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).


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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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.

DZ-77: Backmatter – Prioritising and choosing projects

How do you choose which project to start next?

In their now-annual full backmatter episode, Stu and Chas let their hair down, drop the guise of objectivity, and allow themselves to have an even more subjective opinion about writing and the business of writing.

In this particular Backmatter entry, they wax lyrical on [deep breath]: character journeys, hyperlink cinema, keeping genre fresh, beginning a new co-writing relationship, managing multiple projects, choosing your next project, and – naturally – Star Wars.

SPOILERS ABOUND, particularly for The Mandalorian Season 2 and Ready or Not.

Thanks to Chris Walker for editing this episode.


RUNNING ORDER

  • 00:00:00 – Intro
  • 00:02:55 – DZ update
  • 00:11:18 – Mooting future topics
  • 00:39:51  – Questions to ask of a new co-writing relationship
  • 00:49:56 – Why is pressure different to stakes and obstacles?
  • 00:55:22 – How to manage multiple projects?
  • 01:07:08 – How to pick your next project?
  • 01:19:54 – The Mandalorian Season 2

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Many thanks to all our patrons but particularly to Randy, Bjorn, Garrett, 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.