An in-depth discussion of the Science Fiction epic Interstellar, written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan and directed by Christopher Nolan. Daniel Calvisi, author of the “Story Maps” series of screenwriting books, is joined by Steve Lam, writer for Topics discussed include characters and character arcs, 5-6 act story structure, major themes, the Interstellar screenplay, Nolan’s use of IMAX technology and practical sets, science vs. science fiction, performances, production history, and comparisons to films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Gravity and many others.

This podcast was recorded on November 9, 2014,
opening weekend of INTERSTELLAR.
Please excuse any inaccuracies we may have
about the story as we’d only
seen the film once.

Audio stream: [audio:]

Story Maps Screenwriting Podcast #13: Interstellar is the latest entry in my ongoing study of Christopher Nolan’s films and screenplays. If you’re interested in learning more about Nolan’s storytelling methods and structural secrets, visit my Podcast page and purchase the e-book I wrote with William Robert Rich, STORY MAPS: The Films of Christopher Nolan. You may purchase it in printable PDF format here or on Amazon in Kindle format here.

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Good Luck and Happy Writing,


Special Offer on Story Maps E-Books“Dan has a no-nonsense approach to screenplay analysis that cuts through the bull and delivers the goods. A must read for serious screenwriters.”
-J. Stephen Maunder, Writer/Director

“…as much as an analysis of Nolan the filmmaker as it is an analysis of story structure within his films.”
-Script Magazine


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