DZ-41: Theme and Worldview

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-41.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadHow can your characters’ worldview dramatise your theme? In this episode, Stu and Chas tackle one of the more esoteric topics in screenwriting (and writing in general): theme! To help us tackle this topic, we decided to look at television pilots, because we felt that television requires the […]

DZ-40: Tactics and Scenes

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-40.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHow do tactics make your characters and scenes more dynamic? In this episode, Stu and Chas turn their gaze to the “tactics” that characters use in scenes to get what they want. Tactics are how the characters try to achieve their goals and (we reckon) can be revealing of the essence of their […]

DZ-34: Game of Choices – Decision Making and Character Implications

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-34.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHow does the experience of a character’s decision impact our feelings towards that character? After a spectacular end to Season 6 of GAME OF THRONES, Chas and Stu were struck by the very different portrayals of Sansa in Episode 9 – Battle of the Bastards and Cersei in Episode 10 […]

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-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. […]