#51: Arrival — Substance of Story

This week we examine ARRIVAL and how, despite its intriguing and well-made examination of a hypothetical alien first contact situtation, it lacks any real substance. We also compare how it surprasses recent, less effective attempts at hard sci-fi: INTERSTELLAR and THE MARTIAN, but falls short of the excellent GRAVITY. Royalty free music from Bensound. Stock…

#49: Breaking Bad & Justice League — Inspiration

This week we talk both good ideas and, thanks to comics, bad ones. From BREAKING BAD to the upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE we talk about how to gauge what an idea might be worth. Royalty free music from Bensound. Stock image by George Hodan. 2:15 – ‘Premise’ – Breaking down the purpose of a logline and…

#48: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 — Spine of Action

This week: SPOILERS! Recording at the McKee Story Seminar in London we get straight into the new Marvel film, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2. Royalty free music from Bensound. Stock image by George Hodan. 1:50 – ‘Premise’ – Breaking down the major story beats of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2. 6:10 – ‘Spine of Action’ –…

#47: The OA — Considering the Emotion of the Audience

This week Luke and I talk about the beautiful Netflix series, THE OA and how it’s format spells the future of TV. Royalty free music from Bensound. Stock image by George Hodan. 4:10 – ‘Synopsis’ – Breaking down the major story beats of the THE OA. 14:19 – ‘Installments’ – Outlining the different temporal genres,…

#46: Band of Brothers: Currahee — Adapting from Real Life

Willard Foxton returns! He takes us through the first episode of the HBO mini-series, BAND OF BROTHERS, discussing the nature of how and why certain choices were made in the production. Royalty free music from Bensound. Stock image by George Hodan. 0-40 – ‘Premise’ – Introducing our special guest Willard Foxton-Todd. 4-40 – ‘Synopsis’ –…