DZ-02: Do the Screenplay Gurus score big at the Box Office?

Array INT. EPISODE 2 – MORNING Do the biggest original films of 2013 follow more archetypal – or formulaic – structures? After analysing awards-nominated screenplays, Stu and Chas turn to the original screenplays that struck it biggest at the box office in 2013: GRAVITY and FROZEN. Do bigger films stick more closely to the archetypal […]

DZ-01: Do Screenplay Gurus win you Oscars?

Array INT. EPISODE 1 – NIGHT Do Oscar-Nominated screenwriters follow the structural formulas prescribed by the ‘gurus’ and books? Stu and Chas analyse two screenplays nominated for Academy Awards in 2014 – PHILOMENA and DALLAS BUYERS CLUB – to see whether they follow the structural theories espoused by Blake Snyder, Michael Hauge and Christopher Vogler. […]