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Story Punch is a podcast about learning to tell better stories and interviewing people with interesting stories of their own.

Story Punch is a podcast about learning to tell better stories and interviewing people with interesting stories of their own.
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Story Punch is a podcast about learning to tell better stories and interviewing people with interesting stories of their own.




#48 - Ethan Paisley on Indelible

Today we're talking with 17 year old filmmaker Ethan Paisley. Hailing from the North Bay, Ethan is here to discuss his new sci-fi short film Indelible about a war veteran who returns home with PTSD and must deal with adapting back to civilian life. Indelible has been playing at a number of film festivals across the country and Ethan has some great insights to share on his personal approach to storytelling and filmmaking. LINKS Ethan's Website MVFF Filmmaker Profile


#47 - Jayson Johnson on Redress

Today we welcome San Francisco filmmaker Jayson Johnson to talk about his new short film Redress. Jayson shares his heart behind the film and why he decided to tackle the tough issues of race, justice, and the Alt-Right. For more information about Redress and Jayson, check out the following links: Redress Film and TrailersFollow Jayson on TwitterThe Jayson Johnson Show on Facebook


#46 - Neighbor Film Cast and Director Interview

Neighbor is a short film about a homeless man who witnesses a kidnapping in the heart of suburbia. Written and directed by Tony Gapastione, the film deals directly with the uncomfortable issue of human trafficking happening here in the United States. On today's episode of Story Punch, we talk with some of the actors behind Neighbor who generously donated their time and traveled to Redwood City to make this project a reality. Along with the director, we'll hear from actors Warren Beatty...


#45 - Why Wonder Woman Matters

On June 2nd, Patty Jenkin's Wonder Woman enters the fray of summer blockbuster season. Featuring an iconic character with 75 years of history, the film is a watershed moment for the superhero genre. But why is Wonder Woman such an anomaly and how did we get here? Music by Jahzzar ( CC-BY SA


#44 - Ryan A Bell on Virtual Reality Filmmaking

Ryan A Bell is a digital storyteller and tech lover. Today he's here to talk about making movies in virtual reality, and the future of technology. Follow Ryan on twitter at @ryan_a_bell More links VR ScoutERASE Child TraffickingReady Player OneGoogle's VR filmmaker Jessica BrillhartTelevision: The world's most powerful medium Music by Jahzzar ( CC-BY SA


#43 - Gideon Kennedy on Limo Ride

On today's episode we are talking with Gideon Kennedy, the Alabama-based writer and co-director of Limo Ride. Limo Ride tells the story of a ragtag group of friends who find themselves in over their heads after renting a sketchy limousine during their annual New Year's festivities Gideon shares about the genesis of the film, its basis in real life Southern bar stories, and his research into rite-of-passages stories. Limo Ride is available Oct. 14 on iTunes, Vimeo, and directly through...


#42 - Cameo Wood on Real Artists

Cameo Wood is an independent filmmaker based in San Francisco. Combining her passion for artificial intelligence, neuromarketing, and filmmaking, she recently directed her first short film Real Artists based on a short story by Ken Liu. On today's episode, she shares about the film and how it came about. Follow REAL ARTISTS on Seed & Spark and help them get to 1000 followers! Additional links: Follow Cameo Wood on Twitterrealartists.filmMorgan - the first AI-created movie trailer Music...


#41 - Emotional Honesty

Stories can cause us to feel a wide range of human emotions, but they can also be strangely manipulative. If storytelling is designed to lead an audience into an emotional experience, how do we tell the difference between real emotions and fake ones? And how do we make sure to write the real stuff? Works referenced include: Further Reading: Is Pixar Emotionally Manipulative? Cartoon Expert Michael Barrier decries Pixar 5 Most Manipulative TearjeakersWikipedia entry for Melodrama A...


#40 - The Part of the Story You Forgot

Every great movie has memorable moments. These are the scenes that end up on the poster and splashed all over the trailers. The ones you talk about for years to come. Today we are talking about the other half. The parts of the story that don't get the limelight but actually draw the audience into the characters and their situation. The human elements that actually make movies work and transform them into something larger than the sum of their parts. Movies discussed in this episode...


Kulipari: An Army of Frogs - TV Review

Last week Netflix dropped a brand new animated series, Kulipari: An Army of Frogs and it’s actually pretty good! Here's a non-spoilery breakdown of season one. Wondering where Story Punch has been lately? I'm hoping to have more episodes for you very soon. Been a little overwhelmed lately! Music by Jahzzar ( CC-BY SA Enjoying the show? Please leave a REVIEW on iTunes to help spread the word! Facebook: Twitter:...


#39 - Story Crutch

There are common mistakes that people make in their stories that prevent them from being the best they could be. Sometimes a crutch can be characters who don't get a chance to be real characters. Other times they can be tired cliches we've seen before. Often it's weighty exposition that interrupt the narrative flow. In today's episode we'll look at a few examples of how your story can go terribly wrong and what you can do to fix it. Music by Jahzzar ( Want to help...


#38 - Reverse Engineering

I've been spending more time lately working on a few stories of my own. It seems like every day I'm learning the difference betweenpicking apart and analyzing someone else's story and the much harder task of writing something of your own. When we critique someone else's work, we usually forget the long process that went into bringing that narrative to life. All we see are the flaws and the mistakes and we overlook the fact that even a bad movie is still a finished movie. A poorly executed...


#37 - Stories Come From People

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...


#36 - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

0:00 - My thoughts before watching the movie 16:00 - Non-spoiler Review 26:00 - Spoiler-filled Review


#35 - The Creative Life

Creativity is something we all hope for and aspire to. No one wants to recycle secondhand ideas or fall back on tired rote stories. We long to make something fresh and exciting to share with the world. Something original. Something personal. In today's episode we're talking about creativity, where it comes from, and how to live a life conducive to creative ideas. Hopefully you'll be encouraged wherever you're at and be reminded that you have something to offer creatively. Thanks for...


#34 - Based On A True Story

How do you tell a story based on real life? What details are you allowed to change? In this episode we look at what principles should guide the telling of a true story. We'll also look at the following movies and how accurate they are: Apollo 13 The Blind Side Erin Brockovich The Theory of Everything Remember the Titans Moneyball Thanks for listening! Leave a comment at or say hi on Twitter at @marcmadrigal Music by Jahzzar ( CC-BY SA


#33 - Breaking the Rules

Twist endings.Multiples protagonist.Complicated storylines. How does structure help a story and do you have to follow it? On today's episode we'll look at what kind of rules you need to follow in a story and why you might want to consider breaking them. Also this week I made a guest appearance on the Making Movies Is Hard podcast. Check out that episode here. Music by Jahzzar ( CC BY-SA


#32 - Creating Conflict

Conflict is a crucial part of every story. It's the driving force that moves the narrative forward. Without conflict, there can be no story. On today's episode we look at three different sources for conflict in a story: interpersonal conflict environmental conflict inner conflict Thanks for listening! Connect with me on Twitter at @marcmadrigal Music by Jahzzar ( CC BY-SA


#31 - Story Logic

A great story doesn't just grab your attention. It also makes logical sense. On today's episode, we'll talk about the two different layers in a story: how it makes sense in the moment and how it makes sense in terms of overall plot. Sometimes an exciting story falls apart as soon as you stop and think about what is happening. Sometimes a thoughtful well planned out story just isn't interesting. How do you find that balance? How can a story make sense but also keep the audience's interest?...


#30.5 - Marc and Churro Discuss Star Wars: The Force Awakens

SPOILERS for Episode VII Marc and Churro talk about The Force Awakens what they liked and some of the things they didn't like. Thanks for listening! You can find Marc and Churro on Twitter at @marcmadrigal and @churroatschool Music by Jahzzar ( CC BY-SA