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Evan

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  • The Hero's 2 Journeys

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Hauge, Christopher Vogler
    • Narrated By Michael Hauge, Christopher Vogler
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (86)

    Make your story the best it can be on two levels. Hear each superstar teacher present his unique approach to story telling.

    Jane says: "I enjoyed this."
    "Worth Listening for an introduction to writing"
    Overall

    I give this a 2-star rating based on a parochial level of story analysis that can be found in any screenwriting basic-structure how-to manual. That being said, you do need to start somewhere and this could be helpful, but it is limited in examples and expanded explanations of approach, theory, and context. It also loses a star because the audio quality is almost unbearable, very poorly recorded. Vogler and Hauge are great at what they do, though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Way Hollywood Tells It: Story and Style in Modern Movies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Bordwell
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    David Bordwell argues that the principles of visual storytelling created in the studio era are alive and well, even in today's bloated blockbusters. American filmmakers have created a durable tradition - one that we should not be ashamed to call artistic, and one that survives in both mainstream entertainment and niche-marketed indie cinema. Bordwell traces the continuity of this tradition in a wide array of films made since 1960.

    Evan says: "A well-rounded analysis of story, then and now."
    "A well-rounded analysis of story, then and now."
    Overall

    David Bordwell brings to the surface two very valuable aspects throughout the course of his analysis of storytelling in films, both past and present (among many other storytelling techniques). 1. A breakdown of the other books on screenwriting and structure, the good, the bad, the valuable. 2. A breakdown of both great movies and bad movies and WHY, in the context of the time period and conditions they were made and the approach of the writers.
    Bordwell sites an impressive number of films to accompany his academic analysis of story AND how (the directors, too) tell their stories.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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