DZ-35: Driving Characters or Character Driven?

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-35_mix_v02.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHow can films maintain audience interest without stakes or plot questions? Continuing their focus on “character”, Stuart and Chas take a close look at films that may be considered character-driven… or rather character studies… or just plot-lite films? Whatever you call them, these films —CHEF, HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, and AMOUR — let their plots […]

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-33: Protagonist vs Hero – Dawn of Character Function

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-33.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadHow does splitting ‘character functions’ enhance theme? We are often told that our ‘protagonist’ needs to be a active. That they need to be compelling. That they need to change. And – old faithful – that they need to be likeable. But after looking at MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, STAR TREK […]

DZ-32: High-Tension Sequences

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-32.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadHow can you recreate the feeling of cinematic high-tension on the page? Chas & Stu take a close look at sequences of high-tension – the ones that make you lean forward in fear, or jump backwards in terror. Without camera angles, lighting, music or sound, how can screenwriters can evoke those emotions […]

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-28: Containing Your Script

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-28.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadHow do you keep contained movies engaging? Contained Thrillers seem to be a genre that never goes out of fashion. But being contained is not just limited to thrillers. It’s a way of telling stories on a lower budget, regardless of genre. So – while allegedly easier to make […]

DZ-05: Shifting audience point of view and heightened emotions

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-05.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadINT. EPISODE 5 – MIDDAY Can forcing your audience to ask questions – and then answering them – trigger an emotional response? Stu and Chas delve into audience point of view – not character point of view! Does your audience know more, less or the same as your characters? […]