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#27: Babylon 5 — The Rewards of Long-Form Plotting

This week, we show the richness and joy to be had from serious long-form plotting as shown in the five-year run of J Michael Straczynski’s BABYLON 5. 8:12 – ‘Premise’ – Breaks down Babylon 5’s major story beats. 14:45 – ‘Trap Doors’ – Explains the contingencies Straczynski plotted into his show. 28:30 – ‘Foreshadowing’ –…

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#26: Battlestar Galactica — The Importance of Long-Form Plotting

This week, we expose the failures of promising to plot out a long-form story and not delivering as seen in the 2003 SyFy channel’s reboot of the series, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. We talk about audience expectation, the difficulties in long-form plotting and risking alienating your audience if you neglect to follow through with your set ups. Royalty…

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#24: John Carter — Setting Up the Climax

JOHN CARTER may have been perceived as a failure, but we demonstrate how excellent Andrew Stanton’s work it truly is. We discuss the brave decision to delay the Inciting Incident, the superb climax of the story and Luke’s man crush on Taylor Kitsch. Check out Bassim’s article at the time of the film’s release on…

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#23: Stranger Things — Clueing Multiple POVs

This week on The Story Toolkit we talk about the excellent first season of STRANGER THINGS and its use of multiple points of view to expertly navigate the audience through its mysteries. Looking forward to STRANGER THINGS Season 2 as much as we are? Quell your story appetite a little by checking out empireonline.com/movies/features/stranger-things-season-2/. Royalty Free Music…

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#22: Dr Strange — 2: Action Storytelling Principles

Second of our podcasts on Marvel Studio’s latest blockbuster, DR STRANGE, discussing why it’s good but not great. This time, we focus on how the film didn’t fully work out its Action conventions. We discuss the hero at the mercy of the villain, Marvel’s use of the McGuffin and the action sequence settings. Royalty Free…

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#21: Dr Strange — 1: Linking Character Dimensions and Plot

First of our podcasts on Marvel Studio’s latest blockbuster, DR STRANGE. Here, we explain how despite being lots of fun, the film’s writers don’t truly link character and plot into a cohesive whole. For more on the connection between character dimensions and plot, check out our episode discussing MAN OF STEEL. Royalty Free Music from Bensound.…