DZ-59: Avengers Endgame & Ending Character Journeys

Do you want your audience feeling with or for your characters?  

One day, Chas saw Avengers: Endgame for the second time and wrote a review on Letterboxd. In particular, he had issues with how little he perceived the characters of Cap and Tony changed within the film, their big finale (spoiler). Then friend and patron of the podcast Julio vehemently disagreed in the comments. He was egged on by Stu. And there in the comments began a debate that looked a lot like an episode of Draft Zero. So we decided to make it one.

And what began as an exploration of how to dramatise character change swiftly became an exploration of how to position audience in relation to your characters. Do you want the audience empathising with the characters? Feeling what they are feeling in the moment? Or do you want your audience sympathising with your characters? Being rocked by surprise after the fact? Reminding your audience of their own personal relationship with the characters.

As always, spoiler-tastic.

RUNNING ORDER

  • CHAS’ LETTERBOXD REVIEW [@ 00:00:00]
  • HOW DOES THE SNAP AFFECT CAP & TONY? [@ 00:04:27]
  • HOW IS TONY’S JOURNEY DRAMATISED? [@ 00:08:31] 
  • WORKSHOPPING A MOMENT WHEN TONY RISKS IT ALL [@ 00:26:56] 
  • PROVING TONY HAS CHANGED SINCE IRON MAN [@ 00:35:13] 
  • HOW IS STEVE’S JOURNEY DRAMATISED? [@ 00:48:03] 
  • WHAT IF CAP CHOSE TO STAY IN THE PAST? [@ 00:54:49] 
  • KEY LEARNINGS [@ 01:02:43] 

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DZ-58: Game of Thrones – Character Exposition

How can you let your characters tell us how they feel?

In watching Season 7 (and the first three episodes of Season 8) of Game of Thrones, Stu noticed that there were lots of scenes where characters either met for the first time or were reunited after a long time apart. In these scenes, the audience knows (or thinks they know) more than either character. And so the fascination, power and subversion comes from what the characters choose to reveal… or not.

And yet… while we thought this episode would be an extension of our previous musings on exposition, in nearly every great scene we assessed, the characters basically said “screw talking about plot or backstory” and instead exposited about their character. How it feels to be them. How they have, or have not, changed. 

And so this episode unexpectedly but rewardingly pivoted to learnings on how to set up and sell character exposition.

As always: SPOILERS ABOUND and all copyright material used under fair use for educational purposes.

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DZ-57: Backmatter – Aesthetics and Forgiveness in Writing

How can you best articulate your ideas?

It is time (in fact, well past time) for our semi-annual #Backmatter episode. For the uninitiated, this is an episode where Stu and Chas discuss career and craft-related topics beyond what makes great screenplays work. To that end, Stu and Chas dive into: a five year review of Draft Zero and how it has changed their writing craft and process; a discussion on the aesthetics of writing; learnings for emerging writers in having their work produced; and finally forgiving yourself for not writing.

As always: an amazing thank you to out Patreons for supporting more Draft Zero more often, and in particular Patreon Chris Walker who edited this episode for us. 

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