Category Archives: Story Structure

The Power of The One: Schindler’s List and The Little Girl in Red

  This article can be found in its entirety HERE.     “If I look at the mass, I will never act.  If I look at the one, I will.”  – Mother Teresa Sitting horseback atop a hill overlooking the Cracow … Continue reading

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Going deep inside the underbelly of Sicario.

  This article can be found in its entirety HERE.     “Nothing will make sense to your American ears and you will doubt everything we will do. But in the end, you will understand.” – Benicio Del Toro’s Alejandro … Continue reading

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A Look Inside the storytelling of Pixar’s Inside Out.

  This article can be found in its entirety HERE.   “Feelings or emotions are the universal language and are to be honored.  They are the authentic expression of who you are at your deepest place.”  – Judith Wright WARNING: … Continue reading

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The Babadook: when allegory meets expressionism in a therapeutic horror classic.

  You can find this article in its entirety HERE.     “I’ll wager with you.  I’ll make a bet.  The more you deny, the stronger I get.  You start to change when I get in, The Babadook growing right … Continue reading

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Two elements each of these seminal horror movies since 1960 have in common, Part II.

  You can find this article in its entirety HERE.     “I think of horror films as art, as films of confrontation. Films that make you confront aspects of your own life that are difficult to face.”  – Wes … Continue reading

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Two elements each of these seminal horror movies since 1960 have in common, Part I.

  You can find this article in its entirety HERE.     “Horror stories give us a way of exhausting our emotions around social issues, like a woman’s right to an abortion, which I always thought was the core of … Continue reading

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Keeping your audience in suspense: cognitive dissonance, narrative blurring and the horror film.

    You can find this article in its entirety HERE.    “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H.P. Lovecraft There’s something about … Continue reading

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Analyzing the farce and its reliance on character perspective

“Comedy is unusual people in real situations; farce is real people in unusual situations”  -Chuck Jones Farce is one of the most difficult, challenging forms of writing.  Perhaps more than any other genre, it relies on the writer’s complete understanding of … Continue reading

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Setting as an extension of your main character’s mind.

“Every story would be another story, and unrecognizable if it took up its characters and plot and happened somewhere else.”  – Eudora Welty We as writers all know that setting is one of the main literary components to storytelling, providing a … Continue reading

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Zen and the art of exorcising bad story analysis.

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”   – Ernest Hemingway In a prior article, Cracking A Beautiful Mind’s schizophrenic inciting incident, the distinction between goal and methodology to … Continue reading

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