DZ-42: One-Shot – Character Worldview & Macro POV

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-42.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadWhat screenwriting lessons can be we learn from SPLIT? In our first (and perhaps last) one-shot, we take a close look at the M. Night Shyamalan’s SPLIT. Rather than having one topic with many examples, we use the one example to look at many topics. Well, okay, a few […]

DZ-41: Theme and Worldview

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-41.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadHow can your characters’ worldview dramatise your theme? In this episode, Stu and Chas tackle one of the more esoteric topics in screenwriting (and writing in general): theme! To help us tackle this topic, we decided to look at television pilots, because we felt that television requires the […]

DZ-40: Tactics and Scenes

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-40.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHow do tactics make your characters and scenes more dynamic? In this episode, Stu and Chas turn their gaze to the “tactics” that characters use in scenes to get what they want. Tactics are how the characters try to achieve their goals and (we reckon) can be revealing of the essence of their […]

DZ-39: Backmatter – Hitting LA, Receiving Feedback, and a Roguish One

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-39.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadHow can writers make use of their time when hitting LA? In another backmatter-only episode, Stu & Chas zig-zag through a range of topics. We talk about Chas’ experience(s) hitting both Los Angeles and the Austin Film Festival, effective networking, career capital, the art of receiving feedback, and Stu’s harsh […]

DZ-38: Excelling at Exposition (Part 2)

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-38.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadHow can exposition twist your story in new directions? In the second part of Draft Zero’s two-part episode on “Exposition”, Stu & Chas take an even deeper look at this notoriously challenging part of screenwriting. For many stories there are pre-existing facts (or given circumstances) that need to be communicated to […]

DZ-37: Excelling at Exposition (Part 1)

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-37.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadHow can you successfully integrate exposition into your story? In Draft Zero’s first two part episode, Stu & Chas take an in-depth look at one of screenwriting’s most common challenges: EXPOSITION. For many stories there are pre-existing facts that need to be communicated to the audience — whether those […]

DZ-36: Backmatter – Time Risk and Fixing Movies

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-36.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHow can writers wisely invest their time in projects? In this “special”, backmatter-only episode, Stu & Chas take inspiration from Terry Rossio’s excellent article on TIME RISK and ice skate over a range of topics. We talk about time investment in projects, Stuart’s project Restoration, doing you down work first, […]

DZ-35: Driving Characters or Character Driven?

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-35_mix_v02.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHow can films maintain audience interest without stakes or plot questions? Continuing their focus on “character”, Stuart and Chas take a close look at films that may be considered character-driven… or rather character studies… or just plot-lite films? Whatever you call them, these films —CHEF, HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, and AMOUR — let their plots […]

DZ-34: Game of Choices – Decision Making and Character Implications

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-34.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHow does the experience of a character’s decision impact our feelings towards that character? After a spectacular end to Season 6 of GAME OF THRONES, Chas and Stu were struck by the very different portrayals of Sansa in Episode 9 – Battle of the Bastards and Cersei in Episode 10 […]

DZ-33: Protagonist vs Hero – Dawn of Character Function

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-33.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadHow does splitting ‘character functions’ enhance theme? We are often told that our ‘protagonist’ needs to be a active. That they need to be compelling. That they need to change. And – old faithful – that they need to be likeable. But after looking at MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, STAR TREK […]