Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Review

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It’s finally here. After years of waiting we’re finally getting a team up movie featuring the most iconic superheroes on the planet. So far the reviews have been pretty brutal. Is the movie any good?

Spoiler alert: I love this movie.

0:00 – My thoughts before watching the movie

16:00 – Non-spoiler Review

26:00 – Spoiler-filled Review

Listen to Episode #36 below – iTunesStitchermp3

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The Creative Life

apCreativity is something we all hope for and aspire to. No one wants to recycle secondhand ideas or fall back on tired rote stories. We long to make something fresh and exciting to share with the world. Something original. Something personal.

In today’s episode we’re talking about creativity, where it comes from, and how to live a life conducive to creative ideas. Hopefully you’ll be encouraged wherever you’re at and be reminded that you have something to offer creatively.

Thanks for listening!

Episode #35 – mp3 – iTunes Stitcher

Homework Assignment:

Charlie Kaufman’s Screenwriting Lecture – SoundCloudiTunes

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Based On A True Story

 Today on Story Punch we’re talking about true stories.

What is the responsibility of the storyteller when it comes to adapting real events into an exciting, dramatic, and audience-friendly narrative? What liberties are you allowed to take and what is simply too far?

We’ll look at several popular movies based on true stories and see how well they hold up.

Thanks for listening!

Listen to Episode 34 below – iTunesStitchermp3

Breaking the Rules

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Twist endings. Multiples protagonist. Complicated storylines.

How does structure help a story and do you have to follow it?

On today’s episode we’ll look at what kind of rules do you need to follow in a story and why you might want to consider breaking them.

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What Makes A Good Story? – Making Movies Is HARD Podcast

mmih.jpgToday is a special one because I’m the guest on one of my favorite podcasts in the world: Making Movies Is HARD.

I had the wonderful opportunity to talk with indie filmmakers Alrik Bursell and Timothy Plain about what makes a good story. We discussed our favorite storytelling principles, delved into some of the nuts and bolts of how stories function, and examined Andrew Stanton’s excellent TED talk.

The whole reason I started the Story Punch podcast was to try and figure out how to tell compelling stories. It’s incredible to sit down with a couple of filmmakers who really know their stuff and swap ideas with them. I hope you’ll give it a listen and check out their podcast!

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Creating Conflict

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Can’t we all just get along?

Conflict is a crucial part of every story. It’s the driving force that moves the narrative forward. Without conflict, there can be no story.

How do you create conflict?

Where does it come from?

On today’s episode we look at three different sources for conflict in a story:

  • interpersonal conflict
  • environmental conflict
  • inner conflict

Listen to Episode #31 – mp3iTunesStitcher

Story Logic

A great story doesn’t just grab your attention. It also makes logical sense.

On today’s episode, we’ll talk about the two different layers in a story: how it makes sense in the moment and how it makes sense in terms of overall plot.

Sometimes an exciting story falls apart as soon as you stop and think about what is happening. Sometimes a thoughtful well planned out story just isn’t interesting. How do you find that balance? How can a story make sense but also keep the audience’s interest?

Listen to Episode 31 – MP3 iTunesStitcher