The Shawshank Redemption is a redemption plot. This is a genre of film that looks back over life events in flashback with a voice-over and, of course, ends with a redemption. This is similar to story structures often used in L&D –when something goes wrong,and a characterreflects on it in flashback. I bring out the tropes so we can credibly work in this genre.
Rear Window is a classic movie and a technical tour de force. But it’s not the kind of technique that draws attention to itself. In this episode I look at Hitchcock’s use of the Kuleshov effect and explain the stealthy power of fundamental film technique that anyone thinking of making a video drama should be aware of.