DZ-80: Interweaving Timelines 3 – Little Women

How can interweaving timelines elevate the emotional experience for the audience?

In our final part, part 3, of our Interweaving Timelines series, we — Chas, Stu & Mel — take a deep dive into Greta Gerwig’s 2019 adaptation of Little Women. In her adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s iconic novels, Greta chose to interweave the seperate timelines of Little Women and it’s sequel, Good Wives, to create a thematically and emotionally potent work. This differs from all the other adaptations, which have chosen to keep the chronological storytelling of the source material.

We compare Gerwig’s choices and their resulting effects with Gilliam Armstrong & Robin Swicord’s more faithful (and chronological) 1994 version. It’s almost like a scientific experiment!

Stay tuned! 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.


RUNNING ORDER

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:00:37 – ScriptUp Sponsorship
  • 00:02:00 – Little Women – 2019 vs 1994
  • 00:06:35 – 2019’s Interweaving Timelines
  • 00:15:29 – Summarising the plot points
  • 00:31:39 – Initial contrasts with chronological telling
  • 00:35:32 – Laurie’s Proposal
  • 00:54:10 – Amy and Laurie’s courtship
  • 01:03:34 – Beth’s Death
  • 01:26:44 – Book burning and ice skating
  • 01:36:51 – How the structure expresses theme
  • 01:44:06 – Key Learnings and Wrap Up
  • 01:59:02 – Backmatter

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Many thanks to all our patrons but particularly to Randy, Garrett, Bjorn, Jessie, Khrob, and Sandra. They’re good humans.

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DZ-79: Interweaving Timelines 2 – The Social Network

How can interweaving two timelines change how we feel about a character?

In this Part 2 of Interweaving Timelines (aka The Stu Monologue Episode), Mel, Chas and Stu tackle Sorkin/Fincher’s The Social Network. As you’ll hear, it is clearly Stu’s favourite of the examples we cover and, ah, *not* Mel’s favourite. While all three bring their own biases and opinions on the reality of Facebook as it has become, we do manage to put the destruction of democracy to one side to actually analyse the meticulous craft that this film displays.

We analyse Sorkin’s on-the-page skill with time jumps, managing intercutting and introducing characters – as well as explore how the flash-forward technique manages the absence of stakes (i.e. we know Facebook exists) and creates a different emotional experience to the flashbacks of Destroyer. Finally, and most importantly, we look at how the interweaving timelines change how the audience feel about Mark Zuckerberg (as portrayed in this film).

Stay tuned! 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.


RUNNING ORDER

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:01:48 – The Social Network
  • 00:07:36 – The flash forward structure
  • 00:18:46 – Why did we pick this film?
  • 00:29:41 – What are the stakes?
  • 00:42:45 – Time jumps & transitions
  • 00:52:59 – Audience’s perception of Mark
  • 01:00:45 – Storyteller cuts
  • 01:09:20 – Sorkin vs Fincher
  • 01:16:07 – Wrap up & key learnings
  • 01:23:15 – Backmatter

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

Many thanks to all our patrons but particularly to Randy, Garrett, Bjorn, Joakim, Khrob, and Sandra. They’re good humans.

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-78: Interweaving Timelines 1 – Destroyer

How does interweaving two timelines change how the audience feel?

Stu and Chas are joined by Mel Killingsworth to dissect interweaving timelines. Not anthology films. Not Cloud Atlas. But films where two plot lines featuring the same characters, but from different timelines, are woven together.

How do you manage stakes when you know a character’s future? What questions does this prompt in the viewer? And how the hell do you orient the reader?

To answer these questions, it will take three episodes. In this Part 1, our intrepid team (and Mel’s 42 pages of homework) tackle the 2018 film DESTROYER directed by Karen Kusama, written by Hay & Manfredi and starring Nicole Kidman.

Meanwhile, Part 2 will cover THE SOCIAL NETWORK and Part 3 will compare the 1994 Gillian Armstrong version with 2019 Greta Gerwig version of LITTLE WOMEN. Whew.

Stay tuned! 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.


RUNNING ORDER

  • 00:00:10 Intro
  • 00:01:46 Interweaving Timelines?
  • 00:14:54 Destroyer & Timelines
  • 00:35:28 Indicating Timelines
  • 00:39:21 Ordering the Key Events
  • 00:51:50 Theme & Timelines
  • 01:06:44 Questions prompted by the ending
  • 01:20:58 Key Learnings & Wrap Up
  • 01:37:37 Backmatter

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

Many thanks to all our patrons but particularly to Randy, Garrett, Bjorn, Jack, Khrob, and Sandra. They’re good humans.

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.