The Magic of the Movies

A fun and interesting story about what goes on behind the scenes of a movie. The logic behind it is fantasy and the writer expects you to just accept that. Which is all fine and good. However, it kind of comes out of nowhere. It felt, and I’ll say it again, crowbarred into the story–just to have a cool twist. This is the biggest obstacle for audio drama’s to overcome: foreshadowing the mystery. It’s easy to do in books and films. But in audio drama, either the writer doesn’t include any foreshadowing or the foreshadowing used is subtle to the point of being unnoticed. These create a continuum where the writer has to decide how much “telling” they need to do, in order to have the mystery be solved.

Author’s hear it all the time, “show, don’t tell.” The books I’ve read, foreshadow by telling. If a person were to “show” a foreshadowing device, the individual might mistake it for something else. That’s just my thought on it and the problem isn’t the amount of foreshadowing, it’s the lack of it. When listening I couldn’t find any reason to suspect the climax of the story would be what it was.

So, what does this have to do with a fantasy story about moviemaking? Well, everything. The structure of this story is told through flashback. The protagonist tells someone in a bar the story (haven’t I seen this before?). This also raises a question of originality in the story’s structure, but let’s not open up that can of worms. The structure of the story goes back and forth between the past and present. The narrative set in the present is a mystery. The audience wants to know why this actor stopped acting? What they’ve probably come to expect, or maybe this is just me, is that a tragedy helped make his decision.

What the audience gets, or at least what I got, was surprising–in that it was original and I wasn’t expecting it. But at the same time I felt it would’ve gone better if the expected did happen. I’m all for happy endings in stories, but the story seemed dark right from the start. I mean, how many stories with happy endings start in a bar?