How can the same story feel different when you have more characters?
In the first part of our series on ensembles, Chas, Stu and Mel start by laying the groundwork for our future episodes. And we begin by asking the seemingly innocuous question:
‘what do we mean by calling a story an ensemble?’
As we unpack our own assumptions, biases and thoughts, we ask (and attempt to answer) more questions: How does an ensemble differ from a single protagonist or two hander? Why does this distinction even matter? What challenges What genres inherently are ensembles? And what do we hope to learn from the series?
We ice-skate over myriad films including JURASSIC PARK, ALIEN, TOP GUN vs TOP GUN: MAVERICK, DEATH AT A FUNERAL, WAR OF THE WORLDS vs INDEPENDENCE DAY, LORD OF THE RINGS vs WILLOW, OCEAN’S 11 vs OUT OF SIGHT, THIEF vs HEAT, AWAY FROM HER, DIRTY DOZEN, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, SE7EN, READY OR NOT. Look, there’s heaps. We talk a lot of movies.
We also talk through our lens for breaking down group dynamics: collaborative vs competitive vs combative.
As always: SPOILERS ABOUND
Thanks to Chris Walker for editing this episode. <3 Chris!
- 00:00:00 – Intro
- 00:04:17 – What is an ensemble?
- 00:26:51 – Taxonomy of Ensembles
- 00:47:25 – ArcStudio Sponsorship
- 00:48:32 – Group Dynamics
- 01:08:39 – Wrap Up & Hopeful Learnings
- 01:15:15 – Patreon Thanks
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