70 episodes

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, 73 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-68: One-Shot - Using POV to structure KNIVES OUT

    DZ-68: One-Shot - Using POV to structure KNIVES OUT

    How can shifting narrative point of view drive your sequences?

    Born out of isolation madness, this episode is an edited version of Draft Zero’s first YouTube livestream. Stu and Chas both watched KNIVES OUT and - together with our listeners - broke down each sequence and turning point by reference to what the audience knows in relation to the characters (aka narrative point of view).  hey then answer listener questions on KNIVES OUT and much else besides live on air.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    DZ-67: Writing “Passive” Protagonists & Melodrama

    DZ-67: Writing “Passive” Protagonists & Melodrama

    Stu and Chas are joined by Stephen Cleary following his exploration into Melodrama, and together they try to reclaim the word from its pejorative meaning.

    By examining powerful Melodramas (with many tangents) the three hosts try to unpick what makes Melodrama an alternate story paradigm to the Hero’s Journey.

    • 2 hr 58 min
    DZ LiVEsolation Annoucement

    DZ LiVEsolation Annoucement

    We hope you are all staying healthy and safe. Due this difficult time of lockdown, Chas and Stu have decided to “regularly” do special live-streamed episodes (via YouTube Live) of Draft Zero that we are calling LiVEsolation.

    After they’re streamed, recordings of the livestreams (including the chat!) will be on our YouTube channel for later viewing.

    We recommend you like our facebook page to keep up to date with our schedule and subscribe to us on YouTube to see all the videos.

    • 5 min
    DZ-66: The Mandalorian and The Rise of Skywalker - Audience Knowledge vs Character Motivation

    DZ-66: The Mandalorian and The Rise of Skywalker - Audience Knowledge vs Character Motivation

    Chas and Stu are joined by special guest - filmmaker Mel Killingsworth - to talk all things Star Wars. Well… focusing on The Mandalorian and The Rise of Skywalker and wherever else our tangents take us.

    Our primary lens is look at how both shows handle “fan service” — but really its about how you handle character motivations when your audience has more knowledge than your characters, especially knowledge from outside the show itself.

    • 1 hr 45 min
    DZ-65: Collaborating with a Director - The Snip

    DZ-65: Collaborating with a Director - The Snip

    This episode, Chas steps down as co-host (kinda) and is interviewed by Stu as a guest, alongside director Ben Mizzi, about the short rom-com that Chas wrote and Ben directed & produced. The episode covers taking an idea from pitch to screen, working with a director, directing performance on the page, and marketing and distribution strategies for short films.

    If you are thinking of producing your own content, well worth a listen!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    DZ-64: Backmatter - Controlling your Work, Treatments, and Writing Styles

    DZ-64: Backmatter - Controlling your Work, Treatments, and Writing Styles

    Stu and Chas indulge themselves by offering personal opinions based on their own personal experience. To that end, they discuss: what is and is not in your control in relation to an emerging writing career; choosing what project to develop next; using the Black List site to gain traction; the difference between treatments for pitching as opposed to for development; the difference in writing style when writing on spec as against work for hire; and guest David Wappel shares his thoughts on anchoring nouns.

    • 1 hr 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

Jed O'Neill ,

Talking too fast

Talk way to fast. I’ve never heard people talk this fast. It’s like fast forwarded or something. Crazy annoying.

Djmikamika1 ,

Awesome!

These guys present a great source of writing knowledge in a fun way. Their Steve Irwin accents add a little icing on top.

S_Kinig ,

Love

The Lebron James of film podcasts. informative, detailed and a fun listen. Love their insights and analysis.

Waiting on a murder/ mystery / who done it episode. ( structure, development ) Winters Bone / Gone Girl / Mystic River / Gone Baby Gone

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