We talk about using history as the source material for your writing, looking at iconic history-inspired films, non-fiction films nominated for the 2014 Oscars, and helpful resources for finding out about true lives and events that might inspire you. Screenwriter Jason Ginsburg returns as co-host.
Let us know what you think about the ethics of adapting true events and lives. When it comes to taking artistic liberties with history, where do you draw the line? Does a story’s entertainment value always trump its veracity?
Referenced in the episode:
The Hindenburg (1975 film)
Hindenburg: The Last Flight
The King and I
Anna and the King
Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History
The Sting Man: Inside Abscam
Dallas Buyers Club
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
The History Channel
Military / American Heroes Channel
Cool Chicks from History
History Extra Podcast
(Note: Jim Shepard’s story collection LIKE YOU’D UNDERSTAND ANYWAY was incorrectly titled as YOU WOULDN’T UNDERSTAND ANYWAY. Sorry Mr. Shepard)
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More about this show, for new listeners:
In The Narrative Breakdown, Cheryl Klein, James Monohan, and other guest co-hosts discuss storytelling tips and techniques of interest to any writer, student, or fan of quality creative writing, screenwriting, playwriting, fan fiction, English literature, etc. Each episode, Cheryl and James draw upon their respective experiences in publishing and filmmaking to analyze popular novels, movies, plays, television shows, short stories, and song lyrics. Featuring various co-hosts and writers, as well as material from Cheryl Klein’s book ‘Second Sight’ and James’ iPhone / iPad app ‘The Storyometer.’