Do you want your audience feeling with or for your characters?
One day, Chas saw Avengers: Endgame for the second time and wrote a review on Letterboxd. In particular, he had issues with how little he perceived the characters of Cap and Tony changed within the film, their big finale (spoiler). Then friend and patron of the podcast Julio vehemently disagreed in the comments. He was egged on by Stu. And there in the comments began a debate that looked a lot like an episode of Draft Zero. So we decided to make it one.
And what began as an exploration of how to dramatise character change swiftly became an exploration of how to position audience in relation to your characters. Do you want the audience empathising with the characters? Feeling what they are feeling in the moment? Or do you want your audience sympathising with your characters? Being rocked by surprise after the fact? Reminding your audience of their own personal relationship with the characters.
As always, spoiler-tastic.
- CHAS’ LETTERBOXD REVIEW [@ 00:00:00]
- HOW DOES THE SNAP AFFECT CAP & TONY? [@ 00:04:27]
- HOW IS TONY’S JOURNEY DRAMATISED? [@ 00:08:31]
- WORKSHOPPING A MOMENT WHEN TONY RISKS IT ALL [@ 00:26:56]
- PROVING TONY HAS CHANGED SINCE IRON MAN [@ 00:35:13]
- HOW IS STEVE’S JOURNEY DRAMATISED? [@ 00:48:03]
- WHAT IF CAP CHOSE TO STAY IN THE PAST? [@ 00:54:49]
- KEY LEARNINGS [@ 01:02:43]
- Read: Chas’ full review on Letterboxd: https://boxd.it/HqvKD
- Read: Screenrant: Russos Claim Cap Could Lift Mjolnir in Avengers 2 But Didn’t Want to Upset Thor – https://screenrant.com/captain-america-mjolnir-worthy-explained-russos/
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