#28: Gone Girl — Not Using the Core Event

Director David Finch’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel possesses a unique structural form; GONE GIRL manages to satisfy without a core event. We examine how it manages this.

3-00 – ‘Premise’- Breaks down GONE GIRL’s major story beats.
14-20 – ‘Crime Story’ – Details the genre conventions; value, roles, dramatic question.
16-10 – ‘Core Event’ – Discussing the Core Event in a Crime Story and how GONE GIRL deals with the scene.
23-50 ‘Controlling Idea’ – Analysing the link between the missing Core Event and the Controlling Idea.
34-00 – ‘Choices’ – Discussing the pros and cons of choosing to remove the key scene.
40-35 – ‘Action Core Event’ – Cross referencing GONE GIRL with examples from Action that are missing a Core Event.
48-00 – ‘Summary’ – Recapping the techniques discussed.   

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