DZ-78: Interweaving Timelines 1 – Destroyer

How does interweaving two timelines change how the audience feel?

Stu and Chas are joined by Mel Killingsworth to dissect interweaving timelines. Not anthology films. Not Cloud Atlas. But films where two plot lines featuring the same characters, but from different timelines, are woven together.

How do you manage stakes when you know a character’s future? What questions does this prompt in the viewer? And how the hell do you orient the reader?

To answer these questions, it will take three episodes. In this Part 1, our intrepid team (and Mel’s 42 pages of homework) tackle the 2018 film DESTROYER directed by Karen Kusama, written by Hay & Manfredi and starring Nicole Kidman.

Meanwhile, Part 2 will cover THE SOCIAL NETWORK and Part 3 will compare the 1994 Gillian Armstrong version with 2019 Greta Gerwig version of LITTLE WOMEN. Whew.

Stay tuned! SPOILERS ABOUND!

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

Thanks to Chris Walker for editing this episode.


RUNNING ORDER

  • 00:00:10 Intro
  • 00:01:46 Interweaving Timelines?
  • 00:14:54 Destroyer & Timelines
  • 00:35:28 Indicating Timelines
  • 00:39:21 Ordering the Key Events
  • 00:51:50 Theme & Timelines
  • 01:06:44 Questions prompted by the ending
  • 01:20:58 Key Learnings & Wrap Up
  • 01:37:37 Backmatter

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DZ-77: Backmatter – Prioritising and choosing projects

How do you choose which project to start next?

In their now-annual full backmatter episode, Stu and Chas let their hair down, drop the guise of objectivity, and allow themselves to have an even more subjective opinion about writing and the business of writing.

In this particular Backmatter entry, they wax lyrical on [deep breath]: character journeys, hyperlink cinema, keeping genre fresh, beginning a new co-writing relationship, managing multiple projects, choosing your next project, and – naturally – Star Wars.

SPOILERS ABOUND, particularly for The Mandalorian Season 2 and Ready or Not.

Thanks to Chris Walker for editing this episode.


RUNNING ORDER

  • 00:00:00 – Intro
  • 00:02:55 – DZ update
  • 00:11:18 – Mooting future topics
  • 00:39:51  – Questions to ask of a new co-writing relationship
  • 00:49:56 – Why is pressure different to stakes and obstacles?
  • 00:55:22 – How to manage multiple projects?
  • 01:07:08 – How to pick your next project?
  • 01:19:54 – The Mandalorian Season 2

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DZ-76: Spotlight on Sofia Coppola

What can we learn from Sofia Coppola’s on-the-page skills over her career?

Following the success of the Tips from Tarantino episode, we have again decided to look at three different scripts from over the course of a long screenwriting career from a single writer to see what we can learn. Our beloved patreons not only selected Sofia Coppola as said writer, but also selected the scripts to analyse: LOST IN TRANSLATION, THE BLING RING and THE BEGUILED.

Stu and Chas are joined by repeat Draft Zero offender Melanie Killingsworth and are surprised to find that Coppola does not often write the tone or experience of her films into her scripts (given how specific her tone is and how unique the experiences of her films are). Instead, we are treated to a masterclass in writing character performance on the page – actor catnip, if you will – as well as Coppola’s insightful use of white space.

You can also watch the complete live stream on YouTube.

As always: SPOILERS ABOUND.

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

Thanks to Chris Walker for editing this episode, and to Carissa Lee for reading the script excerpts.


RUNNING ORDER

  • 00:00:00 – Intro
  • 00:02:12 – Sofia Coppola & Writing to Direct
  • 00:13:49 – Lost in Translation
  • 00:54:07 – The Bling Ring
  • 01:18:24 – The Beguiled
  • 01:34:53 – Wrap Up & Key Learnings
  • 01:45:28 – Backmatter: Cultural Portray in Lost in Translation

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

Many thanks to all our patrons but particularly to Randy, Bjorn, Jack, Khrob, and Sandra. 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.