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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Podcast Episode 51: From fan to writer, Mad Max:Fury Road

In this special podcast Danny Stack and I talk to one of the co-writers of Mad Max: Fury Road - Brendan McCarthy. Brendan is not your typical writer, which is why what he said totally resonated with me. He is an artist and designer too. He tells stories through pictures - which is what films, especially action films, should be. So I would describe him as a 'visual storytelling' expert and advocate.

Do not listen to this podcast if you have not seen the new Mad Max and you intent to soon. Brendan is open about talking about the whole of the story and the process, including the conclusion and third act. 

Here's the trailer to remind you of the film and its powerful imagery:

In the podcast we talk about:

  • How Brendan moved from being a fan of the early Mad Max films into working on the new one
  • Why Fury Road took 17 years to make
  • What happened when Mel Gibson was no longer attached and how that effects the story
  • The 'weight' that actors bring to the story
  • How working on comics and design fed into films
  • How he doesn't fit into a convenient box meaning some people struggle on how to 'sell him'

And we also talked about the role of women in the film, which has caused some discussion on line. Here's a short featurette that explores that more.

If you want to find out more about Brendan then here's his page -
And here's another interview he did recently, text based!

Any issues - click on the pic below to go to the homepage of the podcast.

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