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Floating Shapes: How to Give Stories the Right Flow

15.02.2016 - Steve Matthews, Molly M. Stensgaard, moderated by Jakob Kirstein Høgel

The wide format of drama series offers space to create worlds and send characters and audience on the long roads to love or perdition. But the greater number of possibilities enjoyed by the creative team, the more important it becomes to define a clear structure from the very beginning. Steve Matthews, Executive Producer of Drama Development at HBO Europe, and editor Molly M. Stensgaard (Dogville, Nymphomaniac: Vol. I & II, Norskov) reveal how to find the cinematic language of a drama series, stay true to narrative frameworks and react to contingencies met along the way. Considering storytelling as a "Gesamtkunstwerk" of all arts, the experts jointly elaborate on how to create a holistic viewing experience and an unmistakably recognizable style later for the audience.



Experts of this programme event:

Steve Matthews


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Steve was consulting producer on Neil Jordan’s THE BORGIAS for Showtime, and produced four series of RTE’s award-winning Dublin gangster series LOVE/HATE. He was formerly script editor at the BBC on SILENT WITNESS and was co-creator of Channel 5’s late night horror series URBAN GOTHIC. He is currently Executive Producer for Drama Development at HBO Europe.


Molly M. Stensgaard


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Danish film editor who has edited most of Lars von Trier’s films including DANCER IN THE DARK, DOGVILLE, MELANCHOLIA and NYMPHOMANIAC. From 2006 to 2010, she was commissioning editor for feature films at the Danish Film Institute. She is a lecturer at the Binger Filmlab, and in 2007 she was a member of the Berlinale International Jury.



Moderated by

Jakob Kirstein Høgel


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Producer at the leading Danish production company, Meta Film, film commissioner at West Danish Film Fund and co-initiator of Rough Cut Service together with the world's leading documentary editors. He has a dubious past in anthropology and cheese making.