DZ-39: Backmatter – Hitting LA, Receiving Feedback, and a Roguish One

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-39.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadHow can writers make use of their time when hitting LA? In another backmatter-only episode, Stu & Chas zig-zag through a range of topics. We talk about Chas’ experience(s) hitting both Los Angeles and the Austin Film Festival, effective networking, career capital, the art of receiving feedback, and Stu’s harsh […]

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-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-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-06: Key Scenes and Unlocking the Story

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-06__Key_Scenes_and_Unlocking_the_Story.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadINT. EPISODE 6 – NIGHT Can one scene be the key to unlocking the whole story? Stu and Chas are joined once again by the inestimable Stephen Cleary to explore his idea of ‘key scenes’. Scenes like the diner scene in HEAT. Or the boardroom showdown in MARGIN CALL. These scenes are […]