DZ-71: Treatments & Loglines – Development Tools

How can I develop my plot before writing the screenplay?

Stu and Chas are joined by fan-favourite, Stephen Cleary, to NOT look at what makes great screenplays work — but what makes great  “short documents” work.  We draw on Stephen Cleary’s wealth of experience in developing work with writers, as a producer, as a script editor and as a former head of development.

This recording turned especially epic and so we have divided it into three parts that can be listened to in any order.

Part I explores the short documents and tools you can use to develop your story’s PLOT before going to script, including the Premise, the Logline, various synopses, character documents, and – of course – the dreaded Treatment… But also looks at development tools that aren’t written like: script reads, mini-shoots and animatics.

Stay tuned for Part II which delves into documents that develop your story’s theme and then Part III where we look at how to write short documents differently when your objective isn’t story development but rather selling your idea/project.


RUNNING ORDER

  • 00:00:00 – Intro 
  • 00:13:32 – The writing gym 
  • 00:19:32 – Animatics & Script Readings 
  • 00:28:08 – Telling your story out loud 
  • 00:31:07 – Why Treatments suck 
  • 00:36:49 – The Premise 
  • 00:44:43 – Exploring WRITTEN short docs 
  • 01:04:29 – What about non-hero’s journey? 
  • 01:14:36 – Using short docs to keep going 
  • 01:21:04 – Back to the Premise 
  • 01:24:37 – Moving from Premise to Logline 
  • 01:25:33 – Stay tuned for Part 2! 

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DZ-70: Joker & Melodrama

How does Joker use melodramatic techniques to elevate its storytelling?

Draft Zero return with their next YouTube livestream! Stu and Chas take a deep dive into JOKER and analyse the film through the story paradigm of melodrama. Is it a melodrama? Why or why not does that matter? And does that influence how it has been written on the page?

They then answer listeners questions on JOKER and more.

If you want to listen in on the next live recording, find details here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/dz-livesolation-35770237 and/or subscribe to us on YouTube via http://www.draft-zero.com/YouTube

If you want to watch along instead of listen, you can watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/pcMKhzJ1LkM

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


RUNNING ORDER

  • 00:00:00 – Intro: Joker & Melodrama
  • 00:01:42 – What is Melodrama?
  • 00:16:47 – Why Joker?
  • 00:23:25 – Is Joker a Melodrama?
  • 00:24:40 – Father & Son
  • 00:28:00 – Penny Fleck’s confession
  • 00:41:30 – What is it like to be powerless?
  • 00:54:35 – Bathroom Dancing
  • 01:01:12 – The Joker Born
  • 01:15:04 – Arthur Stands Up
  • 01:28:42 – Listener Questions

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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.

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DZ-69: Parasite & Audience Questions

How can you use audience questions to heighten emotional investment?

Draft Zero return with their next YouTube livestream! Stu and Chas take a deep dive into PARASITE and how its mastery of audience questions elevates the film. They then answer listeners questions on PARASITE and much more.

If you want to listen in on the next live recording, find details here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/dz-livesolation-35770237 and/or subscribe to us on YouTube via http://www.draft-zero.com/YouTube

If you want to watch along instead of listen, you can watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/RWlYaityMfs

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


RUNNING ORDER:

  • 00:00:00 – Frontmatter
  • 00:01:22 – Intro: Parasite
  • 00:10:43 – Cast of Characters
  • 00:12:43 – The Establishing Sequence
  • 00:23:23 – The Kim’s Infiltrate
  • 00:42:50 – The Kim’s Stay at the Park House
  • 00:47:02 – The Midpoint
  • 00:53:19 – The Flood
  • 00:56:20 – The Party
  • 01:05:29 – What is the Parasite?
  • 01:10:30 – Backmatter & Listener Questioners

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Many thanks to all our patrons but particularly to Theis, Jesse, Jack, Chris, Khrob, Sandra, Nick, and Matteo. They’re good humans.

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.

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