DZ-40: Tactics and Scenes

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-40.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHow do tactics make your characters and scenes more dynamic? In this episode, Stu and Chas turn their gaze to the “tactics” that characters use in scenes to get what they want. Tactics are how the characters try to achieve their goals and (we reckon) can be revealing of the essence of their […]

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-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-13: True That – Tips from Tarantino

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-13.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat is it about Tarantino’s writing that elevates his work? Chapter 1: Of Milk and Men Tarantino is widely heralded as one of the great writer/directors. Yet new writers are advised to avoid emulating Tarantino because his voice is so strong. Only Tarantino can get away with being Tarantino. Or so […]

DZ-08: Status Transactions and the Power of Washing Machines

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-08.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadHow does a shift in status or power reveal character? Stu and Chas explore an idea they both came across studying theatre: status and by extension (or juxtaposition) power. Is a story where a character changes status or experiences loss (or gains) in power more compelling? In order to explore […]