Ep 97: Elements 11 – Plot. Doug Dillaman talks to Pip Adam about Formula 1: Drive To Survive S3E9

In the fourth episode in the Plot season of Elements, I talk to Doug Dillaman about plot and narrative and what it is to write it.

There are four seasons in the Elements series. We’ll be talking about Plot until June. I realised now I used the word ‘Plot’ because I liked the way it sounded with ‘Place’. When I talk about plot what I mean is how a story works. I’m talking about things like narrative and structure but also, something more basic than that – ideas like, Why are some of the world *in* the story and why are some *not in* it? What makes a story ‘finished’? What does a story need to do to make us satisfied?

Doug Dillaman

Some of the things we talk about are:

Formula 1: Drive to Survive is a Netflix Original series which you can read about here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formula_1:_Drive_to_Survive

Doug’s film You Could Have Seen The Mona Lisa is showing at the 2021 Doc Edge Festival 4-11 June https://festival.docedge.nz/film/you-could-have-seen-the-mona-lisa/

Doug’s podcast which he makes with Steve Skeet and Darren Waugh is Ludicrously Specific


Doug’s feature is Jake and you can read about it and find out how to see it here:


Doug is on Twitter https://twitter.com/dillamonster


Think of a scene, or take a scene you have already written. Now tell it in the following ‘shots’: Drone Shot Fly-over, Establishing Long Shot, Mid-shot, Close-up, Close-up, Mid-shot, Establishing Long Shot, Drone Shot Fly-over. You could even storyboard it.

Thank you Copyright Licensing New Zealand for funding the Elements series.

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