DZ-85: Choices & Decisions 2 – The Farewell & Wrath of Man

What is difference between choice and decision when it comes to audience experience?

In our second part of our “series” on Choices & Decisions, we take a deep dive into THE FAREWELL and WRATH OF MAN, with a sidebar on NOMADLAND.

In THE FAREWELL, we consider how the choice/decision to lie underpins every sene of the film (to great effect).

In NOMADLAND, we consider how using choice and decision is a great way to show how a character doesn’t change.

And in WRATH OF MAN, we look at how non-linear narrative – and its decoupling of choice, decisions and consequence (wouldn’t that be a detripling???) impacts the audience experience, especially how we feel about characters.

The terminology we settled on in Part 1 was:

  • CHOICE: Are the options presented to the character.
  • DECISION: Is the knowing consideration of the choice and resulting action.
  • CONSEQUENCE: is the resulting outcome from the choice.

As always: SPOILERS ABOUND

 Audio quotations used for educational purposes only. Timestamps indicated below. Chapter markers included in the mp3.

Thanks to Chris for editing this episode.


CHAPTERS

  • 00:00:00 – Intro
  • 00:01:38 – Decisions & Choices Recap
  • 00:03:41 – The Farewell
  • 00:28:58 – Nomadland
  • 00:37:39 – Wrath of Man
  • 01:36:54 – Wrap Up & Key Learnings
  • 01:45:06 – Backmatter

LINKS

RELATED EPISODES


This episode brought to you by ScriptUp – https://www.scriptupstudio.com – use promo code DZ10 to get 10% off.

Thanks to all our patrons, especially Thomas, Garrett, Bjorn, Randy, Jesse, Theis, Sandra, and Khrob.

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DZ-84: Choices & Decisions 1 – Booksmart

What is the difference between choice and decision when it comes to characters?

In order to better understand dramatising of character, Chas and Stu take a very draft zero look at very specific tool: choices and decisions. We analyse three films through the decisions made by their characters. In particular, how the audience understanding of: the choice available, the considered decision itself, and the consequence changes how we feel about these characters. And how separating those three things can create different emotional effects on your audience. 

We debate this in the episode, but this is the terminology we settle on:

  • CHOICE: Are the options presented to the character.
  • DECISION: Is the knowing consideration of the choice and resulting action.
  • CONSEQUENCE: is the resulting outcome from the choice.

Part 1 (this part) establishes what we mean by choice and decision, and then takes a deep dive into BOOKSMART, directed by Olivia Wilde, and written by Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins and Susanna Fogel.  We all discuss FLEABAG, SEVEN, and old favourite, Star Wars.

Part 2 will turn our analytical eye on THE FAREWELL and WRATH OF MAN.

As always: SPOILERS ABOUND

 Audio quotations used for educational purposes only. Timestamps indicated below. Chapter markers included in the mp3.

Thanks to Chris for editing this episodes.


CHAPTERS

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:01:36 – Choices vs Decisions
  • 00:19:51 – Booksmart
  • 01:01:41 – Decisions & Structure
  • 01:05:50 – Mills’ decision in Se7en
  • 01:07:50 – Key Learnings and Wrap Up

LINKS

RELATED EPISODES


This episode brought to you by ScriptUp – https://www.scriptupstudio.com – use promo code DZ10 to get 10% off.

Thanks to all our patrons, especially Thomas, Garrett, Bjorn, Randy, Jesse, Theis, Sandra, and Khrob.

Please considering rating or subscribing to us on Apple Podcasts or sharing us on the Social Medias! We like finding new listeners. We are @stuwillis and @chasffisher on twitter. And you can find @draft_zero on Instagram and Twitter.

DZ-83: A Very Thematic Stand-up Special!

What can screenwriters learn from the storytelling techniques used by stand-up comedians?

Standup comedians can keep audiences gripped to their every word for over an hour, and often bring them to emotional climaxes by the end. So how do they do it and what tools can apply to scripted narratives? 

For this deep dive into standup, Stu and Chas are joined by the super-talented comic and podcaster Alice Fraser. Which is rather fortuitous. Because not only are we schooled on comedy techniques, but because Alice also has a Masters in Narrative Rhetoric. 

So as we dive in to NANETTE by Hannah Gadsby, BABY COBRA by Ali Wong and IT’S THE FIREWORKS TALKING by Daniel Kitson (with more than a passing reference to Alice’s own show SAVAGE and INSIDE by Bo Burnham), we analyse narrative structure, transitions, set-ups and pay-offs used by stand-ups…

But we end up focusing on exploring thematic tools – particularly the Aristotelean concepts of the rhetorical triangle: logos (how the story is told), ethos (who the storyteller is), and pathos (how the audience emotionally engages). With these powers combined, storytellers of all kinds can produce work of thematic power and resonance. Or just funny. 

And in backmatter, we discuss adapting Savage for the recorded stage with Alice!

Enjoy!

Spoilers abound. Audio excerpts used for educational purposes.


CHAPTERS

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:03:25 – Alice Fraser on comedy
  • 00:22:33 – Comedy tools to be explored
  • 00:26:21 – Nanette by Hannah Gadsby
  • 00:48:47 – Transitions in and out of theme
  • 01:08:32 – Baby Cobra by Ali Wong
  • 01:37:57 – It’s the Fireworks Talking by Daniel Kitson
  • 02:04:45 – Key Learnings 
  • 02:14:39 – Backmatter – Adapting SAVAGE from stage to screen and screen again

LINKS

Alice Fraser – http://www.alicecomedyfraser.com  

Hannah Gadsby – Nanette:

Alice Wong – Baby Cobra:

Daniel Kitson – It’s The Fireworks Talking:

Bo Burnham – Inside:


This episode brought to you by ScriptUp – https://www.scriptupstudio.com – use promo code DZ10 to get 10% off.

Thanks to all our patrons, especially Thomas, Garrett, Bjorn, Randy, Jesse, Theis, Sandra, and Khrob.

Please considering rating or subscribing to us on Apple Podcasts or sharing us on the Social Medias! We like finding new listeners. We are @stuwillis and @chasffisher on twitter. And you can find @draft_zero on Instagram and Twitter.