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 […]