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DZ-75: Fury Road & Visual Storytelling

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How can you do powerful storytelling... without dialogue?

Stu and Chas are joined by filmmaker, podcaster and writer Matthew Brown to deep dive into FURY ROAD and its astounding visual storytelling, both on the page and on screen. We talk about setups and payoffs, given circumstances, image systems, environmental storytelling, and how the relationship between Furiosa and Max is built over the course of the story with very little dialogue (besides Tom Hardy’s grunts and the odd bellow of “MEDIOCRE!”).

You can also watch the complete live stream on YouTube or just the breakdown of the Furiosa/Max fight (which isn’t in the podcast) here.

As always: SPOILERS ABOUND

Audio quotations used for educational purposes only. Timestamps indicated below. Chapter markers included in the mp3.

RUNNING ORDER

  • 00:00:00 Intro: Fury Road & Visual Storytelling
  • 00:01:07 Why Fury Road?
  • 00:06:17 World Building & Given Circumstances
  • 00:23:19 World Building & Plot Points
  • 00:30:50 Setups & Payoffs
  • 00:35:03 Who is the Protagonist?
  • 00:35:08 Max & Furiosa's Arc
  • 01:00:44 Stray Observations
  • 01:05:28 Wrap Up

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