Story Punch

Story Punch is a podcast about learning to tell better stories and interviewing people with interesting stories of their own.
RSS Feed Subscribe in Apple Podcasts




All Episodes
Now displaying: Category: film
Oct 11, 2016

On today's episode we are talking with Gideon Kennedy, the Alabama-based writer and co-director of Limo Ride. Limo Ride tells the story of a ragtag group of friends who find themselves in over their heads after renting a sketchy limousine during their annual New Year's festivities

Gideon shares about the genesis of the film, its basis in real life Southern bar stories, and his research into rite-of-passages stories.

Limo Ride is available Oct. 14 on iTunes, Vimeo, and directly through their website.

Find out more at



Sep 28, 2016

Cameo Wood is an independent filmmaker based in San Francisco. Combining her passion for artificial intelligence, neuromarketing, and filmmaking, she recently directed her first short film Real Artists based on a short story by Ken Liu. On today's episode, she shares about the film and how it came about.

Follow REAL ARTISTS on Seed & Spark and help them get to 1000 followers!

Additional links:


Music by Jahzzar ( CC-BY SA

Sep 26, 2016

Stories can cause us to feel a wide range of human emotions, but they can also be strangely manipulative. If storytelling is designed to lead an audience into an emotional experience, how do we tell the difference between real emotions and fake ones? And how do we make sure to write the real stuff?

Works referenced include:

  • The Walking Dead Season 6
  • Big Hero 6
  • Captain America Civil War
  • Carrie and Lowell

Further Reading:

Sep 21, 2016

Every great movie has memorable moments. These are the scenes that end up on the poster and splashed all over the trailers. The ones you talk about for years to come.

Today we are talking about the other half. The parts of the story that don't get the limelight but actually draw the audience into the characters and their situation. The human elements that actually make movies work and transform them into something larger than the sum of their parts.

Movies discussed in this episode include:

  • Home Alone
  • Aliens
  • Jaws
  • Rear Window
  • Star Trek
  • Guardians of the Galaxy


Thanks for listening!


music by Jahzzar ( CC-BY SA

Sep 21, 2015

Action Scenes can be a great storytelling tool or a mindless waste of the audience's time. How do you make sure that an action sequence serves the narrative and not the other way around?

In this episode we discuss elements of a great action scene. There are some spoilers at the end of the episode for several recent blockbusters but don't worry I'll let you know ahead of time.

Thanks again for listening to Story Punch!

Music by Jahzzar ( CC BY-SA

Sep 8, 2015

What is the story punch?

It's the moment in your story when everything finally comes together for a greater purpose. In this episode we look at the namesake of this podcast and how you can create stories that pack a deeper emotional punch.

Film examples in this episode include Toy Story of Terror, Star Trek, Iron Man 3, and the films of Christopher Nolan.

Music by Jahzzar ( CC BY-SA

Aug 16, 2015

On this episode, we look at the inner journey and the outer journey. It's not enough for a character to accomplish their goal or arrive at their destination. They also have to grow and change along the way. 

Movie examples in this episode include Gravity and Finding Nemo.

This episode's story is called The Last Family Trip.

Follow Timothy Plain on Twitter at @timothyplain

Music by Jahzzar ( CC BY-SA

May 4, 2015

I was lucky enough to see Age of Ultron twice this past week. Let's go in depth and talk about the different characters and themes of the movie. We'll see what went wron g, what went right, and what it can tell about telling good stories.

Music by Jahzzar ( CC BY-SA