John and Craig step up to the whiteboard to look at the story logic in our scripts, then examine how tricks and gimmicks can help keep scenes interesting.
We also answer listener questions about paying experts for research help, and whether hiring a writing consultant ever makes sense.
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- Fridge logic on TV Tropes
- John on The perils of coincidence
- The Fargo TV series makes a religion of coincidence
- Gimmickry used in Kill Bill with split screens and animation, in (500) Days of Summer with musical numbers and alternate timelines, when talking to the dead in Iron Lady, when Love and Death becomes a silent film, and when flashbacks become childhood in The Hangover 2
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- The LA Metro System
- Hyperloop One and its successful first test
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UPDATE 7-25-17: The transcript of this episode can be found here.