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It’s deep… ALIEN: COVENANT - Great Movie Openings

It’s deep… ALIEN: COVENANT - Great Movie Openings

July 12, 2021

ALIEN: COVENANT - BREAKING DOWN THIS GREAT MOVIE OPENING

We're back for Season 2 of the Impactful Writing Podcast as a part of The Story Geeks Network and the Art of Storytelling YouTube channel! Season 2 is all about great openings. Starting with one of Caleb's recommendations, ALIEN: COVENANT. We'll dig deeper into ALIEN: COVENANT's opening scene to determine what makes this a great movie opening.

What do YOU love about ALIEN: COVENANT's opening scene? Let us know in the comments down below! And watch the movie before you watch our listen to our show!

Watch ALIEN: COVENANT's opening scene here: https://vimeo.com/241358352

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More great movie openings are coming for the following films:

  • ALIEN: COVENANT - July 5th (YouTube)/July 12th (The Story Geeks Podcast)
  • ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST - July 19th (YouTube)/July 26th (The Story Geeks Podcast)
  • UP - Aug 2nd (YouTube)/Aug 9th (The Story Geeks Podcast)
  • INGLORIOUS BASTERDS - Aug 16th (YouTube)/Aug 23rd (The Story Geeks Podcast)
  • THE MATRIX - Aug 30th (YouTube)/Sep 6th (The Story Geeks Podcast)
  • WATCHMEN - Sep 13th (YouTube)/Sep 20th (The Story Geeks Podcast)
  • MOULIN ROUGE - Sep 27th (YouTube)/Oct 4th (The Story Geeks Podcast)

ALIEN: COVENANT - DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • What makes ALIEN: COVENANT's opening scene compelling? What can we learn from the screenwriters in terms of this approach to storytelling and writing?
  • Does this scene make sense if you haven't seen the previous films? As a storyteller/writer, how much should we be thinking about that?
  • What's the deeper philosophical question this scene asks? Why should we care about that from a storytelling or writing standpoint?
  • How does this opening scene set up the rest of ALIEN: COVENANT as a story?
  • What are the key storytelling elements that matter to the audience in this opening scene?
  • What are the key storytelling/writing elements that matter to the storytellers in this scene?

 

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Evolution vs. Religion… and Storytelling? I have thoughts on Bret Weinstein & Jordan Peterson’s podcast…

Evolution vs. Religion… and Storytelling? I have thoughts on Bret Weinstein & Jordan Peterson’s podcast…

June 28, 2021

Evolution vs. Religion... and Storytelling? I have thoughts on Bret Weinstein & Jordan Peterson's podcast...

Jay Sherer listened to Jordan Peterson's appearance on Bret Weinstein's The Dark Horse podcast... They talked about evolution, religion (specifically a belief in the afterlife), and even storytelling. And that prompted a lot of thoughts for Jay. In this shorter, solo podcast, he shares those thoughts with you!

 

Watching Empire Strikes Back for the FIRST TIME! The Big Reveal SPOILED?

Watching Empire Strikes Back for the FIRST TIME! The Big Reveal SPOILED?

June 17, 2021

Watching Empire Strikes Back for the FIRST TIME!

Michael Biondo is back to talk to me about his experience watching The Empire Strikes Back for the first time! He's never seen Star Wars... but was the big reveal in this film spoiled for him? What else did he pick up on watching this film for the first time? Let's dig in and see what he says!

 

Jay’s Take: Is Social Media Altering the Storyteller’s Mind? I’m Concerned About It.

Jay’s Take: Is Social Media Altering the Storyteller’s Mind? I’m Concerned About It.

June 14, 2021

Decision-making vs. Tribe-building...

How social media has changed the pressures that artists and storytellers face in the marketplace.

In this solo podcast, Jay Sherer shares some of his concerns related to how social media is altering the way artists and creators and storytellers approach their works. What do these new pressures mean? And what should we do about them? Jay shares his thoughts. Let him know what you think!

 

My Friend’s Reaction to Watching Star Wars: A New Hope for the FIRST TIME!

My Friend’s Reaction to Watching Star Wars: A New Hope for the FIRST TIME!

June 4, 2021

My Friend's Reaction to Watching Star Wars: A New Hope for the FIRST TIME!

My friend has never seen Star Wars. WUT. We watched Star Wars: A New Hope together, and then we had a conversation about it. What did he think? What has culture spoiled for him? What's it like to not know what Star Wars is all about?

Mike Biondo and Jay Sherer sit down to discuss his reaction to seeing Star Wars: A New Hope for the first time!

Diversity in Storytelling - A Conversation Between an Asian Actor and a White Writer/Producer

Diversity in Storytelling - A Conversation Between an Asian Actor and a White Writer/Producer

April 13, 2021

Diversity in Storytelling - A Conversation Between an Asian Actor and a White Writer/Producer

What should diversity in storytelling look like? How should white writers and producers work with people of color? How should we think about diversity and inclusion? Tim J. Lim (actor/director/producer/writer) and Jay Sherer (writer/producer/director) have a deeper discussion about diversity in Hollywood. What do you think about diversity in storytelling?

How should people from all walks of life work together in order to tell amazing stories? Leave us a comment with your perspective!

Death of a Bounty Hunter (written by Jay Sherer & Nathan Scheck): http://www.deathofabountyhunter.com (Death of a Bounty Hunter was a semi-finalist in Screencraft's Cinematic Book Competition!)

Tim J. Lim's Website: https://www.timjlim-films.com/

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Key Questions and Ideas about Diversity in Storytelling:

  • Hollywood is investing in diversity... but is it working?
  • How does diversity in Hollywood feel for a person of color?
  • How should writers approach characters of color?
  • Does genre matter when it comes to diversity and inclusion in storytelling
  • Why does diversity in storytelling even matter?
  • How should producers view diversity in Hollywood and storytelling?
“As disturbing as possible…” - Interviewing The Joker’s Makeup Artist - Zack Snyder’s Justice League

“As disturbing as possible…” - Interviewing The Joker’s Makeup Artist - Zack Snyder’s Justice League

April 5, 2021

The Joker's New Look - An interview with The Joker's makeup artist Erin Ayanian Monroe about Jared Leto's new Joker look in Zack Snyder's Justice League

This week, Jay and Caleb chat with Erin Ayanian Monroe, the makeup artist hired to do Jared Leto's Joker makeup in Zack Snyder's Justice League. How did they go about reimagining Joker's look for Zack Snyder's Justice League? Listen in!

 

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League - Audience Reaction!

Zack Snyder’s Justice League - Audience Reaction!

March 24, 2021

Zack Snyder's Justice League - Audience Reaction!

Zack Snyder's Justice League vs. Joss Whedon's Justice League vs. Joss Whedon's #Avengers

What's the best film? Zack Snyder's #JusticeLeague? Joss Whedon's Justice League? Joss Whedon's Avengers? Most of The Story Geeks agree... except Jay. Jay defends #ZSJL!

 

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PODCAST DISCUSSION - Enter YOUR thoughts in the comments!

Do you prefer Zack Snyder's Justice League or Joss Whedon's Justice League? What do The Story Geeks think?

They're pretty much all on the same page with Zack Snyder's Justice League vs. Joss Whedon's Justice League. Do you agree?

Here's a tough one... Zack Snyder's Justice League vs. Joss Whedon's Avengers! Here's where Jay gets crazy and goes against... everyone!

What about Zack Snyder's Justice League do you like? What about it do you dislike? And how is Zack Snyder better than Joss Whedon? What about the reverse?

But, we want to hear YOUR thoughts: Zack Snyder's Justice League vs. Joss Whedon's Justice League vs. Joss Whedon's Avengers!

How to Start Writing a Story - The Impactful Writing Podcast

How to Start Writing a Story - The Impactful Writing Podcast

March 18, 2021

How to Start Writing a Story - The Impactful Writing Podcast

The Impactful Writing Podcast is for storytellers and writers who want to dig deeper into philosophies, spiritual perspectives, and the true reason humans resonate with stories. From writing techniques to deeper thoughts about the power of storytelling. Hosted by two of The Story Geeks co-hosts, Jay Sherer and Caleb Monroe!

Watch LIVE on YouTube every other Monday at 9AM (PT) and join the conversation: https://www.youtube.com/thereclamationsociety

How to Get Better at Writing - Part 2: 9 Ways to Improve Your Writing

How to Get Better at Writing - Part 2: 9 Ways to Improve Your Writing

March 11, 2021

How to Get Better at Writing - Part 2: 9 Ways to Improve Your Writing

Jay didn't get to be a part of Part 1, so in this episode, Caleb interviews Jay about his writing tips on how to get better at writing!

 

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