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-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-12: Craft, Career and Coffins

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-12.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s the The Podcast You Used To Know…. After a short hiatus, DRAFT ZERO is back! Well, half of us is… Chas (sans Stu) is joined by a very special guest – Natasha Pincus. As a screenwriter, Tash’s feature CLIVE was on the 2012 Black List. As a director, her music video for […]

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-02: Do the Screenplay Gurus score big at the Box Office?

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-02.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadINT. EPISODE 2 – MORNING Do the biggest original films of 2013 follow more archetypal – or formulaic – structures? After analysing awards-nominated screenplays, Stu and Chas turn to the original screenplays that struck it biggest at the box office in 2013: GRAVITY and FROZEN. Do bigger films stick […]