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Rob Grauert
What that one story concept....
on Dec 30, 2009 at 3:28:37 am

There is a story concept that I'm interested in and I'm sure it originated from a movie...I just don't think I ever saw that movie. I know The Simpsons made an episode like this as well.

Basically, all the characters start out in a common scene. Then they go their separate ways. The viewers sees each character's story one by one, but you always see a glimpse of another character's story.

What is this concept? Or where did it come from? I'd love to kinda build on it for something at work...that wouldn't be plagiarism, would it? I'd assume No since the Simpsons did it.

Thanks!

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grinner hester
Re: What that one story concept....
on Dec 30, 2009 at 3:00:01 pm

Subplots came from the idea that viewers get bored with one plot. Ya build intrest then yank em away, ensuring they'll stick around till ya bring that plot back. Meanwhile ya bait another.



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Rob Grauert
Re: What that one story concept....
on Dec 30, 2009 at 3:10:37 pm

hmm....i understand what you mean, but I don't think it's what I mean, haha.

What I'm thinking of is all the characters start in a common scene. When they split up, you follow one character's story to the end. Then you go back to that common scene and follow another character's story to the end. Then you go back to the common scene and so on.

I've been trying to find the Simpson's episode that did this, but maybe I can just develop my idea more and pitch it to my coworkers without showing them an example done by someone else.

Thanks though!

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Mark Suszko
Re: What that one story concept....
on Dec 30, 2009 at 3:15:28 pm

Well, it sounds like you're referring to Kurosawa's "Rashomon" there.


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Mark Suszko
Re: What that one story concept....
on Dec 30, 2009 at 3:14:46 pm

Um... every Robert Altman movie he ever made?:-)

I'm trying to think of a word that describes that kind of group narrative. Parallel Action, maybe, which goes back to the earliest edited silent films like Life of a Fireman.

It could also be called non-linear story telling, I suppose. In the print world they once called such stories hyperfiction because they used hypertext links to let you navigate the story in any order fron any character viewpoint. It didn't really take off and become popular back then. Too different.


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Rob Grauert
Re: What that one story concept....
on Dec 30, 2009 at 4:16:04 pm

Ahh, I found the SImpsons episode I was thinking of:

http://www.wtso.net/movie/342-1218_Trilogy_of_Error.html

Apparently it's a parody of Run Lola Run. I will have to rent this movie.

Thanks guys!



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Anthony Marzilli
Re: What that one story concept....
on Dec 30, 2009 at 5:50:53 pm

If I remember correctly... Run Lola Run is a bit different. The movie starts stuff happens... and then it ends.... but then they start it over again if ONE thing happened different it goes from there. Then they start it over again and change one more thing and so on. It's pretty much the same story over and over with a little more added every time. It follows only one character. So I don't think it's what your looking for but still an interesting watch.


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Rob Grauert
Re: What that one story concept....
on Dec 30, 2009 at 6:18:24 pm

Nah, it is what I was looking for. I was looking for the Simpsons episode. I wanted to know the story concept/movie reference to help me find the episode via Google. Wasn't really interested in the movie itself. I'm sure the Simpsons episode is slightly different from the movie.

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Alan Lloyd
Re: What that one story concept....
on Dec 30, 2009 at 7:22:16 pm

They also did the little stills montages into the lives of the people she passed as she ran.


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Shane Ross
Re: What that one story concept....
on Dec 31, 2009 at 6:20:46 am

Mark nailed it. RASHOMON by Akira Kurosawa was the first to do this. FAR before the SIMPSONS.



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Ron Gerber
Re: What that one story concept....
on Dec 31, 2009 at 3:23:46 pm

The most recent film I can think of that uses that style of storytelling is "Vantage Point" - if you have any of the movie channels, it's probably on right now.



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Mike Cohen
Re: What that one story concept....
on Dec 31, 2009 at 6:36:37 pm

Vantage Point looked good in the preview, but Forest Whitaker ruined the movie - although the end was pretty good.

This concept reminds me of Lost - the show starts with the plane crash. Then over 5 seasons, using flashbacks and nonlinear storytelling we see how everyone fits together, and we always wind up back where we started.

Mike Cohen



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Jeremy Garchow
Re: What that one story concept....
on Dec 31, 2009 at 8:47:03 pm

There's also Timecode. You follow a bunch of characters simultaneously (not what you want).

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0220100/

Also, Momento?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0209144/



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adam taylor
Re: What that one story concept....
on Jan 4, 2010 at 12:55:12 pm

also sounds a bit like "Magnolia"

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