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Draft Zero: a screenwriting podcast

Chas Fisher and Stuart Willis

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Draft Zero: a screenwriting podcast

Draft Zero: a screenwriting podcast

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.

Latest Episodes

DZ-68: One-Shot - Using POV to structure Knives Out

EHow 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.

92 MIN2 w ago
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DZ-68: One-Shot - Using POV to structure Knives Out

DZ-67: Writing “Passive” Protagonists & Melodrama

EStu 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.

178 MINAPR 30
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DZ-67: Writing “Passive” Protagonists & Melodrama

DZ LiVEsolation Annoucement

EWe 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 MINAPR 7
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DZ LiVEsolation Annoucement

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

EChas 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.

105 MINMAR 17
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DZ-66: The Mandalorian and The Rise of Skywalker - Audience Knowledge vs Character Motivation

DZ-65: Collaborating with a Director - The Snip

EThis 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!

63 MINFEB 14
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DZ-65: Collaborating with a Director - The Snip

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

EStu 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.

102 MINJAN 30
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DZ-64: Backmatter - Controlling your Work, Treatments, and Writing Styles

DZ-63: Tools for Better Dialogue (Part 2) - Hook and Eye

EStu and Chas have kidnapped Stephen Cleary to once again develop some craft tools around dialogue. In Part 2 of this series, we analyse key scenes from films and TV shows famous for their dialogue, namely FLEABAG (Season 2, Episode 5), JUNO and DEADWOOD (The Pilot). The biggest tools we explore are: the hook and eye; how dialogue can reveal status and empathy; rhythm; contrast and affinity; and pacing.

118 MIN2019 DEC 31
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DZ-63: Tools for Better Dialogue (Part 2) - Hook and Eye

DZ-62: Unfilmables and Unscriptables (Part 3) - As Ifs & Emotional context

EIn this final part of our series on unfilmables, Chas and Stu turn their critical eye to... each other’s work! They take their key learnings from the previous ep and apply them to rewriting scenes from their own projects. They discuss metaphors, emotional context, and how you can write tone on the page without resorting to unfilmables. They are also joined by Carissa Lee to discuss her perspective as an actor on the scripts we’ve been reading; and they answer listener questions about unfilmables.

137 MIN2019 DEC 2
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DZ-62: Unfilmables and Unscriptables (Part 3) - As Ifs & Emotional context

DZ-61: Unfilmables and Unscriptables (Part 2) - Moments of Awe

EChas and Stu continue their deep dive into how writing the “unfilmable” can enhance your script. Rather than looking at micro moments, they turn their gaze to ‘moments of awe’ — those often breathtaking cinematic moments that feel beyond writing.But are those scenes actually unscriptable? In this episode we look at sequences from YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE, SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER, THE INVITATION, and MOONLIGHT.

125 MIN2019 SEP 25
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DZ-61: Unfilmables and Unscriptables (Part 2) - Moments of Awe

DZ-60 Unfilmables and Unscriptables (Part 1) - Engaging imagination

EIn this episode, Chas and Stu deep dive into the controversial area of “unfilmables” — those alleged screenwriting sins, where a writer writes a line that (apparently) cannot be seen or heard. But many produced spec scripts use unfilmables to great effect. So how and why do they “get away with it”?

145 MIN2019 AUG 7
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DZ-60 Unfilmables and Unscriptables (Part 1) - Engaging imagination

Latest Episodes

DZ-68: One-Shot - Using POV to structure Knives Out

EHow 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.

92 MIN2 w ago
Comments
DZ-68: One-Shot - Using POV to structure Knives Out

DZ-67: Writing “Passive” Protagonists & Melodrama

EStu 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.

178 MINAPR 30
Comments
DZ-67: Writing “Passive” Protagonists & Melodrama

DZ LiVEsolation Annoucement

EWe 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 MINAPR 7
Comments
DZ LiVEsolation Annoucement

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

EChas 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.

105 MINMAR 17
Comments
DZ-66: The Mandalorian and The Rise of Skywalker - Audience Knowledge vs Character Motivation

DZ-65: Collaborating with a Director - The Snip

EThis 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!

63 MINFEB 14
Comments
DZ-65: Collaborating with a Director - The Snip

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

EStu 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.

102 MINJAN 30
Comments
DZ-64: Backmatter - Controlling your Work, Treatments, and Writing Styles

DZ-63: Tools for Better Dialogue (Part 2) - Hook and Eye

EStu and Chas have kidnapped Stephen Cleary to once again develop some craft tools around dialogue. In Part 2 of this series, we analyse key scenes from films and TV shows famous for their dialogue, namely FLEABAG (Season 2, Episode 5), JUNO and DEADWOOD (The Pilot). The biggest tools we explore are: the hook and eye; how dialogue can reveal status and empathy; rhythm; contrast and affinity; and pacing.

118 MIN2019 DEC 31
Comments
DZ-63: Tools for Better Dialogue (Part 2) - Hook and Eye

DZ-62: Unfilmables and Unscriptables (Part 3) - As Ifs & Emotional context

EIn this final part of our series on unfilmables, Chas and Stu turn their critical eye to... each other’s work! They take their key learnings from the previous ep and apply them to rewriting scenes from their own projects. They discuss metaphors, emotional context, and how you can write tone on the page without resorting to unfilmables. They are also joined by Carissa Lee to discuss her perspective as an actor on the scripts we’ve been reading; and they answer listener questions about unfilmables.

137 MIN2019 DEC 2
Comments
DZ-62: Unfilmables and Unscriptables (Part 3) - As Ifs & Emotional context

DZ-61: Unfilmables and Unscriptables (Part 2) - Moments of Awe

EChas and Stu continue their deep dive into how writing the “unfilmable” can enhance your script. Rather than looking at micro moments, they turn their gaze to ‘moments of awe’ — those often breathtaking cinematic moments that feel beyond writing.But are those scenes actually unscriptable? In this episode we look at sequences from YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE, SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER, THE INVITATION, and MOONLIGHT.

125 MIN2019 SEP 25
Comments
DZ-61: Unfilmables and Unscriptables (Part 2) - Moments of Awe

DZ-60 Unfilmables and Unscriptables (Part 1) - Engaging imagination

EIn this episode, Chas and Stu deep dive into the controversial area of “unfilmables” — those alleged screenwriting sins, where a writer writes a line that (apparently) cannot be seen or heard. But many produced spec scripts use unfilmables to great effect. So how and why do they “get away with it”?

145 MIN2019 AUG 7
Comments
DZ-60 Unfilmables and Unscriptables (Part 1) - Engaging imagination

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