August at the Sundance Film Festival 2007
August 4, 1970
Boulder, Colorado, U.S.
|Education||Drake University, USC (MFA)|
|Occupation||Screenwriter, director, producer|
|Spouse(s)||Michael August (m. 2008)|
He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, voting in the Writers branch. In 2016, he was awarded the WGAw's Valentine Davies Award for his dignified contributions to the entertainment industry and the community-at-large.
August was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. He earned a degree in journalism from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and an MFA in film from The Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles.
In 1998, August acquired the film rights to Daniel Wallace's Big Fish. His adaptation became the 2003 Tim Burton film of the same name and earned August a 2003 BAFTA Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Since 2003, August has written the screenplay for several Tim Burton films, including Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (an adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's book), and Frankenweenie. August also shared story credit with Seth Grahame-Smith on Burton's Dark Shadows.
The Nines, his writing/directing debut starring Ryan Reynolds, Melissa McCarthy, Hope Davis and Elle Fanning, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and Venice Film Festival's Critics’ Week.
For television, August has developed three projects. D.C, a one-hour drama for the WB Network, ran in April 2000. Alaska, a crime drama for ABC, shot a pilot in 2004 directed by Kim Manners but was not picked up for series. Ops, a one-hour drama co-created by Jordan Mechner, was developed for 20th Television/Fox, but never filmed a pilot.
He founded Quote-Unquote Apps in 2010, which develops software related to film and the film industry. Their releases include FDX Reader, an iOS application that displays Final Draft files; Less IMDb, a browser extension for Safari, Chrome, and Firefox that reorganizes the layout of IMDb pages; and Bronson Watermarker, an OS X watermarking application that supports multiple outputs. He also commissioned the typeface Courier Prime from Alan Dague-Greene, intended to be a more readable alternative to Courier New.
In 2012, the Quote-Unquote team, along with Stu Maschwitz, developed Fountain, a simple markup syntax for screenplays. Later that year, Quote-Unquote released the first public beta of Highland, an OS X utility that converts screenplays between PDF, FDX, and Fountain formats, and works as a Fountain text editor.
Since the summer of 2011, August and fellow screenwriter Craig Mazin have hosted Scriptnotes, a weekly podcast on the craft of screenwriting and the film industry. It consistently ranks among iTunes's top TV & Film podcasts.
August launched a Kickstarter called Writer Emergency Pack, a deck of cards designed to help writers when they're stuck. The Kickstarter raised $158,104 from 5,714 backers. It is now for sale to the public.
In May 2015, August launched a Kickstarter for a card game called One Hit Kill.
|1998||God||Writer, director||Short, starring Melissa McCarthy|
|1999||Go||Written by||Also co-producer, 2nd unit director|
|2000||D.C.||Creator, Co-executive producer||TV series|
|2000||Titan A.E.||Screenplay||With Joss Whedon and Ben Edlund|
|2000||Charlie's Angels||Written by||With Ryan Rowe & Ed Solomon, based on the TV series created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts|
|2003||Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle||Screenplay, story||With Cormac Wibberley & Marianne Wibberley, based on the TV series created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts|
|2003||Big Fish||Screenplay||Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace; also wrote the song "Twice the Love"|
|2005||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||Screenplay||Based on the book by Roald Dahl; also wrote the lyrics to "Wonka's Welcome Song"|
|2005||Corpse Bride||Screenplay||With Caroline Thompson and Pamela Pettler; also wrote the lyrics to "Remains of the Day", "Tears to Shed", "According to Plan"|
|2007||The Nines||Written by, director|
|2010||Prince of Persia: Sands of Time||Executive producer||Based on the video game franchise created by Jordan Mechner|
|2012||Dark Shadows||Story||With Seth Grahame-Smith, based on the soap opera created by Dan Curtis|
|2012||Frankenweenie||Screenplay||Based on the short film by Tim Burton|
- Macworld FDX Reader review
- FDX Reader on CNET
- "Academy Invites 134 to Membership" on Oscars.com
- "Screenwriter John August to Receive WGAW's 2016 Valentine Davies Award" on WGA.org
- Go on Rotten Tomatoes
- Go credits on IMDb
- Daniel Wallace website
- 2003 BAFTA Best Adapted Screenplay nominees
- The Nines at Sundance.com
- D.C. episode list on IMDb
- The Futon Critic
- "Scribes on a Fox mission" on Variety.com
-  "Andrew Lippa and John August's Big Fish Swims Onto Broadway Beginning Sept. 5" on Playbill.com
- The 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards Roundup: Film/TV/Visual Media Field
- August, John. "About John August". Retrieved 17 November 2014.
- Scriptnotes on iTunes
- podbay.fm top ranked TV and Film podcasts
- Writer Emergency Pack
- Writer Emergency Pack now on sale
- One Hit Kill on Kickstarter
- johnaugust.com » I got married
- johnaugust.com » Two big debuts