#45: Westworld — Clueing Strategies

This week we examine the HBO series WESTWORLD and how it uses a unique clueing strategy to intrigue the audience. Royalty free music from Bensound. Stock image by George Hodan. 5:12 – ‘Synopsis’ – Breaking down the major story beats of HBO’s WESTWORLD. 12:33 – ‘Clueing’ – Outlining the 3 different ways of clueing in…

#43: The People v OJ Simpson — Adapting from a Single Source

We have a special guest: Willard Foxton-Todd! An old friend and now journalist and documentary filmmaker who has worked on numerous programmes such as REGGIE YATES EXTREME, talking about adapting a drama from a real-world single source. Royalty free music from Bensound. Stock image by George Hodan. 0-50 – ‘Premise’ – Introducing our special guest…

#42: Black Mirror: Nosedive — Contrivance vs Conflict

We breakdown the premiere episode of the third season of BLACK MIRROR, “NOSEDIVE” and examine the qualitative differences between contrivances and conflicts. Royalty free music from Bensound. Stock image by George Hodan. 1:52 – ‘Premise’ – Outlining why we are talking about BLACK MIRROR. 5:23 – ‘Synopsis’ – Breaking down the major story beats of…

#41: The Matrix — Rules of Fantasy

This week we examine the nature of building a fantasy world by looking at the first film in THE MATRIX trilogy. Royalty free music from Bensound. Stock image by George Hodan. 2:51- ‘Synopsis’ – Breaking down the major story beats of THE MATRIX, with reference to The Hero’s Journey. 8:48 – ‘Rules’ – Outlining the…

#40: Taken — Depths of Character Dimensions

Contrasting it with Garth Ennis’ PUNISHER MAX comic series, we expose some of the problems in TAKEN in how it doesn’t fully delineate its character’s dimensions. Royalty free music from Bensound. Stock image by George Hodan. 2:20 – ‘Synopsis’ – Breaking down the major story beats of TAKEN. 9:41 – ‘Delineation’ – Outlining the principles…