Story Shamans Podcast – Episode 5 – Mission Impossible Series


Mission Impossible

Mission Impossible 2

Mission Impossible III

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation


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The Seven Seasons


Story Shamans Podcast – Episode 1 – Nolan’s Batman


Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America 3: Civil War …kinda.


  • Batman Begins was originally released on June 15th, 2005.
  • What’s Batman Beyond, you ask? Click here.
  • Heath Ledger DID receive an Academy Award for best supporting actor, in 2009, posthumously.
  • In 2009, The Dark Knight was nominated for:
    • Best Performance by a Supporting Actor – Heath Ledger WON!
    • Cinematography – Wally Pfister
    • Film Editing – Lee Smith
    • Makeup – John Caglion Jr., and Conor O’Sullivan
    • Sound Editing – Richard King WON!
    • Sound Mixing – Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo and Ed Novick
    • Visual Effects – Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber and Paul Franklin
    • Art Direction – Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Peter Lando
  • Schindler’s List was, indeed, nominated for Best Picture in 1994, and won.
  • What’s Batman: Knightfall you ask? Click here.


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Full Circle



Season 7 (part 3) – The Beginning

Season 7

Dramatic Structure:

Season 7 has 3 areas of concern:


Season 1 expressed its origin theme via “old world.”
Season 3 expressed its origin theme via “repercussions.”
Season 5 expressed its origin theme via “formations.”

Season 7’s origin theme:

“The Beginning”

This refers to both:

  • Beginning of Your Story
  • Beginning of Your Series

Sometimes these are the same thing, but not always.

The “beginning of your story” is all about going back to where your story “really” began. The true origin of your tale.

While the “beginning of your series” is all about the things that occurred in season 1, when your series began.

Beginning of Your Story

The true beginning of everything.

Season 7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is all about this “beginning of your story” idea. The season focuses heavily on the very first Slayer. How she came to be, where the Slayer power originates from, and how the evil she fights first came into the world. Notice all these themes weren’t dramatized in season 1 of the show. But they are all directly related to the show’s mythology and the beginning of the story of the Slayer and the evil she fights. It’s the true beginning of the Slayer story.

Beginning of Your Series

This is where you go back to the beginning of the show as it unfolded in season 1.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer again!

While Buffy season 7 was certainly knee deep in the “beginning of your story” idea, it also did a whole lot of “beginning of your series.” The season is all about the Hellmouth underneath the (re-opened) Sunnydale High School. She may be a counselor now, but it’s all about Buffy back in high school again!

The Hellmouth, Buffy in high school, these are hallmarks of the first season, and first era, of the show. So Buffy the Vampire Slayer did both, the “beginning of the story,” and the “beginning of the series.”

But what about a show where the story started at the beginning of the series?

Where the “beginning of the story,” and the “beginning of the series,” are the same thing?

No problem. Just hit both at the same time.

We see this in The Shield. Season 7 focused almost entirely on the past crimes the Strike Team committed in the first episode, and first era, of the show. Killing fellow cop Terry and robbing the Armenian money train, among others. Shane even writes a confession letter, detailing all of the Strike Team’s transgressions – starting again with Terry’s murder, at the beginning.

At the same time, Mackey’s secured an immunity deal for himself. All he has to do is confess to all of his crimes on tape. Recount all of his transgressions. Which he does, starting back at the beginning, with shooting Terry in the face.

Here with The Shield, the “beginning of the story” and the “beginning of the series” are essentially the same thing.

When putting together your season 7, make sure to include both.