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Floating Shapes: How to Give Stories the Right Flow

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

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.


Jakob Kirstein Høgel

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Jakob Kirstein Høgel is a producer at the leading Danish production company Meta Film as well as a film commissioner at the 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.

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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Molly M. Stensgaard is a Danish film editor who has edited most of Lars von Trier’s films including DANCER IN THE DARK, DOGVILLE, MELANCHOLIA , NYMPHOMANIAC and, soon to come, THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT. From 2006 to 2010, she was commissioning editor for feature films at the Danish Film Institute. In 2007, she was a member of the Berlinale’s International Jury.