Planting and Payoff - Featuring Mad Max: Fury Road

by Lindsay Ellis

Using the concept of Chekhov’s Gun as a jumping off point, Lindsay Ellis expresses her view that audience satisfaction is largely thanks to the way a film’s narrative elements are introduced and paid off, some more obvious than others. Using Mad Max: Fury Road as an example, she sets out to support her claim that generally when an element is introduced in a film—be it plot-driven thematic or physical—it should pay off in some way and also tie into all the other narrative elements.  




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