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Good Trouble: A TV Show that Uses Interesting Storytelling Techniques

Updated: Mar 20, 2020

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Freeform’s new show Good Trouble, starring The Fosters stars Maia Mitchell and Cierra Ramirez, takes an adventurous look into the lives of wild and free young people residing in Los Angeles, California. Seasoned with stories of drama, sex, work and more, Good Trouble is extremely entertaining to watch. Besides the stories themselves, the ways in which these stories are told contribute to the overall enjoyment of the show.

For instance, many of the episodes begin at the end, or middle, therefore confusing viewers at first and then leading them to put the pieces together. In doing so, it creates a “want” to see what led to that end or middle point. Starting at the end also sets a tone for the episode that will unfold. I also like how they often cut between shots from different time periods in the episode- they often do this during sex scenes, which intensifies the scene and is a nice change of pace in comparison to a straight up sex scene with no cuts to other scenes. Considering this show features a lot of intercourse, this technique really breaks up each passionate scene so that it doesn’t feel overdone.

The use of slow motion in this show is practiced skillfully, and used only for a few seconds where it is felt necessary. This heightens the drama of the scene at hand, and I often find myself honing in on all the details of the actor and shot in general when the slow motion effect is used. Many times this effect is used when a character is turning to see something or someone, or is realizing something important, and this brings such depth to the characters. Emotions and facial expressions often speak so much more than words can, and I feel like I learn a lot about each character through these shots, especially since they are the focus of the shot.

Each of these techniques and much more are used in an effort to better the storytelling of this great show. For me, it makes it more intriguing to watch because it is different from many shows that cover similar topics: drama, sex, love, work. Often, these techniques are found in more intense shows such as crime solving or mystery/sci-fi shows. Therefore it is refreshing to see them used in a somewhat lighter story. In this way, Good Trouble has actually inspired some of my own ideas and I have noticed myself playing around with the type of shots and edits that are available for me to use more than I had prior to watching.

If you haven’t already, check out Good Trouble on Freeform! Adventurous, sexy, and fun, all tied together with an array of creative shot and filming techniques, Good Trouble is uniquely brilliant!

~Francesca Reviews

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