Creative Fix

A Series About Storytelling on YouTube

CREATIVE FIX | S1:E1 | STRUCTURE | The Avengers
CREATIVE FIX | S1:E2 | Subtext | Before We Go
CREATIVE FIX | S1:E3 | INTIMACY | HOW ROMANCES HAVE TO CHANGE
CREATIVE FIX | S1:E4 | Learning | John Wick & WTF
CREATIVE FIX | S1:E5 | Theme | Modern Girls
CREATIVE FIX | S1:E6 | ANACHRONISM | Robert Cornelius
CREATIVE Fix | S1:E7 | RESEARCH | 300

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CRETIVE Fix | S1:E1 | STRUCTURE | The Avengers

Sacrilege. I know. But hear me out. 

  Matt Ferguson | Avengers Poster | 2016 | Grey Matter Art   | Film Title   The Avengers   | Director  Joss Whedon.  | Writers  Joss Whedon & Zak Penn.  | Starring  Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo.  | Release Date  May 4, 2012 (US).  | Runtime  143 min.

Matt Ferguson | Avengers Poster | 2016 | Grey Matter Art
| Film Title The Avengers
| Director Joss Whedon.
| Writers Joss Whedon & Zak Penn.
| Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo.
| Release Date May 4, 2012 (US).
| Runtime 143 min.

 
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CREATIVE Fix | S1:E2 | Subtext | Before We Go

Before We Go is excellent work by first-time director Chris Evans. However, my inner Monday-Morning-Writer has one suggestion that would have added subtext. How one change would have added additional layers of meaning to almost every scene--and helped the story resonate with audiences.

| Film Synopsis
A woman misses the 1:30 train from New York to Boston and a street musician spends the night trying to help her make it back home before her husband does. Throughout the night they learn a lot about one another and eventually find a romance.

(Small aside: I love this poster for the film.)

| SCRIPT
SE: Adding subtext is like  magic trick of meaning.

| GRAPHICS

  | Film Title   Before We Go   | Director  Chris Evans.  | Writer  Ron Bass.  | Starring  Chris Evans, Alice Eve, John Cullum.  | Release Date  July 21, 2015 (US).  | Run-time  95 min.

| Film Title Before We Go
| Director Chris Evans.
| Writer Ron Bass.
| Starring Chris Evans, Alice Eve, John Cullum.
| Release Date July 21, 2015 (US).
| Run-time 95 min.

 
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CREATIVE FIX | S1:E3 | INTIMACY | HOW ROMANCES HAVE TO CHANGE

  | Source  All Over the Internet  | Stars  Jaehyun (NCT) & V (BTS).

| Source All Over the Internet
| Stars Jaehyun (NCT) & V (BTS).

 
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CREATIVE Fix | S1:E4 | Learning | John Wick and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

John Wick and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot have enormous strengths, but both are missing one important element. How one key instance of learning would have made both films resonate more strongly with audiences.

| Film Synopsis (John Wick)
An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.

| Film Synopsis (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot)
Kim Baker, a news copywriter, decides to leave the relative comfort of her New York desk job and serious boyfriend to accept an assignment to work as an on-camera reporter in war-torn Afghanistan.

  | Film Title   John Wick   | Directors  Chad Stahelski, David Leitch (uncredited).  | Writer  Derek Kolstad.  | Starring  Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen.  | Release Date  October 24, 2014 (US).  | Runtime  101 min.

| Film Title John Wick
| Directors Chad Stahelski, David Leitch (uncredited).
| Writer Derek Kolstad.
| Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen.
| Release Date October 24, 2014 (US).
| Runtime 101 min.

  | Film Title   Whiskey Tango Foxtrot   | Directors  Glenn Ficarra, John Requa.  | Writers  Robert Carlock.  | Based on   The Taliban Shuffle  by Kim Barker.  | Starring  Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman.  | Release Date  March 4, 2016 (US).  | Runtime  112 min.

| Film Title Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
| Directors Glenn Ficarra, John Requa.
| Writers Robert Carlock.
| Based on The Taliban Shuffle by Kim Barker.
| Starring Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman.
| Release Date March 4, 2016 (US).
| Runtime 112 min.

 
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CREATIVE Fix | S1:E5 | Theme | Modern Girls

Roger & Ebert.

  | Film Title   Modern Girls   | Director  Jerry Kramer.  | Writers  Laurie Craig, Anita Rosenberg.  | Starring  Cynthia Gibb, Virginia Madsen, Daphne Zuniga.  | Release Date  November 7, 1986 (US).  | Runtime  84 min.

| Film Title Modern Girls
| Director Jerry Kramer.
| Writers Laurie Craig, Anita Rosenberg.
| Starring Cynthia Gibb, Virginia Madsen, Daphne Zuniga.
| Release Date November 7, 1986 (US).
| Runtime 84 min.

 
 
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CREATIVE Fix | S1:E6 | ANACHRONISM | Robert Cornelius

In 1839, Robert Cornelius made history on a Philadelphia street. He did it with a nothing more than a few chemicals, a set of opera glasses, a cigar box, and his good looks. Calling what he did 'The First Selfie' is just insulting.

 
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CREATIVE Fix | S1:E7 | RESEARCH | 300

It is very important to me to encourage other people to be creative and express what is truly inside them. That only becomes a problem when I feel that what someone is expressing somehow belittles someone else who cannot speak for themselves. Especially if the person who cannot speak accomplished one of the most heroic feats in the history of mankind.

| FILM SYNOPSIS

King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

  | Film Title   300   | Director  Zack Snyder.  | Writing Credits  Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad, & Michael B. Gordon (screenplay). Frank Miller & Lynn Varley (graphic novel).  | Starring  Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham.  | Release Date  March 9, 2007 (US).  | Run-time  117 min.

| Film Title 300
| Director Zack Snyder.
| Writing Credits Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad, & Michael B. Gordon (screenplay).
Frank Miller & Lynn Varley (graphic novel).
| Starring Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham.
| Release Date March 9, 2007 (US).
| Run-time 117 min.