DZ-89: Opening Sequences

How does your opening sequence set up your audience?

Inspired by her tweet on how subversive an opening OCEAN’S ELEVEN has, Chas and Stu invited amazing writer/director Jessica Ellis onto the show to deep dive into opening sequences. How does a good opening setup character, genre, and theme?

In exploring how best to open your story – instead of looking at the almost mandatory studio note of “dropping you in the action” – Stu, Chas and Jess look at the inventive openings of OCEAN’S ELEVEN, LONG SHOT, ARRIVAL and A SERIOUS MAN. Each of these films opens in a way that seems to defy its genre conventions and yet still provide all the set-up it needs to perfectly tell its story.

As always: SPOILERS ABOUND.

Audio quotations used for educational purposes only. Timestamps indicated below. Chapter markers included in the mp3.

Thanks to Chris Walker for editing this episode.


CHAPTERS

  • 00:00:56 – Intro
  • 00:12:04 – Ocean’s Eleven
  • 00:30:26 – Long Shot
  • 01:01:32 – Arrival
  • 01:22:22 – A Serious Man
  • 01:41:17 – Wrap Up
  • 01:46:47 – Patreon thanks

LINKS

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Thanks to all our patrons, especially Casimir, Lloyd, Eduardo, Jennifer, Leigh, Thomas, Garrett, Bjorn, Randy, Jesse, Sandra, Alex and Khrob. You rule!

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DZ-88: Drama in Genre clothing – Hustlers, Pig, and The Power of the Dog

How can dramas use genre elements to hook their audiences?

Stu and Chas reunite with TV writer & director Kodie Bedford to look at how some films start out as genre but gradually become character dramas. Or, as Stu never said on the episode “Genre in the streets, Drama in the sheets”.

Together, they break down HUSTLERS, PIG and POWER OF THE DOG, to see how these films use their genre trappings to hook their audience while ultimately delivering something else entirely. We discuss chapter breaks, inciting incidents, character questions, theme and MORE.

As always: SPOILERS ABOUND.

Audio quotations used for educational purposes only. Timestamps indicated below. Chapter markers included in the mp3.

Thanks to Chris Walker for editing this episode.


CHAPTERS

  • 00:00:01 – Intro
  • 00:00:56 – Drama in Genre Clothing
  • 00:02:21 – Sam Elliot on Power of the Dog
  • 00:03:19 – Lessons from Keeping Genre Fresh
  • 00:08:14 – Hustlers
  • 00:43:58 – Pig
  • 01:16:24 – The Power of the Dog
  • 01:55:02 – Key Learnings and Wrap Up

LINKS

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This episode brought to you by ScriptUp – https://www.scriptupstudio.com – use promo code DZ10 to get 10% off.

Thanks to all our patrons, especially Lloyd, Eduardo, Jennifer, Leigh, Thomas, Garrett, Bjorn, Randy, Jesse, Sandra, Theis, Alex and Khrob. You rule!

Please considering rating or subscribing to us on Apple Podcasts or sharing us on the Social Medias! We like finding new listeners. We are @stuwillis and @chasffisher on twitter. And you can find @draft_zero on Instagram and Twitter.

DZ-87: Keeping Genre fresh – Get Out, Promising Young Woman, and The Invisible Man

How do you deliver on the emotional contract of a genre while surprising the audience?

In tackling this enormous topic, Stu and Chads enlist professional TV writer and desire for Kodie Bedford, someone who has somehow managed to defy genre pigeon-holing by writing mystery, comedy and vampire shows. 

The three of them look at GET OUT, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN and THE INVISIBLE MAN (with reference to PARASITE, JOHN WICK, TAKEN, KNIVES OUT and more) to see what tools the writers have used to deliver on the expectations of a genre while moving that genre on, without writing something stale. 

As always: SPOILERS ABOUND

Audio quotations used for educational purposes only. Timestamps indicated below. Chapter markers included in the mp3.

Thanks to Chris for editing this episode.


CHAPTERS

  • 00:00:57 – Intro: Keeping Genre Fresh
  • 00:03:10 – What is Genre?
  • 00:16:30 – Get Out
  • 00:45:10 – Promising Young Woman
  • 01:25:08 – The Invisible Man
  • 01:59:18 – Wrap Up
  • 02:11:44 – Thanks to our Patreons!

LINKS

  • Freshening Up Genre – Stu’s Notes: https://www.patreon.com/posts/64358617
  • Kodie Bedford: https://twitter.com/ms_kodie
  • Authentic Storytelling – Kodie Bedford: Breaking Down Characters And Worlds

RELATED EPISODES


This episode brought to you by ScriptUp – https://www.scriptupstudio.com – use promo code DZ10 to get 10% off.

Thanks to all our patrons, especially Jennifer, Leigh, Thomas, Garrett, Bjorn, Randy, Jesse, Sandra, Theis, Alex, and Khrob.

Please considering rating or subscribing to us on Apple Podcasts or sharing us on the Social Medias! We like finding new listeners. We are @stuwillis and @chasffisher on twitter. And you can find @draft_zero on Instagram and Twitter.