This elegant animated film so clearly lays out the three act structure in one succinct scene, plus a "cliffhanger" ending... All this, while subtly delivering a compelling message, without spoon feeding the audience. Because a story can seem simple, people often forget that story is architecture, which is, at its core, math and engineering... But rather than numbers and physics, the quotients of filmmaking are plot, character motivation and conflict. Sometimes, allowing onese
Why this story? Why now? Why should people care? Why do YOU care? Whether writing a broad comedy, in which you can finally take a mocking revenge on high school bullies, or a gritty drama that sears the soul with the aching beauty of the human experience (wow, that was over the top!), make sure you distinguish between merely wanting to write and being compelled to write this story, right now. If you don't feel a thrill of excitement at the idea of typing Fade Out on the st
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Hannibal: "After your father's murder, you were orphaned. You were ten years old. You went to live with cousins on a sheep and horse ranch in Montana. And...?" Silence of the Lambs Does where your character grew up inform who they are today? Charlotte: "That was the worst lunch." Bob: "So bad. What kind of restaurant makes you cook your own food?"
Lost in Translation Does the very strangeness of the setting force fish out of water together, or further divide your characters
Has your protagonist always wanted to fly like an eagle, but has a hedgehog's body? Has your irritable antagonist always had a tiger's appetite, but suffers from a vegetarian stomach? Was your sidekick bullied because of a specific feature, say a set of particularly oversized ears? Creating unique characters is an exercise in insight. One must dig into one's own perspective, unearthing traits and facts that an audience has never before seen in a character. If taken as a simpl