DZ-32: High-Tension Sequences

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-32.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadHow can you recreate the feeling of cinematic high-tension on the page? Chas & Stu take a close look at sequences of high-tension – the ones that make you lean forward in fear, or jump backwards in terror. Without camera angles, lighting, music or sound, how can screenwriters can evoke those emotions […]

DZ-31: Tools for Better Dialogue

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-31.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadHow does dialogue serve to reveal character? Chas & Stu are joined once again by the renowned script developer and producer, Stephen Cleary. In the first part of our series on writing better dialogue (there will be more!), we take a close look at how dialogue serves character: […]

DZ-30: Oscars revisited – Spotlight and Carol

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-30.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadWhat makes a script so compelling that it ends up with an Oscar nod? This week, Stu and Chas return to their first ever episode by tackling two Oscar-nominated screenplays. But this time – instead of exploring the rigid structures laid down by gurus – they use it as […]

DZ-29: Showdowns & Scene Structure

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-29.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadWhat can fight scenes – whether physical or verbal – teach us about structuring any scene? In exploring how to write good fight scenes, Stu and Chas compare how writers structure memorable showdowns – both verbal and physical. Fights vs arguments. Swords vs insults. Lightsabres vs passive aggressive subtext. […]

DZ-28: Containing Your Script

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-28.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadHow do you keep contained movies engaging? Contained Thrillers seem to be a genre that never goes out of fashion. But being contained is not just limited to thrillers. It’s a way of telling stories on a lower budget, regardless of genre. So – while allegedly easier to make […]

DZ-27: Competing views on Screenplay Competitions

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-27.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadCan screenplay competitions be worth it? After being repeatedly asked by listeners for thoughts on screenplay competitions, Stu and Chas go full back matter for this special episode. They tackle the question – do comps just feeding the hope machine or are they a valid investment? – in their […]

DZ-26: Horror and Collaboration- Wolf Creek 2

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-26.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHow does a screenwriter collaborate with a director on an existing property? In this halloween special, Chas (sans Stu) is joined by a very special guest… Aaron Sterns the co-writer of WOLF CREEK 2 — the big budget sequel to the infamous WOLF CREEK, also directed by Greg McLean. Chas […]

DZ-25: Coincidences, Contrivances & Giant Eagles

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/dz-25.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHow do screenwriters get away with using coincidences in their stories? Remember that time in THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS when Bruce suddenly – magically – returned to Gotham, and you were like “WTF?!”  Well, it turns out that many of the best films have moments that are just as […]

DZ-24: Forging story rules in TV pilots

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-24.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadAre your story rules in your pilot strong enough to play out over the life of your show? Stu and Chas move away from the world of features and dive into the Pilot Episodes of some (New) Golden Age Television: THE SHIELD, THE WIRE, BREAKING BAD, and MAD MEN. […]

DZ-23: LIVE – Starting A Career In Film And Television

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-23.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadAre you a filmmaker but not sure how to start your career? Draft Zero was invited to moderate a panel as part of the 2015 St Kilda Film Festival. In our very first live episode, we are joined by TV Writer Mithila Gupta (Winners and Losers), Director Corrie Chen (Reg […]