ORDER-66: The Mandalorian and The Rise of Skywalker – Audience Knowledge vs Character Motivation

How does audience knowledge affect your character’s motivations?

Chas and Stu are joined by special guest – filmmaker Mel Killingsworth – to talk all things Star Wars. Well. Focusing on The Mandalorian and The Rise of Skywalker and wherever else our tangents take us. 

Our primary lens is look at how both shows handle “fan service” — but really its about how you handle character motivations when your audience has more knowledge than your characters, especially knowledge from outside the show itself. To that end, we discuss the characters of Poe, Rey, Kylo, and Palpatine in depth. We also discuss the Watchmen TV Show, Mind-hunter, Jojo Rabbit, Snowtown and Zodiac.

SPOILERS ABOUND. Excerpts used for educational purposes. Thanks to Chris Walker for editing this episode.


RUNNING ORDER

  • Introduction: Fanservice
  • Poe’s Backstory (@ 4:03)
  • The Mandalorian (@ 11:40)
  • The Rise of Skywalker (@ 23:01)
  • Rey Palpatine (@ 24:24)
  • Palpatine’s Plan (@ 38:27)
  • Rey Skywalker (@ 46:05)
  • Ben Solo – Depressive Demon Nightmare Boy (@ 52:12)
  • Palpatine’s Return & Watchmen (@ 01:07:27)
  • Rose Tico (@ 01:15:54)
  • Fake-Outs (@ 01:19:15)
  • The Mandalorian (Revisited) (@ 1:26:08) 
  • Wrap Up & Key Learnings (@ 1:30:38)

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DZ-65: Collaborating with a Director – The Snip

This episode, Chas steps down as co-host (kinda) and is interviewed by Stu as a guest, alongside director Ben Mizzi, about the short rom-com that Chas wrote and Ben directed & produced. The episode covers taking an idea from pitch to screen, working with a director, directing performance on the page, and marketing and distribution strategies for short films.

If you are thinking of producing your own content, well worth a listen!

And if you want to watch The Snip – a 16 min rom com about a guy who gets a vasectomy without telling his wife – here it is: https://youtu.be/_iBdDFKqqbs

Thanks to Chris Walker for editing this episode.

RUNNING ORDER

  • Introduction: The Snip
  • Working With a Director (@ 3:44)
  • How did you go from pitch to script? (@ 13:16)
  • Short films and audience expectations (@ 22:19)
  • What expectations can you have of the end product? (@ 26:41)
  • How do you “direct” performance on the page? (@ 39:05)
  • How do you direct performance from a writer? (@ 46:03)
  • What are some marketing strategies for short films? ( @ 52:28)
  • What is your online release strategy? (@ 58:22)

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DZ-64: Backmatter – Controlling your Work, Treatments, and Writing Styles

What can and should you do next?

In our annual Backmatter-only episode, Stu and Chas indulge themselves by offering personal opinions on the life and work of emerging screenwriters based on their own personal experience.

To that end, they discuss: what is and is not in your control in relation to an emerging writing career; choosing what project to develop next; using the Black List site to gain traction; the difference between treatments for pitching as opposed to for development; and the difference in writing style when writing on spec as against work for hire.

We also unexpectedly have a guest: David Wappel kindly joins us to share his thoughts on anchoring nouns.

RUNNING ORDER

  • Intro
  • What is in your control? (@ 05:27)
  • Choosing what to develop (@ 28:58)
  • Using the Black List site (@ 33:24)
  • Treatments for development vs for pitching (@ 59:47)
  • Writing on spec vs work for hire (@ 01:23:23)
  • Backmatter on backmatter (@ 01:37:37)

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