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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DZ-68: Using POV to structure KNIVES OUT

How can shifting narrative point of view drive your sequences?

Born out of isolation madness, this episode is an edited version of Draft Zero’s first YouTube livestream. Stu and Chas both watched KNIVES OUT and – together with our listeners – broke down each sequence and turning point by reference to what the audience knows in relation to the characters (aka narrative point of view).  hey then answer listener questions on KNIVES OUT and much else besides live on air. 

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, the video of the episode can be found here:  https://youtu.be/EsqoCVu-oX8?t=188

As always: SPOILERS ABOUND

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


RUNNING ORDER:

  • 00:05:19:23 – Summary of narrative point of view and audience expectations
  • 00:10:12:23 – Exploring some of Rian Johnson’s word craft
  • 00:14:15:11 – Micro POV shifts in the interview montage
  • 00:21:16:22 – How POV shifts turn the film
  • 00:47:22:02 – When to let your foot off the plot gas
  • 00:59:46:20 – Backmatter / 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-67: Writing “Passive” Protagonists & Melodrama

How do I tell a powerful story where the protagonist cannot drive the plot?

Stu and Chas are joined by Stephen Cleary following his exploration into Melodrama, and together they try to reclaim the word from its pejorative meaning.

By examining powerful Melodramas – like THE HANDMAID’S TALE, LADIES IN BLACK and STRANGER THINGS… with many a tangent on MARRIAGE STORY, PETE’S DRAGON, MILDRED PIERCE, GAME OF THRONES, LOST, THE JOKER, THE KILLING, THE WITCHER, war movies and survival films – the three hosts try to unpick what makes Melodrama an alternate story paradigm to the Hero’s Journey.

They delve into how Melodramas centre on characters that don’t have agency; where the plot happens to characters (as opposed to being driven by them); how Melodramas don’t end so much as close; and how all of the above delves into character questions more deeply than the Hero’s Journey. And to wrap it all up, the kind of techniques you use on the page to write effective melodramas.

CW: There is a lot of discussion in this episode about melodrama being associated with “women’s stories” vs the “hero’s journey” – which is biased towards a ‘masculine’ mode of storytelling – and we fully acknowledge in the show and here that we are three cismen talking about these things.  

This episode was edited by Christopher Walker. Audio excerpts used for educational purposes only.

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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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