#38: The Sopranos — Institutionalizing Your Cast

We use THE SOPRANOS cast design to talk about creating an institution within your cast to ground their relationship dynamics. 1-50 – ‘Institutionalizing’ – Defining the process of Institutionalizing your cast. 24-00 – ‘Synopsis’ – Breaking down the major story beats of The Sopranos. 29-10 – ‘Example’ – Analysing THE SOPRANOS and how it uses…

#37: Watchmen — Image Systems and Controlling Ideas

We talk about how image systems express the controlling idea of a work in Alan Moore’s comic series, WATCHMEN. 1-25 – ‘Synopsis’ – Breaking down the major story beats of WATCHMEN. 9-30 – ‘Definitions’ – Clarifying the terminology of ‘Image Systems’ and ‘Controlling Idea’. 14-10 – ‘Controlling Idea’ – Analysing the WATCHMEN Controlling Idea and…

#36: Ocean’s Eleven — The Style of a Heist

Author Adam Maxwell asks us to take a look at the Heist genre, so we look at it through the lens of the Clooney-remake of OCEAN’S ELEVEN. 3-30 – ‘Synopsis’ – Breaking down the major story beats of OCEAN’S ELEVEN. 12-20 – ‘Roles’ – Outlining the character roles of a Crime story; Criminal, Victim and…

#35: Die Hard — Sequence Structure

One of our listeners asked about writing sequences, so we breakdown the sequences of DIE HARD. Royalty free music from Bensound. Stock image by George Hodan. 1-00 – ‘Listener Question‘ – Introducing the question from a listener. 3-15 – ‘Synopsis‘ – Breaking down the Sequences, or major story beats, of DIE HARD. 9-45 – ‘Acts‘…

#34: Unbreakable — Style Over Substance

We show how M Night Shyamalan’s films display incredible stylistic skill, but ultimately, lack any substance of merit, as shown in UNBREAKABLE. 1-00 – ‘Listener Question‘ – Introducing the topic suggested by a listener. 4-15 – ‘Synopsis‘ – Breaking down the major story beats of UNBREAKABLE. 12-30 – ‘Style‘ – Outlining the many qualities of…

#33 Inglourious Basterds — Style Inform Choices

Looking over the work of Quentin Tarantino, we show how the unique style of the director influences the writing choices. Royalty free music by Bensound. Stock image by George Hodan. 1-40 – ‘Tarantino’ – Outlining Tarantino’s impressive collection of works. 4-45 – ‘Premise’ – Breaking down the major story beats of INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS. 10-20 –…

#32: The Girl on the Train — Blending Genres

We talk about the film adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ novel and how it blends two genres together: Crime and the Social Drama. 1-00 – ‘Premise’ – Outlining the major story beats of GIRL ON THE TRAIN. 11-45 – ‘Empathy’ – Addressing how Paula Hawkins keeps you in empathy with the protagonist. 14-35 – ‘Genre’ –…