#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. Logo design by the Proxy Guy. 0-50 – ‘Premise’ – Introducing our special…

#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. Logo design by the Proxy Guy. 1:52 – ‘Premise’ – Outlining why we are talking about BLACK MIRROR. 5:23 – ‘Synopsis’ – Breaking down the major story beats…

#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. Logo design by the Proxy Guy. 2:51- ‘Synopsis’ – Breaking down the major story beats of THE MATRIX, with reference to The Hero’s Journey. 8:48 – ‘Rules’ – Outlining…

#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. Logo design by the Proxy Guy. 2:20 – ‘Synopsis’ – Breaking down the major story beats of TAKEN. 9:41 – ‘Delineation’ – Outlining the…

#39: Breaking Bad — Creating a Pilot

We breakdown the pilot to BREAKING BAD to examine the elements necessary for a pilot for a long-form series. 0-30 – ‘Premise’ – Introducing the premise of the episode. 6-40 – ‘Synopsis’ – Breaking down the major story beats of the BREAKING BAD pilot. 14-30 – ‘Pilot’- Discussing the purpose of a pilot episode and…

#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…