Draft Zero: a screenwriting podcast
By Chas Fisher and Stuart Willis
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Two emerging screenwriters – Chas Fisher and Stuart Willis – try to work out what makes great screenplays work. Discovering what it takes by analysing what successful writers put on the page.
||ExplicitDZ-44: First Acts and Establishing Characters||DZ-44: First Acts and Establishing Characters||9/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-43: Driving Sequences - Character and Plot Intensity||What gives your sequences their intensity?||7/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-42: One-Shot - Character Worldview & Macro POV||What screenwriting lessons can be we learn from SPLIT?||4/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-41: Theme and Worldview||How can your characters' worldview dramatise your theme?||3/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-40: Tactics and Scenes||How do tactics make your characters and scenes more dynamic?||2/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-39: Backmatter - Hitting LA, Receiving Feedback, and a Roguish One||How can writers make use of their time when hitting LA?||1/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-38: Excelling at Exposition (Part 2)||How can exposition twist your story in new directions?||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-37: Excelling at Exposition (Part 1)||How can you successfully integrate exposition into your story?||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-36: Backmatter - Time Risk and Fixing Movies||How can writers wisely invest their time in projects?||10/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-35: Driving Characters or Character Driven?||How do great films maintain audience interest without stakes or plot questions?||10/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-34: Game of Choices - Decision Making and Character Implications||How does the audience experience of a character's decision impact our feelings towards that character?||8/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-33: Protagonist vs Hero - Dawn of Character Function||How does splitting 'character functions' enhance theme?||7/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-32: High-Tension Sequences||How can you recreate the feeling of cinematic high-tension on the page?||6/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-31: Tools for Better Dialogue||How does dialogue serve to reveal character?||4/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-30: Oscars revisited - Spotlight and Carol||What makes a script so compelling that it ends up with an Oscar nod?||2/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-29: Showdowns & Scene Structure||What can fight scenes - whether physical or verbal - teach us about structuring any scene?||1/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-28: Containing Your Script||How do you keep contained movies engaging?||12/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-27: Competing views on Screenplay Competitions||Can screenplay competitions be worth it?||11/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-26: Horror and Collaboration- Wolf Creek 2||How does a screenwriter collaborate with a director on an existing property?||10/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-25: Coincidences, Contrivances & Giant Eagles||How do screenwriters get away with using coincidences in their stories?||9/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-24: Forging story rules in TV pilots||Are your story rules in your pilot strong enough to play out over the life of your show?||8/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-23: LIVE - Starting A Career In Film And Television||Are you a filmmaker but not sure how to start your career?||7/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-22: Romantic Comedy, Actually||How can studying RomCom clichés teach us to subvert them?||6/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-21: Scene Transitions and the Hook||How can scene transitions do more than just move from one location to another?||5/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-20: Writing Strong Secondary Characters - Trinity, Bechdel and a Bamboo Killer||How can the Trinity Syndrome help you write better secondary characters?||4/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-19: Car-Crash Characters||How do you make unlikeable characters compelling to watch... in drama?||3/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-18: Michael Bay - F*ing the Frame and P*ing the Page||Are there screenwriting lessons to be taken from analysing the work of Michael f-ing Bay?||1/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-17: Where's my gold-plated ensuite?||When you're an emerging filmmaker, what are different ways to tackle a "career"?||1/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-16: Masters of Time and Whitespace||Does manipulating time on the page make your script feel more cinematic?||12/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-15: World Building Rules, Okay?||How does setting up rules help you build a world?||11/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-14: Writing For Actors & Old Underwear||How can we make our screenwriting more appealing to Actors?||10/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-13: True That - Tips from Tarantino||What is it about Tarantino's writing that elevates his work?||10/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-12: Craft, Career and Coffins||The Podcast You Used To Know||9/15/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-11: Clash of the MacGuffins!||Is the MacGuffin truly interchangable, and how does it impact on your character writing?||7/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-10: Midpoint Reversals and The Ride||How can the middle of your film pivot so much that it pulls the rug out of your audience?||7/7/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-09: Characterising Introductions||Can the introduction of a character be so good that the character doesn't need describing?||6/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-08: Status Transactions and the Power of Washing Machines||How does a shift in status or power reveal character?||6/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-07: On Rewriting - How much Bull is left in the Hustle?||What can be gleamed from the substantial rewrite of a famed spec?||5/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDZ-06: Key Scenes and Unlocking the Story||Can one scene be the key to unlocking the whole story?||5/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-05: Shifting audience point of view and heightened emotions||Can forcing your audience to ask questions - and then answering them - trigger an emotional response?||4/26/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-04: Catharsis and the Post-Coital Cigarette||How does the end of certain films make your soul shudder?||4/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-03: Making unlikeable protagonists compelling||How do you make obnoxious a-holes compelling?||3/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-02: Do the Screenplay Gurus score big at the Box Office?||Do the biggest original films of 2013 follow more archetypal - or formulaic - structures?||3/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDZ-01: Do Screenplay Gurus win you Oscars?||Do Oscar-Nominated screenwriters follow the structural formulas prescribed by the “gurus” and books?||3/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
Detailed and Thorough
This is one of the longer podcasts I subscribe to - which is great! Chas and Stu really go into a lot of detail in their analysis of the screenplays they delve into each week. They are knowledgeable screenwriters in their own right, as well as fun to listen to, and they clearly care deeply about the process and pitfalls of telling great screen stories. This is a very welcome addition to screenwriting podcasts such as the great Scriptnotes.
technical writing analysis with good vibes
The boys get very specific on screenwriting techniques, making for some fascinating listening, and reading if you choose to read the case study scripts they discuss.
Fun and Informative!
Quite an entreating and informative podcast. It's very interesting because you essentially get to tag along as two likable Aussies go on a journey of exploration into why some scripts work, and others don't. It feels like you're sitting in on a film club meeting, where everyone's seen a set of movies and is sitting down to discuss them afterwards.
Chas and Stuart make it a lot of fun and they seem to be genuinely enjoying the discussions they get into and that enthusiasm can be quite contagious.
I highly recommend this podcast!
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