#30: 2016 Sketches

A series of quick discussions on any number of stories that came out this year that won’t otherwise get their own podcast… unless you want us to, so contact us and let us know. 2-40 – ‘Top 5 Podcasts’ – A run down of the 5 best podcasts for new listeners. 4-20 – ‘MUPPET CHRISTMAS…

#29: Rogue One – The Irony of Prequels

STAR WARS is back with an amazing prequel with ROGUE ONE and we examine how a prequel uses dramatic irony to enrich the original. 2-35 – ‘Premise’ – Recapping the major story beats of Rogue One. 5-00 – ‘Mercy Scene’ – Breaking down why the mercy scene was the only weak point of Action in…

#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’…

#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’ –…

#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…

#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…