Category Archives: Techniques and Devices

A Monster Calls: A Perfect Illustration Of Why We Tell Stories.

“It begins like so many stories with a boy too old to be a kid, too young to be a man… and a nightmare.”   — The Monster This analysis of the film contains spoilers which may differ from the book. … Continue reading

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

“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: Spoilers ahead!  Leave it to the storytelling gurus behind Pixar Animation Studio … Continue reading

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

“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 under your skin.  Oh come!  Come see what’s underneath!”  – Mister Babadook … Continue reading

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The audience’s perspective: North By Northwest and dramatic irony.

“It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.” -Carl Jung Much discussion has been given to the function of the main character’s perspective, what the Dramatica theory of story would consider the influence … Continue reading

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