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Story Punch is a podcast about learning to tell better stories and interviewing people with interesting stories of their own.
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Apr 20, 2016
Today we are talking about where stories come from, specifically how they emerge out of our personal experiences and unique perspective. We'll talk about the inspiration behind The Hunger Games, Spielberg's aliens, and the critically panned Cars 2.
 
When I say that stories come from people, I mean that stories are also inseparable from their creators. They communicate a point of view, a collection of values, and the specific life experiences of their authors.
 
I mention a lot of different films in this episode so here are my sources if you want to know more:
 
Suzanne Collin on the Inspiration for the Hunger Games
 
http://www.slj.com/2008/09/interviews/under-cover/a-killer-story-an-interview-with-suzanne-collins-author-of-the-hunger-games/#_
 
http://www.scholastic.com/thehungergames/media/qanda.pdf
 
David S Goyer's Screenwriting Lecture
 
https://soundcloud.com/bafta/david-s-goyer-screenwriting-lecture
 
Scott, Linklater, and Russell's Personal Experiences 
 
http://flavorwire.com/395372/the-true-stories-behind-10-directors-most-personal-films
 
John Lasseter on Cars 2
 
NYT John Lasseter of Pixar defends Cars 2
TIME Q&A with Cars 2 Director John Lasseter
LA TIMES - http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jan/05/news/la-trb-route-66-cars-land-disney-california-adventure-11201228
Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/filmmakersonfilm/8637538/John-Lasseter-interview-What-drives-the-man-at-Pixar.html
Movies Online - http://www.moviesonline.ca/2011/06/interview-talk-cars-2-john-lasseter/
 
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Aug 18, 2015

On this episode we talk about what makes a great villain:

  • The villain's plan should make sense (from a warped perspective)
  • Villain should be mysterious, but not a mystery
  • Their deeds should exist within a larger moral universe
  • A villain should provide a real threat
  • They should have a moral weakness

I'm super excited to share this episode with you. I've been working on it on and off for a few years.

Film and television examples in this episode include Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel, Daredevil, and Gotham.

Here is a link to the article I quoted: The Banality of Evil Origin Stories.

Music by Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com) CC BY-SA

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