Story Grid Editors Roundtable
About This Show
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.Read more »
Most Recent Episode
Psychological Thriller - Gone Girl
7 days ago
This week the Roundtable team disappears into Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and comes back with a verdict of Psychological Thriller, with an extra dose of disturbing.Read more »
Rated 3 out of
The show inadvertently makes you...
...question the notion of how airtight analysis is, and therefore, whether it's all that import to be so picky about the whole Story Grid construct.
Honestly, I'm a huge fan of SG, both the book and podcast, which has helped me immensely in creating story alongside Larry Brooks' Story Engineering. That said, after spending a lot of time practising the art and listening to both Tim's progress, I've recently started questioning how far one needs to go, and this podcast only brings that home.
Why? You've only to listen as all of the "editor's" frequently differ on such things like the 6 core question definitions. I mean, if the masterworks are so unclear in analysis, what am I stressing over?
The episode on Alien was interesting with this. No one agreed on the internal genre types. Most episodes they can't even fully support whether or not external genre films even have an internal genre.
So this kind of drove home knowing your core genre is definitely essential, and abiding by the 5 commandments is the only way you're going to make a story that works, yet at the same time, there's a good chance all that effort spent trying to fit something into a pigeon hole may be a wasted effort. If a trained editor can't definitively pick out the controlling idea of Double Imdemnity, maybe don't beat yourself up over it either.
Not that I'm calling out the SG method (Although I think the actual story grid is far too complex and doesn't show anything more than the spreadsheet) but I think this podcast has set me at ease about being far too stressed about getting all this stuff right.
I will say, though, that getting the core conventions and obligatory scenes for the different genres is incredibly insightful.
Date published: 2018-04-24