What does that Game of Thrones finale tell us about how we plot our own life stories? w/Westside vs the World director Michael Fahey

What does that Game of Thrones finale tell us about how we plot our own life stories? w/Westside vs the World director Michael Fahey

It’s a BONUS episode! And there are SPOILERS!

Obviously, we wanted talk about the end of Game of Thrones. It’s not that we’re terribly upset about it, but wow there’s a lot of pissed off people on the internet. Beyond that, it got us thinking about our personal stories, about beginnings and endings, and how difficult it might be to tell the true story of someone’s life in a film or TV show.

Here’s what we came up with:

  • What did we love and hate most about the way the individual stories played out at the end of the show?
  • To what extent do each of us plot out our personal stories in our heads before we make big decisions? 
  • If we know where we want to end up, how do we choose our steps along the way?
  • How much impact do comments from people on YouTube and social media about the decisions we’ve made (that affect who we work with and the content we produce) have on us?
  • How is storytelling different in fiction vs documentary/real life?

We’re joined on the panel in the first segment by Connor O’Neal who produces the video version of the show and handles Mike’s YouTube channel. Our panel discussion kicks off from the jump.

Michael Fahey, director of the documentary Westside vs The World, joins us about 39:00 to give his perspective on presenting the stories of real people on film in a way that’s both accurate and entertaining. (And commercially viable.)

Westside vs The World, which details the history of Louie Simmons and Westside Barbell, is now available for rent or purchase on most steaming platforms. You can find Michael on Instagram at @westsidefilm, on Facebook at facebook.com/westsidefilm, on Twitter at  @westsidefilm, and at the website: www.westsidevstheworld.com

Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal (@connoroneal).

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

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