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DZ-50: Antagonists! (Part 2) - vs Self

Draft Zero: a screenwriting podcast

Release Date: 04/19/2018

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How can characters be their own antagonist?

In Part Two of our Five Part Epic Exploration™ into antagonists, Chas & Stu take a look at "vs self" stories. Stories where the protagonist (or main character) serves as their own antagonist as well as the antagonist for those around them.

It took us a long time to settle on our homework, but we ended up exploring LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, SHAME, and MONSTER. Our discussion continues in backmatter with MINDHUNTER and STEVE JOBS.

As a result of our exploration, we manage to get a better understanding of our 'thesu' on: internal vs external change; obstacles and pressure; stories without singular antagonists; and how it really is the antagonistic forces that carve out the protagonist’s journey.

As always: SPOILERS ABOUND!

Audio quotations used for educational purposes only. Timestamps indicated below. Chapter markers included in the mp3. Watch it on on YouTube.

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Read the (hilarious) computer transcript here: http://draft-zero.com/transcripts/dz-50/ — or edit on GitHub: https://github.com/Draft-Zero-Podcast/dz-transcripts/blob/master/DZ-50.vtt