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-31: Tools for Better Dialogue

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-31.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadHow does dialogue serve to reveal character? Chas & Stu are joined once again by the renowned script developer and producer, Stephen Cleary. In the first part of our series on writing better dialogue (there will be more!), we take a close look at how dialogue serves character: […]

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-21: Scene Transitions and the Hook

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-21.mp3Podcast (mp3): Play in new window | DownloadHow can scene transitions do more than just move from one location to another? Stu and Chas look at one of the basic building blocks of a script: scene transitions. Transitions don’t just move you from one scene to another in a slick way, they can help you compress time, […]

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 […]

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 […]

DZ-04: Catharsis and the Post-Coital Cigarette

http://traffic.libsyn.com/draftzero/DZ-04.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadINT. EPISODE 4 – AFTERNOON How does the end of certain films make your soul shudder? Stu and Chas are joined by their first guest – illustrious script developer and producer Stephen Cleary – to explore how certain films can trigger an outpouring of emotion from the audience. Turns […]