DZ-72: Theme & The Story Synopsis – Development Tools 2

How can I develop my theme without writing script pages?

Continuing our look at tools used in development, Chas & Stu are joined by Stephen Cleary to talk about Theme, The Thematic Logline and what Stephen calls The Story Synopsis. All are tools to help writers better understand their theme and how it is dramatised. We use the classic film WITNESS as an example, so spoilers abound.

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

Thanks to Meegan May for reading the examples. Meegan May is an emerging queer screenwriter and former military intelligence analyst with plenty of award winning scripts and extensive experience in development. Look her up!


RUNNING ORDER

  • 00:00:00 – Intro: Theme in Development
  • 00:01:54 – The Story Synopsis
  • 00:04:19 – Plot & Theme / Praxis & Mythos
  • 00:11:12 – Back to the Story Synopsis
  • 00:13:45 – Witness
  • 00:16:09 – Thematic Logline
  • 00:17:00 – Using the Thematic Logline in development
  • 00:22:26 – Witness – 1st Act in Story Synopsis
  • 00:25:46 – Witness – 2nd Act in Story Synopsis
  • 00:28:55 – Characters, Plot & Theme
  • 00:30:27 – Witness – Book drops his facadé
  • 00:33:25 – Witness – 3rd Act in Story Synopsis
  • 00:40:49 – Witness – Complete Story Synopsis
  • 00:41:51 – Using the Story Synopsis in development
  • 00:48:04 – Rewriting using the Story Synopsis
  • 00:54:53 – Wrap Up

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DZ-71: Treatments & Loglines – Development Tools

How can I develop my plot before writing the screenplay?

Stu and Chas are joined by fan-favourite, Stephen Cleary, to NOT look at what makes great screenplays work — but what makes great  “short documents” work.  We draw on Stephen Cleary’s wealth of experience in developing work with writers, as a producer, as a script editor and as a former head of development.

This recording turned especially epic and so we have divided it into three parts that can be listened to in any order.

Part I explores the short documents and tools you can use to develop your story’s PLOT before going to script, including the Premise, the Logline, various synopses, character documents, and – of course – the dreaded Treatment… But also looks at development tools that aren’t written like: script reads, mini-shoots and animatics.

Stay tuned for Part II which delves into documents that develop your story’s theme and then Part III where we look at how to write short documents differently when your objective isn’t story development but rather selling your idea/project.


RUNNING ORDER

  • 00:00:00 – Intro 
  • 00:13:32 – The writing gym 
  • 00:19:32 – Animatics & Script Readings 
  • 00:28:08 – Telling your story out loud 
  • 00:31:07 – Why Treatments suck 
  • 00:36:49 – The Premise 
  • 00:44:43 – Exploring WRITTEN short docs 
  • 01:04:29 – What about non-hero’s journey? 
  • 01:14:36 – Using short docs to keep going 
  • 01:21:04 – Back to the Premise 
  • 01:24:37 – Moving from Premise to Logline 
  • 01:25:33 – Stay tuned for Part 2! 

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DZ-70: Joker & Melodrama

How does Joker use melodramatic techniques to elevate its storytelling?

Draft Zero return with their next YouTube livestream! Stu and Chas take a deep dive into JOKER and analyse the film through the story paradigm of melodrama. Is it a melodrama? Why or why not does that matter? And does that influence how it has been written on the page?

They then answer listeners questions on JOKER and 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/pcMKhzJ1LkM

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RUNNING ORDER

  • 00:00:00 – Intro: Joker & Melodrama
  • 00:01:42 – What is Melodrama?
  • 00:16:47 – Why Joker?
  • 00:23:25 – Is Joker a Melodrama?
  • 00:24:40 – Father & Son
  • 00:28:00 – Penny Fleck’s confession
  • 00:41:30 – What is it like to be powerless?
  • 00:54:35 – Bathroom Dancing
  • 01:01:12 – The Joker Born
  • 01:15:04 – Arthur Stands Up
  • 01:28:42 – Listener Questions

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