thriller house on ninety second street. A bit of an obscure film but available anywhere to rent. Google play apple Amazon prime probably check out. You know your local rental services it sounds like a really interesting movie to tackle and it would be fun if you guys watch it as well and join us on the journey they But don't forget to follow as discreetly on social media spy hans. sby h. a. d. ds on facebook twitter instagram. But until next week listeners. Good luck among the shadows..

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"john august" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast

SpyHards Podcast

04:31 min | 1 year ago

"john august" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast

"Yeah absolutely and it did a disservice to i think some of the other characters like as i mentioned fin matt He had a joint hand. I think better ideas what do within managed and potentially what within the third film which would bid the <hes> will evil angel story. Yeah out which i again. I think is a quite an interesting conceit but jamming insult this big big dog buster a film. It's just a mess. I'm ultimately i think it was a shame but it was nice to hear from him about the the thought that he put into it. It's a shame that we never got the story that he pitched. I think there was a lot of fun in there. And i think it would have really celebrate. What was great about the first film without overdoing. But i appreciated that. This sequel even came from good intentions. You know he genuinely wanted to build on what he had gotten across the first time and it just didn't work out is favor but wherever it comes to these types of movies movies that maybe people dismiss out of hand It's nice to know that there was someone involved at the creative level. That genuinely believe they could make something really cool out of this. I'm moving from. Charlie's angels of course as well you about his work with two button mounts of franken weenie and shadows the. That's i don't know much about those films. I haven't seen him unfortunately but did you. Did you honor the inside of that. I did in that. I chose to questions I we touched on big fish which was a very celebrated. Tim burton movie But i've wanted some details on franken in dark shadows. Because all the tim burton films they feel like the less cover I don't know if people really talk about those movies necessarily as much as you know. Charlie and the chocolate factory was a massive hit There's plenty of content out there in terms of the backstory on that film whereas with like dark shadows. I was really interested his involvement. And i'm sorry to hear. It sounds very unpleasant but franken was also very interesting to hear him. Talk about adapting that Eighty s short film into a full length. Film that i think is actually really strong. really fun. movie Off at that to my list of films to check out hey did also give us a little bit information about what is gone coming up. Yeah he said he's going to be tackling The wizard of oz universe through the point of view of toto. And it's interesting. Because i feel like the wizard of oz universe We've had the original film which is obviously beloved From nineteen thirty nine. And then you have like returned to odds which is really weird dark and kind of off putting for children and also the oz the great and powerful film which had it's interesting elements. It's an army of darkness of riff. In a lotta ways. Sam raimi's director. I really liked but did not really connect so it feels like a very under explored universe in cinema. So i'm kind of curious if toto cracks that because i would have to believe that there's a lot of interest in studio level in expanding on that wizard of oz. Ip i as long as zach braff gets to reprise his role as the monkey. I'm in no kidding. Sold brea bruce campbell cameo. I am on board as well but yeah so that was all chat with with john august. It was really nice to say so of How this charlie's angels story came to be we. We loved the first one. We didn't love the second one so much but we did love chatting with john for sure. Sir i'm. I'm glad we got the chances. Pick his brain about the films and see what happens with the next. Charlie's angels who coming up a couple of my son for sure. A camp in the meantime was coming out next week. We are tackling. The nineteen forty-five spy thriller house on ninety second street. A bit of an obscure film but available anywhere to rent. Google play apple Amazon prime probably check out. You know your local rental services it sounds like a really interesting movie to tackle and it would be fun if you guys watch it as well and join us on the journey they But don't forget to follow as discreetly on social media spy hans. Sby h. a. r. d. ds on facebook twitter instagram. But until next week listeners. Good luck among the shadows.

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"john august" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast

SpyHards Podcast

05:58 min | 1 year ago

"john august" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast

"How much little went into the process of putting these films together because he clearly cares for the characters. Yeah no kidding and it was really interesting to hear him talk about his phantom regarding the original property so often when it comes to tv shows being adapted into movies or any real. Ip you kind of question sometimes did this writer or director really even care that much about this property or they just kinda get tossed onto it. How did that work. But it was really refreshing to hear him. Talk about how much the show meant to him. And the elements he wanted to bring to this film and Actor both films. I should say but also that he had a very different pitch for the second film and we had a lot of issues with the second entry full throttle and i would love to You know now delve into the actual full story as to what that second film would have been. Yeah it was interesting too. I mean taking back to the first film when you tell me. I own the episode. You were saying about how involved drew barrymore was with the production and ultimately you as well. But it's nice. No there was this. A meeting of the minds withdrew. Mookie and john to really hurting the story and to figure it out. I think that's why the first one works so well. It knows what it's doing it knows it's university plays within it An as you mentioned we had some issues with full throttle. And i think i i called it like the the spiderman three effect i think you referred to another film but basically the same thing ironman to pirates of the caribbean sequels Fill in the blank for those sequels. That people didn't really dig. That felt kind of bloated and just filled with two muchness. Too many cooks as i say. I think it yeah. It was not as ashamed to hit. His involvement wasn't as Involved in the second film. And i think that you know we had problems with the end. I think a lot of it comes down to just being a bit of a bloated story. And i his original pitch for the phil i think was a lot stronger. I would have liked to have seen that yet. And i mean he also talked about how everyone involved whether it was berry more whether it was majidieh or himself they also the movie very differently which kind of spells trouble right there. That no one's on the same page as to what story telling and You know when. I remember the anecdotes about the first one you know. A lot of it was that drew. Barrymore sold the film on a surreal. She put together cutting together. All these different influences and more of a tone piece in terms selling what she wants to make in so often the second one felt like a surreal of ideas and influences nauseous but without a cohesive story tying altogether and a clear vision and so i can understand his frustration in that you know he can watch the second when he can find things he likes and it but it doesn't feel specific is vision to maybe what drew barrymore wanted to do. It's kind of like you know i. It's serving everyone at the same time and no one as well..

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"john august" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast

SpyHards Podcast

03:53 min | 1 year ago

"john august" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast

"Does that make roger moore. Sean connery your bond. I think i am generally torn. I say from russia with love but also the spy who loved me as a as another is up there. A lot as well I think just from early exposure. Probably roger moore a little bit more than sean connery. But that's just from earliest both right now. I can't really compare them side by side. Bus fare people struggle continue to occupy until this day. Well cab gemini questions. Well i mean we've touched on james bond. Are there any other spy movies. That really jumped out to you as favorites a spy movies. There's always like the the realistic spy. Movies the tinker tailor soldier spies the british. Vise folks go to when want spy movie. I want some I wasn't espionage that that involves like steaks and jumping and stunts. And that's why i like the born. That's why you now. One of the real pitches for doug initial take on the board of his. It's james bond. If he was ashley physically capable of doing all these things and that if you took away through all of his all the infrastructure behind him and just had him be one bad guy by himself. So that's a good pitch. I have other ones that. I'm dying to and it's honestly honestly genre that i lean on in terms of going to pitch. I chose angeles probably the exception for me because it's not the kind of thing that's usually my wheelhouse right now. Is there anything coming up. You'd like to promote or any projects working on a couple of things. So i have my weekly podcast called script. It's it's craig mazin so we have. We just crossed up at five hundred. Our on a script companion book which should be fun. what else am i up to. I the movie in production right now at warners called toto. Which is the story wizard of oz from todos. One of you. So that's been tremendously outs to pursue starting that and Other protestant hoping to get shooting. How pretty soon. It's been a obviously a weird year for everybody but As we started start getting things back into production. It's fun to think of stuff happening in front of the cameras again. Well i suppose that wraps us up. John i wanna thank you for taking the time to come and talk about. Charlie's angels today absolutely camps absolute pleasure and way back from all turbocharged interview with john olga and while turbocharged indeed. That interview went full throttle. Let us run. I mean it was an absolute blast. john clearly is a a master his croft. I would say he knows what he's talking about. And the charlie's angels films are not particularly deep. Shall we say really. It's not how i thought they were really on the human condition. Maybe if you were As good looking as the angels may be our lives would be different than than we would resonate more with it but it's nice as to how much little went into the process of putting these films together because he clearly cares for the characters. Yeah no kidding and it was really interesting to hear him talk about his phantom regarding the original property so often when it comes to tv shows being adapted into movies or any real. Ip you kind of question sometimes did this writer or director really even care that much about this property or they just kinda get tossed onto it. How did that work..

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"john august" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast

SpyHards Podcast

02:12 min | 1 year ago

"john august" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast

"We need another giant director. Sony's gonna say no answer. We went to bernie said yes and so. Tim said yes in very quickly moved into production. So i didn't really work with tim. That much on big fish. I was there for pre production. I was there in this little seen works. But i liked jammed up. We didn't work very closely together at on. Big fish I was really happy to the movie turned out. And he liked me enough that he brought a chocolate factory and corpse bride and franken weenie and other projects after that so it was a good cop laboraties but it wasn't The typical way that writers and directors come together right and i'm curious to with franken weenie adapting a short film like that. Like how do you look at film like that. You know the short. Is you know again as a short film and find a way to blow that up to feature length like what we're sort of the you know the tricks that worked for you and maybe some of the pitfalls people could fall into adopting something that short anytime. You're adopting something you'd have to look at what may work in a small version and of the things that were made it work so well and small version. What could translate you a big feature film and so with franken witty have short film is great trick. So could baseless weren't take all the stuff over but where are the opportunities for expansion and tim said listen. I i think there's many more monsters that wanna be in this movie..

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"john august" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast

SpyHards Podcast

05:43 min | 1 year ago

"john august" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast

"But every day there was a monster and everyone had circuit up Gang up together and like fight. Defeat the monster and etiquette certificate onto the next thing and yet as tough as it all was. We were so proud of the first movie. How has received a mostly how it felt that it was like a movie. That teen girls absolutely loved but boys doug as well that whole families could go see. I was just really proud of what we've been accomplished in part because we were underdogs going into it. There is always so much speculation like this is dumb. Tv knock off. It's you know there's so pointless to try to make this movie and the fact that it turned out well and did really well with such vindication. I think going into the second movie. There were high expectations and everyone had a different idea of what made the first movie successful. And so there was a desire to Let's crank up all those knobs thirteen and and that was really challenging now before the The box office for the second one was a little lower than the first and it seems like kind of brakes got put on a third film but it seems like there was excitement about doing a second towards the end of the first was any of that energy existing towards the end of the second one for potential third. I don't recall there being great enthusiasm about doing a third one. I think because it had been again a rough time doing it. I mean the angels got along sr attack early. But i think the The fact that didn't do as well as the first one and it was such a slog for everyone there. Wasn't i think a lot of enthusiasm about it but as recently as two thousand seventeen. I have talks with drew..

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"john august" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast

SpyHards Podcast

03:48 min | 1 year ago

"john august" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast

"Hello and welcome to another spy spy mazda interview. I'm agent scott. And i'm cam the provocateur and this week in celebration of covering the second. Charlie's angels film charlie's angels full throttle. We are kicking into overdrive to give a second episode and this time we are joined by the writer of both the first film and this film joan august can't tell me a little bit about john. August yeah john. August is a very prominent writer in hollywood. Right now In addition to the charlie's angels films he worked with. Tim burton on several films. That will talk about in the interview. including charlie and the chocolate factory and franken weenie. He's also in recent years. Been behind the aladdin remake. He wrote on that film. Starring will smith and that was a massive hit he talks about some of the projects. He's got coming up in the interview as well that sound like they have the potential to be have real blockbuster appeal as well so really interesting character In the current world of hollywood screenwriting and yet a forget. He's a he's been nominated for a bafta. He has his own podcast script notes. Podcast say yeah. It was really fascinating chats with john and we will forever to it right now. Cam rolette clip and we are joined today by the writer. All this week's film. Charlie's angels full throttle along with charlie's angels titan a big fish franken weenie. Most recently disney's aladdin remake as well none other than jong august. It's a pleasure to be here next coming on john. Appreciate your time of course so when we have people who was trying a brief idea of how they got to the job that they're doing so the first question i have few is. How did you get into writing in the first place. I'd always been a writer. So i started off in high school editing. By high school newspaper..

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"john august" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast

SpyHards Podcast

03:38 min | 1 year ago

"john august" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast

"Hello and welcome to another spy spy mazda interview. I'm agent scott. And i'm the provocateur. And this week in celebration of covering the second charlie's angels film charlie's angels full throttle. We are kicking into overdrive to give a second episode and this time we are joined by the writer of both the first film and this film joan august can't tell me a little bit about john. August yeah john. August is a very prominent writer in hollywood. Right now In addition to the charlie's angels films he worked with. Tim burton on several films. That will talk about in the interview. including charlie and the chocolate factory and franken weenie. He's also in recent years. Been behind the aladdin remake. He wrote on that film. Starring will smith and that was a massive hit he talks about some of the projects. He's got coming up in the interview as well that sound like they have the potential to be have real blockbuster appeal as well so really interesting character In the current world of hollywood screenwriting and yet a forget. He's a he's been nominated for a bafta. He has his own podcast script notes. Podcast say yeah. It was really fascinating chats with john and we will forever to it right now. Cam rolette clip and we are joined today by the writer. All this week's film. Charlie's angels full throttle along with charlie's angels titan a big fish franken weenie. Most recently disney's aladdin remake as well none other than jong august. It's a pleasure to be here next coming on john. Appreciate your time of course so when we have people who was trying a brief idea of how they got to the job that they're doing so the first question i have few is. How did you get into writing in the first place. I'd always been a writer. So i started off in high school editing. By high school newspaper. I went to school for journalism and thought i would focus in advertising and as a halfway through that degree and realized i really didn't wanna sell kivelson bits for living on but his house in college. I found that there was such a thing as screaming..

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"john august" Discussed on Never Surrender

Never Surrender

04:27 min | 1 year ago

"john august" Discussed on Never Surrender

"It's about a guy who wakes up in a musical. It's really good. Marksmen routes really gets hans worth. That's probably look get made at some point but the money against it. It's gotta be twenty nine dollars. Oh my god. I wrote tarzan movie for warners. And it's Technically the same threat of the movie came out but my tarzan was set present. Day in civil unrest africa rather than the past. And i really loved it fenwick suit. They're not suit. Isn't project back when i was doing. Mostly kids book adaptations to guy who suit comes to life. Ooh i love that. That's cool and then you mentioned fantasy island is only demon. -nology demon another early project before go came out. It is like Like clueless but set against the apocalypse. Oh that's fun that's gonna love so now. Obviously you've written a lot of movies. That are dead. Are their scripts in your drawer. Somewhere that you know occasionally return to go back to tinker with and yeah there are a few that i think we'll probably at some point come to life and so every once in a while i'll i'll revisit them and so i have assistant asked some other folks who work with me and we do a weekly staff meeting and so on our big list that we go through all the products are actually active but then we always have at the very bottom like the sort of. Let's not completely forget about these last few things right right and there's a few folks there that i think could eventually happen do you do you have a social media do i do. I'm on twitter at john august also match on august and the podcast that you guys called script. It's so easy to find. It is just. My website is john. August dot com. So you'll find scripts there but also wherever you're listening to this podcast. Great that's awesome. That's also wanted.

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"john august" Discussed on Never Surrender

Never Surrender

04:38 min | 1 year ago

"john august" Discussed on Never Surrender

"How long did it take you to write three months and we got short of green lights came quickly and pretty easily. We got a director on board. And he and i just did not see the same movie and that is a thing that happens and i had no ability to stop that difference of opinion. Like when push came to shove. I was shoved chopped and so the i still see a lot of attention on my intentions and sort of the fundamental choices i made are still there. But it's not quite the movie that i had intended to be so it's always a weird thing when you finally. What were some of the things that he would push no. I'm not sure i got. I got the boot after one more draft. And i'm not quite sure what we're specifically his big things and what were disney sort of you know moving back towards the middle of moving toward a safer version but i think one of his fundamental interests was not having me around. Oh well that's a problem. Yeah yeah now. That's weird but it's not weird. I mean and and i i would say that especially for a person who's generally written his own things. Having another person who has that function is not comfortable. I would say that. I would have challenge working. You know if. I came onto a project. There'd been another writer. I would have a challenge working without right or two. So i get that But it was really frustrating. And so unlike the phone call on dark shadows. I found out through a text from a friend who said like i can't believe higher that other writer on the project and it's a kidding me man. Yeah so that's why you know what you found out through a tex getting like. Oh yeah some of the thing happened to me once. So i can certainly identify. It's not fun. yeah so. So it's heartbreaking. And yet i still really like the movie ultimately like i m going back in and seeing early cuts and being able to give notes and an offer suggestions sort of i think the movies better for my input later on down the road but it's frustrating like you now. It's kind of. It's more my movie than chinese honestly. Yeah.

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"john august" Discussed on Never Surrender

Never Surrender

05:15 min | 1 year ago

"john august" Discussed on Never Surrender

"So after working with. Tim burton on multiple films. We get to dark shadow and you wrote on this movie for for a very short period of time and then you off basically you story by. There's like you have a story by credit on your credit in some way so something happened where where something changed in the process of you writing with for two breath. That's a fair thing happen to you. If you see a story by credit in someone else get screenplay credit like something else. Something in a tim. Burton and johnny. Depp came to me with dark shadows. They've gotten the rights to it. They really wanted to kadarshian movie. I said of course yes. And i read all the books and shadows got familiar with the series and what i pitched. Described is probably best thought of as. It's like the godfather vampire at the center. And so so it's it's a multigenerational family saga but with vampire at the heart of it and so i went to maine. I did all my research. I sorta barricaded myself there. Really try to write. And i was really happy with the script. Everyone's happy with the script and it was a complicated. I thought we had done really well. But in the year that was writing that Twilight and true blood came out and suddenly vampires. Which weren't sure if it were everywhere. And so i got word back that. Johnny andrew tim or some combination Really wanted to push against all that stuff and make it funny and the thing i written didn't most comedy in that but it was not a funny movie so another writer came in and i don't know what ever happened to that draft. And but i. I need a credit dick zanuck. Who was the producer of big fish big fish and was reducer of dark shadows. He was the one who called me to tell me that i was being replaced that they're going to for direction at someone else's writing movie and.

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"john august" Discussed on Never Surrender

Never Surrender

05:13 min | 1 year ago

"john august" Discussed on Never Surrender

"What i do. I don't want to mess this up are you. Oh i want to bring some new things into this. I want to bring a new voice a different point of view. How sacred are you to the original material. And are you comfortable like veering off into some newer territory. I think you always have to be really mindful of what works about the original. Or how much of a works about the original. Wants to come with you into the movie version but you have to remember that you're always making a movie. You're not just taking a book or original series and like putting it through a machine to turn out the work. It has to really be experienced of two hours sitting in a theater watching it on screen. It's going to work and so sometimes you can be very direct and so the allegation of factories. Really direct adaptation of that book. And so i would say half of a sentence. If i knew but i added the things that needed to be there to fill flush out the rest of it. Big fish is vastly different than the underlying book and so when i met with the author the rights. I had to tell him that. Like listen. i'm going to probably change almost everything but it won't change the spirit of what your book is about. I won't change the idea of your book but the characters the actual incidents the plot is going to be really different. So just bear with me. But i think you'll like it and they know authors credit really. Trust me there and is that because you feel like it's in. The book doesn't work as a film i knew didn't work a film i it was just. It's a bunch of little tiny anecdotes. Don't stitch together. Well had a flow. And i needed to really create a new structure to tell the story so the miskelly callaway character and all a circus does not exist in the book and it was basically just a real big ten that could take all these little small stories and put them in this context You know the father son split works very differently in the book so it was really rethinking everything so like as you guys moved on from big fish to franken weenie right. What's franken meeting next. No no no surprise. Bride was corpse bride adapted as well. Of course right is an adaptation. And i was not the first writer. Pamela hitler come on that before then. It was adaptation of an old folk tale. And that was a situation where they were that. Built the puppets. They were getting close to production and stuff just wasn't quite working and so the fly over to london and met with her and i said you know what i really need some songs. I know. tim doesn't want us to be musical. But i really need a song to sort of set up this world and so you know that not all..

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"john august" Discussed on Never Surrender

Never Surrender

05:09 min | 1 year ago

"john august" Discussed on Never Surrender

"Recognize this movie at all. I remember thinking like maybe there's movie can never come out because it's so bad i know will hurt me. It could be better if this movie didn't come out and What didn't know. Then which i've realized afterwards is that i always dreadful and especially for the writer who comes. It pretty cleaned the experience. You're you're watching the. Oh my god. This is an absolute disaster. And then you start doing the work and you start you. Write up the notes and short of trying to get seen by cnn shot-by-shot mumbai moment to get it back to where it intricate which is not the screenplay which was the plan for making the movie right but for like with the movie we actually shot. What is the best version of that. And so it's figuring out how you're going to take what's shot and then if there are going to be reshoots figuring out like what the re-shoots would be. That would make this all possible. And so i had to both of those things in did you reshoots on redirect crucial that that allowed us to bridge over some problems. You know. find new solutions for things so a lot of the ending. Reshot what was different about the ending. We just realize okay. The movies not working. So i wrote news stuff to do that. New connective bits. That's her get claire into connecting with gains again. Just sometimes simple logic. Things reached needed new shots but sometimes they really are new scenes. Yeah now you you've developed I want to get into talking about your relationship with tim burton. But before we get to that. Charlie's angels oh amazing. Oh my god the first movie so tries to the second movie was really cool to though thank you both cool movies thank you. The second one was harder situation. Which i can't really look objectively. I got really drunk last year and watched it for the first time came out live tweeted my experience of says it came out but the first movie was a great experience. It was that sense of you know just approaching it. Just sitting down on a couch withdrew and talking through what the movie felt like what we wanted to feel like and then only go out from emotional point of view and which was sort of to be really proud of these girls who are giant dorks. When they're off when they're not on the job at really professional on their on the job given that feeling right then i had to sort of reverse engineer a whole plot. That could actually support these characters. Who will and it was as experience really really really hard to make and there were fights everyday just because you have a bunch of really creative people who all have different visions for exactly how. It's going to work every day. I described it as fighting the monster. You weren't quite sure who was going to be monsters from as you were gonna be the monster but there's always a monster to fight and everyone had to gather together to fight the monster and that way kind of through the whole thing and there was also tremendous love and The town was really against us. Everyone assumed that the girls were fighting with each other which they weren't and Then we the trailer was awesome and then like we had a vision for like. Oh it can feel the trailer and we re cutting re-shoot the movie to actually match that that spirit and played. Like getting busters. Charlie's angels was so much different than the original show. it was so much cooler and so much more Positive towards women and the way that they worked and then and and so funny and nerdy and like it was just..

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"john august" Discussed on Never Surrender

Never Surrender

03:48 min | 1 year ago

"john august" Discussed on Never Surrender

"Had no movies to my name and they were bringing me into just do some dialogue work on the script. And i'm not sure i'm not quite sure and see what's events i was before man who was after but it was a scripted. Had been around for a while. So i did the work i could do on it. I think we went through three directors. The month i was working on it was changing in terms of the approach. The visual approach. But i wrote on it and you know tried you. Do the character work. They wanted and then just go away and then two years later you see of the film. It's like oh some west of there. Some stuff is very different than what i had written. And that's okay. It's where you feel like you know. I knew i was just. I was carrying the ball for certain distance. I sometimes you describe the difference as like. There's movies where i'm clearly artist. I had the vision and this is my vision. And this is how it's going to be sure is other times where i'm the cabinet maker where i'm just providing my craft to sort of make this thing work better but it's not my movie at all and so tight knees not move at all of it. I wrote some on it. I deserve just the credit. I get which is like authored. So here's a question that i have for you so this movie comes out tiny which you have a apart in in in the creation of the movie. It's like something somewhere. In the realm of production budget was seventy five million and it made like thirty million or so worldwide now. Does that have any effect on your career at all now. Does it now. Not not that does affect you. Did it affect you emotionally in any way or were you just like nope not mine and just kind of a continue. Yeah it was actually a very good lesson in that you know. That was the movie that i made. That had my name on it. But like i had so much less emotional investment in it than twenty other movies. I've written in that time. Were even written before then had a tremendous investment just by roll. The dice had not happened. And so i'm really happy for the movie. But it's not sort of mine in a meaningful way..

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"john august" Discussed on Never Surrender

Never Surrender

05:38 min | 1 year ago

"john august" Discussed on Never Surrender

"On this episode of never surrender. It was deeply frustrating. I had to sort of morning. And i'd been through enough situations of projects dying to recognize. It's never turned back. I'm never going to get it back. I have to sort of move. Odd thing i can't. There's nothing i can do can change the situation so therefore i have to acknowledge that. That's the thing that's happened in thrift. Move onto the next state of and but it was. It's really tough because you know this thing. Is you know something that probably have your name up. No control over it and it's frustrating. Because to have spent much time in it and in some ways it would be easier than actually just died. I'm jack target. And i'm stephen kramer glickman and this is never surrendered the show where we sit down with the most successful people in the entertainment industry and talk about failure and how they push through it and never gave up because we've all failed. We've all had setbacks. We've all questioned whether to keep going but at some point everybody struggles. Yeah i mean. I've been let go from some of my favorite jobs. You and me both. We just hope that. By listening to this podcast. It will help. Give me the strength to never surrender. Our guest today is responsible. For some of the greatest blockbusters in the movie business. He's the screenwriter behind the movies. Go charlie's angels big fish and charlie and the chocolate factory most recently. He co wrote the twenty nine hundred nine live action adaptation of the disney classic aladdin. He's also an accomplished author. Writing the successful fiction series are low finch but his success is our writer. Did not happen overnight. He's had his scripts passover projects cancelled and struggled to make it in the business but he never gave up. This is john. Hey thanks so much for being here. it's a pleasure to be here. I'm usually on the other side of the table. Recording podcasts podcast. So it's strange to be the guest but it's nice. Let's start with how how this all began for you in your career where When did you decide to become a writer. Because i know originally it was journalism. Where did it go from journalism into just just in general just being a writer. How did that was a writer so even growing up in colorado. I would write stories right now for school newspaper. I thought i wanted to be maybe a journalist because that's a professional writer and so i could do that. Went to journalism school. At drake university and wallace they are discovered there's such a thing as screenplay that the movies are written for their films which seems so obvious. Now everyone talks about that but no one was really talking about. This isn't the late eighties. And i was reading. My premiere magazine. I saw like nor ephron is a screenwriter. There's a person who writes movies. And i once i was able to find my first script. Which was steven soderbergh script for sex lies and videotape verse when i could buy in a bookstore because they had the script and had its production. Diaries and i could watch the movie and flip through the script of like everything. They're saying everything they're doing. It's in the script. I and which was such a revelation which seems so again obvious now that it was not obvious to me at the time so once i read that script i decided okay. I really want that job of being the person who writes the movies before they become movies. So i applied to film school and i came to los angeles and started. What was the first thing he wrote. The first the first thing i wrote. I wrote a the first part of this of this movie..

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A Tennis Star Catches COVID-19

No Challenges Remaining

05:27 min | 2 years ago

A Tennis Star Catches COVID-19

"Welcome the no challenges remaining. It is Sunday. June twenty first twenty, twenty I am Ben Rothenberg I was working on posting are editing an episode that I recorded a couple days ago with buddies and frequent guests, this show remobilize into all and Louisa Thomas also this episode for the beginning of it. round table talking about the open their plans etcetera etcetera. Then a couple less than an hour ago, there was a posted popped up. I think I dream and remained Toumani. Join me again hello. Hello. Irene was the first one is. If I saw a post, this poster came up on your instagram feed, and can you describe what you saw instagram? Basically posted a photo of himself with a mask, announcing that he is back in Monaco and tested positive for covid nineteen an he apologized for possibly endangering others so yeah, it was him basically disclosing that he has positive, and as we know agree, gorgeous got back from Croatia where he was playing in the Adria tour and a couple of days before that he was playing in Belgrade as well, so he's playing Novak store, and yeah, and we mentioned that obviously on the podcast we recorded two days ago. I it it should be noted that we've seen many patriots of Griego over the past couple of weeks. But that's the first pitcher. We've seen what I'm wearing a mosque. Stu Point to money no I think. Yeah, so this is sort of tenses. Thing hopefully it get to a Rudy Gobert moment in tennis where Gregoire realized I have nothing fallen close attention, paying close attention to the Adria tour, but grew on court yesterday a Saturday in Croatia playing a match inside our Croatia as part of this Adria series traveling around the Balkans he was in. Serbia and we talked about this. A bunch on the show and I think I will probably still. Post the show recorded before, but I feel like this will change the tenor of its I want to post these. Get this one up I throw show that we are connected to reality more than maybe the other episode from two days ago because I think as Louisa, early people say on the show like. In these times a lock change short period of time, this is obviously a big moment for tennis. One that I think it's fair to say that we all feared was very possible with looking at Adria series, which is exhibition event sort of started by Novak Djokovic determined director. Quote Unquote was Georgia Djokovic of ex brother. It was being held in Belgrade and a few other planned stops around the Balkans They just actually after the news of Dmitrov positive test. They just can't sold the final match of today's session in. Montenegro which was supposed to host next weekend had already said thanks, but no thanks to Adria tour canceled their leg of the event. We sort of imagined Asia tour, which was an event. Whichever one you twenty? How about you described? He described what what we saw because he posted a bunch of photos. From recent days what Adrian Tour Bend like the got people concerned something this. Business was sending. The optics are not good. Let's put it charitably that way. Yes essentially what we've seen is What is a very regular event in very abnormal times you know? Whether it's you look on twitter on on streams on on Youtube big crowds in the stadium at Novak's Club scene players. And hands and invading each other's personal space and Interacting with fans you've seen videos of. Them are on the out in a club stripping together. and. Will these images that would be normal in normal times, but these aren't normal times, and it makes you cringe a bit. And so there there there's been tons of criticism and. Of course. Rich kind of. Received a lot of criticism for an we actually spoke. To US ball. And he said kind of that. He's aware of the criticism from the West. But you know what while things may be bad in the UK or the, us, it's not. It's not the same in Serbia. And, yeah, and for that reason you know people have been kind of reacting to that and reacting badly, and that's kind of where we. Can I add? They also had a kids day. That had a lot of kids. We've seen the photo of that as well and they've had a football match, and they've had a basketball match in Croatia. They went to a concert with Donovan John August the new version others the other day, and the thing is you have players who came from countries. Who aren't Serbia and Croatia in that? You have you have players someone like Gregoire? Who flew from the states, then winces Bulgaria, possibly also to Monaco. You also have such as Vera. Vera who's traveling from different places Sasha's also saddlebrook for quite a big portion of the quarantine time you have people traveling from different places, and they got off the plane, and you see the video of them getting off the plane and immediately hugging Novak, and immediately being welcomed people into walking around the no masks I don't understand how you can get a flight and already know that that person that person didn't have time to get tested, so that already was

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#PayUpHollywood Attempting To Change Pay And Working Conditions For Entertainment Industry Assistants

The Frame

06:44 min | 3 years ago

#PayUpHollywood Attempting To Change Pay And Working Conditions For Entertainment Industry Assistants

"Assistance in the entertainment industry are overworked underpaid and and often have to run personal errands for their bosses even after they leave for the day. That's according to a new survey of more than fifteen hundred assistance. It was released this this week by the grassroots movement called pay up Hollywood. The campaign started as a twitter Hashtag back in October and has been gaining momentum since then Katie kilkenny is an associate editor at the Hollywood reporter where she covers labor and she explains how the Hashtag grew out of an episode of script notes. A podcast asked about screenwriting. A assistant wrote in saying you know I think one of the big issues. That's going to be coming forward in the next few decades in Hollywood is that we're gonna I have to talk about the low pay. That assistance are facing in how that is related to rising cost of living in Los Angeles and from near the hosts which cacus Craig Mason. Who are both really powerful writers in Hollywood? Read that note and ask for more people to talk about their stories of being an assistant in Los Angeles they just got an overwhelming matic. Email and a writer named Alber who is on the board at the Writers Guild of America started Hashtag called Hashtag Champ. Hollywood so a couple of days before Thanksgiving script notes facilitated a pay up Hollywood town hall where assistance had a chance to talk about some of the issues. And here's what one woman who didn't provide. Her name had to say about burnout. We almost have like three jobs at once. Like not only. Are we working our day. The job for forty to sixty hours a week and not making enough and then therefore doing work on the side like babysitting driving etc but we also have the work of our own careers. I and I think that is what leads that burnout. Because we're not only expected to have this day job that puts all these things in place for us to move forward and then on top of that we're expected to have like an hour to write a day or or to fund their own short films and make them on the weekends like that is just like impossible. I think impossible's inaccurate word word for what she's describing. What some of the other issues that came up around the Hashtag and around the town hall so I think a big one is the question of access? Hollywood has been talking talking a lot about its diversity issues wanting to get more folks into the pipeline of diverse backgrounds. But what we're looking at. Here's the situation where you have to to be able to afford to be an assistant in the first place to get that first leg up in the industry and so Paige Hollywood has just released a survey of one thousand thousand five hundred fifty one assistance and they found that seventy percent of the people who were surveyed were white and that fifty two percent were receiving financial -sential aid from family and friends to make ends meet as they were assistance in Hollywood. So I think we're seeing that this industry in order to diversify does have to become more accessible or economically manically accessible to folks who aren't coming in with with that aid so that to me was notable as well as the fact that a lot of assistance were also talking thing about this sort of demeaning conditions that were expected of them. Hollywood has pay your dues culture and I think a lot of folks remember at its in difficult conditions when they or assistance and so sort of expect. There is a lot to go through that as well. But in the survey it showed that one hundred and four respondents had an object thrown at them in the workplace. So I think that we're looking at conditions assistance or not only being pretty badly paid but also they are facing conditions that are pretty rough. We're talking with Katie kilkenny at the Hollywood reporter about pay up. Hollywood there are other things that really jumped out to me. One is that almost ninety three percent of those. The people surveyed said they work more than forty hours a week and fifteen percent said they were working more than sixty hours a week and hero's something that was really troubling. Almost almost a quarter said that they had reported an increase in substance abuse. So it sounds like the job is really taking a terrible terrible toll on the people who are in this line of work completely. I mean I think these numbers sort of show something that assistance have been talking to each other about for a long time and so I think for a lot of this is not a surprise but this survey really shines a light on some of these issues and the fact that things need to change and it sounds like some show runners are actually saying this is unsustainable and maybe even immoral absolutely so I talked to a few folks. We'd been vocal on twitter with their support and basically found out talking to them that they were advocating for higher wages on projects that they're currently developing and these are Adam conifer who Folks might know true. TV's Adam Ruins everything. David H Steinberg. who was a CO show runner? Netflix is no good nick. And the writer producer producer Creator Ayelet Waldman who was an executive producer on Netflix. Unbelievable Waldman in particular told me that she was trying to get her assistance twenty dollars an hour plus benefits and hover was saying that he was trying to just various aspects of the job to make it more. Tenable you said in your story Lori that you had reached out to the major studios and talent agencies for comment and let's just say they weren't flooding the phone lines calling back. have any of them. Had anything anything to say. One Agency is doing something and they didn't provide comment for the story. But you know I heard via sources that for which is the talent agency that represents spoke John August who helped movement as well as Liz Alpert who coined. The HASHTAG has conducted in anonymous pace survey of their assistance. And and I will also be receiving and looking at the results of the pay up Hollywood survey and I imagine that in weeks to come others will speak up more but for now they our remaining mum and even if the hours are horrible. The working conditions aren't great. A lot of people want these jobs right because it's so hard hard to get into the business and this is one possible path for people who want to become creative people in Hollywood definitely. They're extremely competitive jobs and often a line that is used with assistance to speak up about work. Conditions is that you know there were thousands. That will take place but it's gotten to the point where the wages are the same as they were twenty years ago in some cases That's what we're hearing from. These stories while the cost of living in Los Angeles has skyrocketed. And so these assistance missiles argument is that the situation is untenable at the slain. Katie Kilkenny is an associate editor at the Hollywood reporter. Katie thanks so much for coming on the show as much for having me

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'Grease' Prequel 'Summer Loving' In The Works

Collider Movie Talk

00:21 sec | 4 years ago

'Grease' Prequel 'Summer Loving' In The Works

"Saying this paramount is reportedly gearing up for a prequel to Greece titled summer loving the studio atop John August. Depend the script. No word yet on exactly how he plans to bring this story to screen. Oh boy. The only toss question I could come up with for this is what do you guys think is a worse idea a grease prequel or the cats movie that

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