Thursday, July 27, 2017

The First 15 Minutes Project: The Archive

 So back before the Road Tests of the Ultimate Story Checklist, I had a series where I would go step by step through the first 15 minutes of a film or TV pilot and figure out how they got us on the side of the hero.  Many of these eventually got checklists, but many never did, so they can only be found here (How have I never done The French Connection or The Apartment?) The above graphic is from the fifth piece below where I went through the first four and noticed something: One shortcut to sympathy is to have your white character high-five a black person. 

1 comment:

James Kennedy said...

You should make a supercut of all those instances of a (white, natch) "hero" high-fiving a (usually anonymous) black person in the first 15 minutes of the movie. This was a snarky and (as far as I know) truly original insight and I think it deserves to be better known.