Story Grid Editors Roundtable
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This is a show dedicated to helping you become a better writer. Each week Story Grid Editors Jarie Bolander, Valerie Francis, Anne Hawley, Kim Kessler, and Leslie Watts analyze a film from one of the 12 Story Grid content genres and discuss it using the Editor’s Six Core Questions as developed by Shawn Coyne or through the lens of another story principle.

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    Redemption - A Man Called Ove

    This week, the team goes global with the foreign language film A Man Called Ove to study Global Internal Genres. This 2015 Swedish comedy-drama was written and directed by Hannes Holm.

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    Thriller - Rear Window

    Sit in a chair and watch the suspense unfold this week as Valerie and the other Roundtablers examine Rear Window.

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    Crime - Fargo

    You betcha the Roundtablers are going to chip away at how set and setting drive dialogue in the 1996 Coen Brothers film Fargo. This dark comedy was directed by Joel Coen from the script he co-wrote with Ethan Coen.

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    Action-Epic - The Spy Who Dumped Me

    It’s international intrigue with a side of comedy on the Roundtable this week as Leslie continues to explore action plot conventions in The Spy Who Dumped Me. This 2018 action-epic-conspiracy film was directed by Susanna Fogel from a screenplay she wrote with David Iserson.

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    Complex Status Story - Black Mirror "Bandersnatch"

    TV shows? Video Games? Choose Your Own Adventure? The Roundtablers take on Bandersnatch this week as Anne continues her exploration inot complex story forms. This 2018 episode of the Netflix series Black Mirror was written by Charlie Brooker and directed by David Slade.

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    Worldview-Education - The Fundamentals of Caring

    The fundamentals of global internal genre are under review this time as Kim pitches The Fundamentals of Caring, a 2016 independent film written and directed by Rob Burnett.

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    Dialogue - The Shawshank Redemption

    Get busy living or busy dying when the editors chip away at dialogue in The Shawshank Redemption. This 1994 film was written and directed by Frank Darabont, based on Stephen King’s Novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.

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    Narrative Drive - Mystery - Murder on the Orient Express

    All aboard the murder train! This week, the Roundtablers set off from Istanbul with Hercule Poirot and a star-studded cast to review Murder on the Orient Express. This 1974 classic, based on Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel, was written by Paul Dehn and directed by Sidney Lumet.

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    Action Subgenre Conventions: Pirates of the Caribbean

    Yo ho! The conventions of the Action story sail into port this week as Leslie invites us to examine Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. This 2003 comedy-horror-action movie was written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio and directed by Gore Verbinski, based on the ride at Disneyland.

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    Complex Story Structure - Cloud Atlas

    Things get really complicated this week as Anne pitches Cloud Atlas so we can all study complex nested story form. This 2012 film was written and directed by Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, based on the 2004 novel by David Mitchell.

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