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Are you interested in how movies are made? Do you wonder how a film went from conception to completion? If so Verbal Diorama, hosted by Em, is the podcast for you!

Movies are tough to make, and Verbal Diorama is here to celebrate the coming together of teams of extraordinary cast and crew, bringing us movies that inspire us, delight us, make us laugh, make us cry and petrify us. This podcast discovers the stories behind the scenes, and proves how amazing it is that movies actually exist!

Welcome to Verbal Diorama. The podcast all about the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't! Subscribe on your favourite podcast app, and enjoy new episodes every week.

Verbal Diorama Verbal Diorama

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 39 Ratings

Are you interested in how movies are made? Do you wonder how a film went from conception to completion? If so Verbal Diorama, hosted by Em, is the podcast for you!

Movies are tough to make, and Verbal Diorama is here to celebrate the coming together of teams of extraordinary cast and crew, bringing us movies that inspire us, delight us, make us laugh, make us cry and petrify us. This podcast discovers the stories behind the scenes, and proves how amazing it is that movies actually exist!

Welcome to Verbal Diorama. The podcast all about the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't! Subscribe on your favourite podcast app, and enjoy new episodes every week.

    Enchanted

    Enchanted

    Enchanted started life as something very different to what it ended up becoming. Originally conceived as an R-rated comedy with no songs, it was purchased by Touchstone Pictures and eventually made its way to becoming a Disney property, which meant a serious tone down of the material.
    Going through several directors and writers, eventually it landed with Tarzan and 102 Dalmatians director Kevin Lima. He envisaged a love letter to Disney's past, taking inspiration from Shrek and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, enlisting the song writing abilities of Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, and giving us the inimitable Amy Adams as the simply enchanting Giselle...
    I would love to hear your thoughts on Enchanted !
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    Theme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme Song
    Music by Chloe Enticott - https://www.facebook.com/watch/Compositionsbychloe/ (Compositions by Chloe )
    Lyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)
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    • 47 min
    Romancing the Stone & The Jewel of the Nile

    Romancing the Stone & The Jewel of the Nile

    Another Nanorama (episodes slightly shorter, but focusing on interesting titbits of information) on the history and legacy of 1984 smash-hit adventure romantic comedy Romancing the Stone and its rushed sequel The Jewel of the Nile...
    Romancing the Stone was written by waitress Diane Thomas, and in a true rags-to-riches story was sold to producer Michael Douglas for $250,000. Filmed on location in the Mexican jungle, Romancing the Stone was beset with problems, but the real issues were going on behind the scenes, because 20th Century Fox thought it would be a huge flop...
    The Jewel of the Nile was rushed into production to capitalise on the huge success of Romancing the Stone, but it was a production with more problems that its predecessor. From the change in writer and director, to Kathleen Turner's unwillingness to return and subsequent lawsuit threat. Illness would plagued the shoot in Morocco and multiple tragedies would occur, too.
    But when the going gets tough...

    • 35 min
    Mortal Kombat (1995) & Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

    Mortal Kombat (1995) & Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

    GET OVER HERE!
    In a change to the scheduled episode, a smaller Nanorama (episodes slightly shorter, but focusing on interesting titbits of information) on the history and legacy of the original Mortal Kombat film adaptation from 1995, and its much maligned sequel...
    YOUR SOUL IS MINE!
    Mortal Kombat, as a video game, was a worldwide phenomenon. It made sense to make it into a movie. It really was an unprecedented hit, too. And it all started with the arcade game for Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Midway Games' love of Jean-Claude Van Damme....
    TEST YOUR MIGHT!
    Mortal Kombat: Annihilation promised three times the ambition of the first movie, with more fights, more special effects and more Outworld. It did follow through on those promises, to be fair to varying degrees of success, but there was some genuine innovation behind the scenes...
    FINISH HER!
    https://thatsequelguy.wordpress.com/2021/03/05/fatality-to-friendship-mortal-kombat-annihilation-1997/ (Dom O'Brien's article on Mortal Kombat: Annihilation)
    FLAWLESS VICTORY!
    MOOORTALLL KOMMMBATTT!!!

    • 40 min
    Team America: World Police

    Team America: World Police

    Team America: World Police started out as an homage to Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds mixed with Jerry Bruckheimer all-action, post 9/11 US foreign policy and a hint of disaster movies. It's likely that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone simply had no idea what they were in for when they agreed to make this movie and release it in October 2004.
    They had five months(!)
    Five months to make a fully practical movie starring marionettes, with scale sets and explosions and montages and sex! With zero CGI.
    Did they do it? Bleep yeah. This episode explains how, and why we should be retrospectively praising this movie for more than its satire.
    I would love to hear your thoughts on Team America: World Police !
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    T-shirts inspired by The Mummy (1999) with more collections to come!
    EPISODE THANKS TO....
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    Theme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme Song
    Music by Chloe Enticott - https://www.facebook.com/watch/Compositionsbychloe/ (Compositions by Chloe )
    Lyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)
    Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studio
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Suicide Squad (2021)

    The Suicide Squad (2021)

    Heroes Through the Decades comes to a close in the 2020s with The Suicide Squad, proving that even villains can become heroes when given a second chance. Literally.
    When David Ayer's Suicide Squad was released in 2016, it was not the original movie he envisioned. Affected by the critical hammering of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros set about making Suicide Squad lighter and more comedic, and David Ayer's version of the movie was substantially changed. The movie was a huge financial success in 2016, but a critical flop. Hence all the calls to #ReleaseTheAyerCut.
    While a sequel to Suicide Squad had been planned to happen immediately after, several factors, including the unavailability of Will Smith and Margot Robbie, and David Ayer choosing not to return meant the sequel remained unmade...
    That was until James Gunn was fired by Disney over controversial ten-year-old tweets in July 2018. This was an opportunity Warner Bros and DC jumped on immediately, hiring Gunn and giving him free reign over whatever DC projects he wanted to make.
    He chose to make his version of Suicide Squad. The Suicide Squad.
    And, excuse the inappropriate pun, but it's marvellous.
    I would love to hear your thoughts on The Suicide Squad (2021) !
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    T-shirts inspired by The Mummy (1999) with more collections to come!
    EPISODE THANKS TO....
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    Andy for his patron thoughts. You can find him @geeksaladradio on Twitter and his podcast Geek Salad on all your podcast apps.
    Derek for his patron thoughts. You can find him @derekjones198 on Twitter and his podcast The Midnight Myth on all your podcast apps.
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    Theme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme Song
    Music by Chloe Enticott - https://www.facebook.com/watch/Compositionsbychloe/ (Compositions by Chloe )
    Lyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)
    Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studio
    https://www.captivate.fm/signup?ref=emmcgowan (This podcast is hosted by Captivate, try it yourself for free.)

    • 1 hr 5 min
    X-Men: First Class

    X-Men: First Class

    After the financial success of X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men spin-offs X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men Origins: Magneto were both being developed at about the same time at 20th Century Fox. Due to the Writer's Guild of America strike in 2007-2008, production on Magneto was halted and put on the back burner, whereas Wolverine managed to scrape through the system. When Wolverine was released and didn't do quite as well as Fox hoped, the idea for an Origins franchise, and specifically the Magneto spin-off, was shelved, until the idea for a young X-Men movie came back into executives' minds after dabbling in it in the mid 2000s.
    The two ideas for young X-Men and a Magneto origin story, along with the name X-Men: First Class, were mushed together to start a new trilogy. There were serious time constraints on this production though. It would end up coming together in just thirteen(!) months, with literal days between finishing the post-production and its premiere. The fact X-Men: First Class is as xceptional as it is, well, it's quite miraculous.
    I would love to hear your thoughts on X-Men: First Class !
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    Give this podcast a five-star https://verbaldiorama.com/rateandreview (Rate & Review)
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    Thank you to all the patrons Simon E, Sade, Claudia, Simon B, Laurel, Derek, Vern, Kristin, Cat, Andy, Mike, Griff, Luke, Emily, Michael, Scott, Brendan, Ian M, Lisa, Sam, Will, Jack, Dave, Chris, Stuart, Ian D, Sunni and Drew
    BRAND-NEW https://verbaldiorama.com/merch (Merch) STORE!!
    T-shirts inspired by The Mummy (1999) with more collections to come!
    EPISODE THANKS TO....
    Most excellent patrons:
    Andy and Mike for their patron thoughts. You can find them @geeksaladradio / @gundam_guyver on Twitter and their podcast Geek Salad on all your podcast apps.
    Sunni for her patron thoughts. You can find her @bookofliespod on Twitter and her podcast Book of Lies on all your podcast apps.
    Derek for his patron thoughts. You can find him @derekjones198 on Twitter and his podcast The Midnight Myth on all your podcast apps.
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    Theme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme Song
    Music by Chloe Enticott - https://www.facebook.com/watch/Compositionsbychloe/ (Compositions by Chloe )
    Lyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)
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    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Harley Mumford ,

Movie History Made Fun

I am in awe of this wonderful podcast. The host Em brings an infectious amount of joy and passion to each movie, along with an incredible amount of research that shines a light on the amount of hard work and dedication that goes into creating them. This is a show that will delight, fascinate and enlighten movie fans everywhere. Also, the theme tune is an absolute banger!

JoshyMcsquashy ,

Verbal Dioramazing

A great concept which is fantastically engaging, entertaining and informative.

Get yourself subscribed to this one

craigsg1 ,

Very interesting and fun

This was recommended by another great show (rewind movie podcast) so an episode of my favourite film Aliens came along I had to listen and I learnt a lot of things I didn’t know. Mainly about the pre history of the film but also takes about some different aspects than other podcasts so I will definitely go through the back catalogue and any new shows. Thank you for a great podcast.

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