Story Grid Editors Roundtable
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This is a show dedicated to helping you become a better editor. 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.

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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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    Bite Size Edition - Essential Action

    Leslie and Anne’s Story Grid Investigation Team has been on the case, and today we uncover Essential Action, a great tool for evaluating the conflict in your scenes.

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    Season 4 Teaser Trailer

    Here’s a preview of the winning hand of stories the Roundtablers are getting ready to bring you in Season 4. Join us for Episode 0, where Anne, Kim, Valerie, Jarie and Leslie each reveal their first movie of the season and talk about why they chose it, and how they hope studying it will help them in their own writing.

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    Bite Size Edition - Thawing the Fiction Freeze

    It’s 20 minutes of help for frozen writers this time as Anne brings you a bite-size episode on the direct path from story structure right down to the selection of details for a story that will engage, entice and enchant your readers.

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    Story Grid 101: The Five Commandments of Storytelling - Coco

    We wind up Season 3 with another episode of Story Grid 101. Each of the Roundtable Editors is tackling one of the Story Grid Five Commandments for a deep dive into the fundamental structure of scene, act, and global story, using the Pixar animated feature, Coco as our model.

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    Emotional Stakes - The King's Speech

    The Roundtablers join King George VI behind the mic this week to examine emotional stakes in 2010’s Best Picture, The King's Speech, directed by Tom Hooper from David Seidler’s Oscar-winning script.

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    Nested Storytelling - Inception

    Can Anne take the Roundtablers to a story within a story within a story? Find out this week as we analyze Christopher Nolan’s 2010 science fiction heist film Inception.

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    Narrative Device - Jane Eyre

    Join us in the wilds of Yorkshire as we examine the framing story as narrative device in the original gothic romance, Jane Eyre. This 2011 version was directed by Cary Fukunaga from Moira Buffini’s adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 masterpiece.

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