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

Draft Zero: a screenwriting podcast

Release Date: 08/07/2019

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Draft Zero: a screenwriting podcast

How does Joker use melodramatic techniques to elevate its storytelling?

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How can shifting narrative point of view drive your sequences?

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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.

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Draft Zero: a screenwriting podcast

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Stu 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.

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In 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.

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How can unfilmables enhance the experience of your script?

AKA Why your screenwriting guru is wrong

In 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”?

In this first part, they look at unfilmables in micro moments: to describe locations, set (or change) the mood/tone, bring performances to life, and communicate certain types of humour. To that end, they breakdown into examples from LETHAL WEAPON, MY BRIDESMAID IS A BITCH, HEREDITARY, FLEABAG, KILLING EVE, A QUIET PLACE, KILLING THEM SOFTLY, SHARP OBJECTS, SPARTAN, THE NICE GUYS, DRIVE, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI, TREE OF LIFE, and MICHAEL CLAYTON.

Thanks to Chris Walker for editing this episode, and Carissa Lee for performing the big print.

As always: SPOILERS ABOUND and all copyright material used under fair use for educational purposes.

RUNNING ORDER

ASIDES (@ 23:08)

  • LETHAL WEAPON by Shane Black
  • YOUR BRIDESMAID IS A BITCH by Brian Duffield
  • HEREDITARY by Ari Aster

FRAMING THE SCENE (@ 52:58)

  • READ: Jane Espenson - The Grim Brothers
  • KILLING EVE, EPISODE1 by Phoebe Waller-Bridge

OPENINGS (@ 59:27)

  • KILLING THEM SOFTLY screenplay by Andrew Dominik, based on the novel “Cogan’s Trade" by George V. Higgins
  • SHARP OBJECTS. EPISODE 1, VANISH Written by Marti Noxon, Based on the novel by Gillian Flynn
  • HEREDITARY by Ari Aster
  • SPARTAN a screenplay by David Mamet

PERFORMANCE (@ 1:36:07)

  • FLEABAG PILOT written by Phoebe Waller Bridge
  • THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Erin Cressida Wilson, Adapted from the novel by Paula Hawkins
  • THE NICE GUYS by Anthony Bagarozzi & Shane Black
  • DRIVE written by Hossein Amini, Based on the novel by James Sallis

TONE/THEME (@ 01:54:49)

  • MICHAEL CLAYTON by Tony Gilroy
  • THE TREE OF LIFE by Terrence Mallick
  • THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI by Martin McDonagh
  • WRAP UP / KEY LEARNINGS (@ 02:11:52)

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