DZ-82: Dramatising Given Circumstances in Watchmen

In this final podcast release of last year’s run of LiveSoLation episodes, Chas and Stu are joined by Uber-geek Mel Killingsworth (who else?) in an epic exploration of how Dave Gibbons’ and Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel WATCHMEN is adapted differently in Zack Snyder’s 2009 film and Damon Lindelof’s 2019 HBO television show.

For this podcast release, we focus on a single craft tool: GIVEN CIRCUMSTANCES. Traditionally an acting tool, we look at how it is also a useful writing tool: how is your story world different to your audience’s lived world and how best to communicate that?

 In terms of WATCHMEN (as you will hear), there is so much given circumstances to convey — in terms of alternate history, superhero rules, political rules, character backstory, character worldview — that is done excellently in both the movie and the TV show that this becomes a masterclass in exposition.

We also touch on narrative structure and tone: how presenting the exact same information in a different order or through a different tonal lens can change how it lands for an audience. ie this diagram —

But this is explored much more fully in the very-visual companion YouTube videos. Subscribe to our YouTube to be notified when they’re released! http://www.draft-zero.com/youtube:

While this episode may not be for the feint of heart, we feel it is one of our best. Hope you do too. Quantity has a quality of its very own.

Spoilers abound. Audio excerpts used for educational purposes. Thanks to Chris for wrangling this into shape!


CHAPTERS

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:01:02 – Watching the Watchmen
  • 00:06:13 – Summaries
  • 00:17:07 – Given Circumstances
  • 00:38:39 – The Characters
  • 00:51:07 – Theme & Characters
  • 01:02:13 – Narrative Structure & Theme
  • 01:27:07 – Worldview
  • 01:33:47 – Dr Manhattan
  • 01:51:50 – Wrap Up

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DZ-81: Pitch Decks & Look Books – Development Tools 4

How do you make effective pitch decks and look books for your projects?

Chas and Stu are joined by writer/director/producer/multi-hyphenate Marc Furmie of Rezistor Studios to talk all things pitch decks and look books. Coming from an advertising and music video background, Marc shares his experience in putting together visual materials to pitch a project. We discuss the difference between pitch decks and lookbooks,  how they help you sell your projects, what buyers are looking for, television vs features, and how do we make yours better?

This is a podcast cutdown of the live stream that was done with Marc. So if you’d like to *see* what we are discussing, including a critique of a listener’s pitch deck, then check out our YouTube recording.

Thanks to Chris Walker for editing this episode.


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DZ-80: Interweaving Timelines 3 – Little Women

How can interweaving timelines elevate the emotional experience for the audience?

In our final part, part 3, of our Interweaving Timelines series, we — Chas, Stu & Mel — take a deep dive into Greta Gerwig’s 2019 adaptation of Little Women. In her adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s iconic novels, Greta chose to interweave the seperate timelines of Little Women and it’s sequel, Good Wives, to create a thematically and emotionally potent work. This differs from all the other adaptations, which have chosen to keep the chronological storytelling of the source material.

We compare Gerwig’s choices and their resulting effects with Gilliam Armstrong & Robin Swicord’s more faithful (and chronological) 1994 version. It’s almost like a scientific experiment!

Stay tuned! SPOILERS ABOUND!

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

Thanks to Chris Walker for editing this episode.


RUNNING ORDER

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:00:37 – ScriptUp Sponsorship
  • 00:02:00 – Little Women – 2019 vs 1994
  • 00:06:35 – 2019’s Interweaving Timelines
  • 00:15:29 – Summarising the plot points
  • 00:31:39 – Initial contrasts with chronological telling
  • 00:35:32 – Laurie’s Proposal
  • 00:54:10 – Amy and Laurie’s courtship
  • 01:03:34 – Beth’s Death
  • 01:26:44 – Book burning and ice skating
  • 01:36:51 – How the structure expresses theme
  • 01:44:06 – Key Learnings and Wrap Up
  • 01:59:02 – Backmatter

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Many thanks to all our patrons but particularly to Randy, Garrett, Bjorn, Jessie, Khrob, and Sandra. They’re good humans.

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.