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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
    • 4.8 • 17 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-79: Interweaving Timelines 2 - The Social Network

    DZ-79: Interweaving Timelines 2 - The Social Network

    In Part 2 of Interweaving Timelines, DZ tackle The Social Network. We analyse Sorkin’s on-the-page skill with time jumps, managing intercutting and introducing characters - as well as explore how the flash-forward technique manages the absence of stakes (i.e. we know Facebook exists) and creates a different emotional experience to the flashbacks of Destroyer. Finally, we look at how the interweaving timelines change how the audience feel about Mark Zuckerberg (as portrayed in this film).

    • 1 hr 37 min
    DZ-78: Interweaving Timelines 1 - Destroyer

    DZ-78: Interweaving Timelines 1 - Destroyer

    Stu and Chas are joined by Mel Killingsworth to dissect interweaving timelines. Not anthology films. Not Cloud Atlas. But films where two plot lines featuring the same characters, but from different timelines, are woven together. How do you manage stakes when you know a character’s future? What questions does this prompt in the viewer? And how the hell do you orient the reader?

    • 1 hr 42 min
    DZ-77: Backmatter - Prioritising and choosing projects

    DZ-77: Backmatter - Prioritising and choosing projects

    In this particular Backmatter entry, Stu & Chas wax lyrical on [deep breath]: character journeys, hyperlink cinema, keeping genre fresh, beginning a new co-writing relationship, managing multiple projects, choosing your next project, and - naturally - Star Wars. SPOILERS ABOUND, particularly for The Mandalorian Season 2 and Ready or Not.

    • 1 hr 36 min
    DZ-76: Spotlight on Sofia Coppola

    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.

    • 1 hr 54 min
    DZ-75: Fury Road & Visual Storytelling

    DZ-75: Fury Road & Visual Storytelling

    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!”).

    • 1 hr 9 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

mirrorbren ,

Two legends lift the hood on screenwriting

This podcast has it all, Chaz and Stu are excellent hosts deep diving into the world of screenwriting and story theory. Their comments and arguments are insightful, well researched and sharp. Long episodes feel short and you’re going to wish there was many more after you smash through their current ouevre.

Watch out for some exceptional episodes that feature Stephen Cleary. Where did they find this mad wizard of untapped wisdom and clarity? It’s obvious that Chaz and Stu only get the best out of their guests but just as much as when there is only the two of them. This is what people who love film sound like. Amazing stuff. A hidden gem.

Thanks lads!

ARH1777 ,

Insightful

Welcome to draft zero the podcast where you learn things about screenwriting that William Goldman Blake Snyder and Robert Mckee couldn’t teach you.

It’s essential. Thank you for taking the time to do it.

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