DZ-37: Excelling at Exposition (Part 1)

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-37.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadHow can you successfully integrate exposition into your story? In Draft Zero’s first two part episode, Stu & Chas take an in-depth look at one of screenwriting’s most common challenges: EXPOSITION. For many stories there are pre-existing facts that need to be communicated to the audience — whether those […]

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-19: Car-Crash Characters

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-19.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadHow do you make unlikeable characters compelling to watch… in drama? Stu and Chas revisit a topic from a year ago: how do screenwriters make unlikeable characters compelling? This time, we turn our focus to dramas and analyse how AMERICAN HISTORY X, YOUNG ADULT, NIGHTCRAWLER all make their a**hole protagonists compelling to watch. We expand our […]

DZ-15: World Building Rules, Okay?

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-15.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadHow does setting up rules help you build a world? In our most epic/longest episode yet, Chas and Stu tackle world building in films. Specifically, how the rules make something a world and not just a setting. Starting with world-centric genres like sci-fi and fantasy, we also cover horror, crime drama and – […]

DZ-14: Writing For Actors & Old Underwear

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-14.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadHow can we make our screenwriting more appealing to Actors? In this episode, Chas and Stu are joined by a very special guest, SARAH SNOOK – star of Predestination, Jessabelle, and Oddball, amongst many others – to discuss ACTING and it’s relationship with WRITING. We focus our analysis on […]

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? […]

DZ-04: Catharsis and the Post-Coital Cigarette

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-04.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadINT. EPISODE 4 – AFTERNOON How does the end of certain films make your soul shudder? Stu and Chas are joined by their first guest – illustrious script developer and producer Stephen Cleary – to explore how certain films can trigger an outpouring of emotion from the audience. Turns […]

DZ-03: Making unlikeable protagonists compelling

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-03.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadINT. EPISODE 3 – MIDDAY How do you make obnoxious a-holes compelling? Stu and Chas delve into unlikable protagonists in comedy. How do filmmakers keep us watching characters who should alienate us? To answer this question, Stu and Chas look at the first 20 pages of HOT FUZZ, AS […]