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-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-29: Showdowns & Scene Structure

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-29.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadWhat can fight scenes – whether physical or verbal – teach us about structuring any scene? In exploring how to write good fight scenes, Stu and Chas compare how writers structure memorable showdowns – both verbal and physical. Fights vs arguments. Swords vs insults. Lightsabres vs passive aggressive subtext. […]

DZ-27: Competing views on Screenplay Competitions

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-27.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadCan screenplay competitions be worth it? After being repeatedly asked by listeners for thoughts on screenplay competitions, Stu and Chas go full back matter for this special episode. They tackle the question – do comps just feeding the hope machine or are they a valid investment? – in their […]

DZ-25: Coincidences, Contrivances & Giant Eagles

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/dz-25.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHow do screenwriters get away with using coincidences in their stories? Remember that time in THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS when Bruce suddenly – magically – returned to Gotham, and you were like “WTF?!”  Well, it turns out that many of the best films have moments that are just as […]

DZ-18: Michael Bay – F*ing the Frame and P*ing the Page

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-18.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadAre there screenwriting lessons to be taken from analysing the work of Michael f-ing Bay? Of course there are. How could there not be? After all, Michael Bay is the 3rd highest grossing director at the worldwide box office… of all time. Behind, y’know, Spielberg and stuff. How […]

DZ-10: Midpoint Reversals and The Ride

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-10.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadHow can the middle of your film pivot so much that it pulls the rug out of your audience? Stu and Chas embark on the first of a series of explorations into the dreaded Second Act. Their first stop is midpoint reversals or shifts, a plot point bang in […]

DZ-09: Characterising Introductions

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-09.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCan the introduction of a character be so good that the character doesn’t need describing? Stu and Chas argue about different techniques for introducing characters and whether character descriptions are even necessary. This is important for writers, as we only have words to compensate for the whole range of cinematic […]

DZ-07: On Rewriting – How much Bull is left in the Hustle?

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-07.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat can be gleamed from the substantial rewrite of a famed spec? Stu and Chas look at AMERICAN BULLSHIT (the 2010 Black List spec script by Eric Warren Singer) and the film it became… AMERICAN HUSTLE (co-written and directed by David O’Russell), which garnered 10 Oscar nominations in 2014. With […]