DZ-76: Spotlight on Sofia Coppola

What can we learn from Sofia Coppola’s on-the-page skills over her career?

Following the success of the Tips from Tarantino episode, we have again decided to look at three different scripts from over the course of a long screenwriting career from a single writer to see what we can learn. Our beloved patreons not only selected Sofia Coppola as said writer, but also selected the scripts to analyse: LOST IN TRANSLATION, THE BLING RING and THE BEGUILED.

Stu and Chas are joined by repeat Draft Zero offender Melanie Killingsworth and are surprised to find that Coppola does not often write the tone or experience of her films into her scripts (given how specific her tone is and how unique the experiences of her films are). Instead, we are treated to a masterclass in writing character performance on the page – actor catnip, if you will – as well as Coppola’s insightful use of white space.

You can also watch the complete live stream on YouTube.

As always: SPOILERS ABOUND.

Audio quotations used for educational purposes only. Timestamps indicated below. Chapter markers included in the mp3.

Thanks to Chris Walker for editing this episode, and to Carissa Lee for reading the script excerpts.


RUNNING ORDER

  • 00:00:00 – Intro
  • 00:02:12 – Sofia Coppola & Writing to Direct
  • 00:13:49 – Lost in Translation
  • 00:54:07 – The Bling Ring
  • 01:18:24 – The Beguiled
  • 01:34:53 – Wrap Up & Key Learnings
  • 01:45:28 – Backmatter: Cultural Portray in Lost in Translation

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DZ-75: Fury Road & Visual Storytelling

How can you do powerful storytelling… without dialogue?

Stu and Chas are joined by filmmaker, podcaster and writer Matthew Brown to deep dive into FURY ROAD and its astounding visual storytelling, both on the page and on screen. We talk about setups and payoffs, given circumstances, image systems, environmental storytelling, and how the relationship between Furiosa and Max is built over the course of the story with very little dialogue (besides Tom Hardy’s grunts and the odd bellow of “MEDIOCRE!”).

You can also watch the complete live stream on YouTube or just the breakdown of the Furiosa/Max fight (which isn’t in the podcast) here.

As always: SPOILERS ABOUND

Audio quotations used for educational purposes only. Timestamps indicated below. Chapter markers included in the mp3.


RUNNING ORDER

  • 00:00:00 Intro: Fury Road & Visual Storytelling
  • 00:01:07 Why Fury Road?
  • 00:06:17 World Building & Given Circumstances
  • 00:23:19 World Building & Plot Points
  • 00:30:50 Setups & Payoffs
  • 00:35:03 Who is the Protagonist?
  • 00:35:08 Max & Furiosa’s Arc
  • 01:00:44 Stray Observations
  • 01:05:28 Wrap Up

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DZ-74: Midsommar & Folk Horror

What can we learn from folk horror?

Draft Zero return with their next YouTube livestream! Stu and Chas are joined by previous guest (and successful screenwriter) C.S. McMullen for a deep dive into MIDSOMMAR! We analyse the film through the lens of Folk Horror, but tackle broader topics such as horror vs dread, rising tension, transgressions, unfilmables, and portraying toxic relationships.

You can also watch the recorded live stream on YouTube.

As always: SPOILERS ABOUND

Audio quotations used for educational purposes only. Timestamps indicated below. Chapter markers included in the mp3.


RUNNING ORDER

  • 00:00:00 Intro: Misommar & Folk Horror
  • 00:00:15 Why Midsommar?
  • 00:03:54 What makes horror “folk”?
  • 00:18:20 The First Ritual
  • 00:32:17 Transgressions
  • 01:07:32 Grief & The Ending
  • 01:23:18 The May Queen
  • 01:40:04 Wrap Up & An Exercise

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Many thanks to all our patrons but particularly to Stuart, Jack, Chris, Khrob, and Sandra. They’re good humans.

Please considering rating or subscribing to us on Apple Podcasts or sharing us on the Social Medias! We like finding new listeners. We are @stuwillis and @chasffisher on twitter. And you can find @draft_zero on Instagram and Twitter.

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