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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.

Draft Zero: a screenwriting podcast Chas Fisher and Stuart Willis

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 38 Ratings

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.

    DZ-74: Midsommar & Folk Horror

    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.

    • 2 hrs 1 min
    DZ-73: Selling documents - Development Tools 3

    DZ-73: Selling documents - Development Tools 3

    In this final part from the epic recording on short documents, Stephen explores how we should craft the words on the page and structure these documents differently when they are to sell the project as opposed to develop the project. Something that Chas and Stu badly need to hear, learn and apply right now.

    • 39 min
    DZ-72: Theme & The Story Synopsis – Development Tools 2

    DZ-72: Theme & The Story Synopsis – Development Tools 2

    How can I develop my theme without writing script pages?

    Continuing our look at tools used in development, Chas & Stu are joined by Stephen Cleary to talk about Theme, The Thematic Logline and what Stephen calls The Story Synopsis. All are tools to help writers better understand their theme and how it is dramatised. We use the classic film WITNESS as an example, so spoilers abound.

    • 1 hr
    DZ-71: Treatments & Loglines - Development Tools

    DZ-71: Treatments & Loglines - Development Tools

    Stu and Chas are joined by fan-favourite, Stephen Cleary, to NOT look at what makes great screenplays work -- but what makes great "short documents" work. Part I explores the short documents and tools you can use to develop your story’s PLOT before going to script, including the Premise, the Logline, various synopses, character documents, and - of course - the dreaded Treatment…

    • 1 hr 26 min
    DZ-70: Joker & Melodrama

    DZ-70: Joker & Melodrama

    How does Joker use melodramatic techniques to elevate its storytelling?

    Draft Zero return with their next YouTube livestream! Stu and Chas take a deep dive into JOKER and analyse the film through the story paradigm of melodrama. Is it a melodrama? Why or why not does that matter? And does that influence how it has been written on the page?

    • 1 hr 36 min
    DZ-69: Parasite & Audience Questions

    DZ-69: Parasite & Audience Questions

    Draft Zero return with their next YouTube livestream! Stu and Chas take a deep dive into PARASITE and how its mastery of audience questions elevates the film. They then answer listeners questions on PARASITE and much more.

    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Sophie (Paris) ,

Godsend!

Thanks guys for making these past two months a lot more bearable. What a discovery! Favourite episodes as a beginner - 31 and 54.

MostiView ,

Great love it

I’m a late podie on here, been binge listening on your shows over past few weeks.. I’m a complete novice, but the podcast has me feeling confirmed in my current screen writing efforts. Though I’m choosing to live in denial around the difficulties of break into the industry ...

Thanks a million

Griff,AUS ,

Quality and quality

This is the best podcast of its kind. Outstanding work gents.

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