The Building Blocks of Story

Via: Future of StoryTelling

Streamed live on 8 Apr 2015
Bryan Delaney joins FoST Founder Charlie Melcher to discuss the four things every story needs to elevate it to the next level.

All good stories are built using just four fundamental storytelling building blocks. Playwright, screenwriter, dramaturg, and script doctor Bryan Delaney has led workshops based on these four key points, including one at the 2014 FoST summit. By paring down stories and taking a look at their core elements, it’s possible to build a checklist of tenets around which to build stories and brands.

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Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling.

Originally tweeted by Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats but produced into a free e-Book by her fellow staff colleague Stephan Bugaj, this eBook ‘expounds’ on each topic in detail. It is not actually Pixar’s rule book of storytelling, but a compilation of some ways in which staff at Pixar have formulated and developed their stories over the years.

Storytelling The Stillmotion Way: Part 1


Storytelling The Stillmotion Way: Part 1

Via the site: “As a storyteller you have the opportunity to connect with your audience on a very deep level, to make people feel, think, and act — but only if you do it right! Storytelling may seem simple, and in a way it is. Some very basic principles are at the basis of it all. It’s remembering these principles and making every decision, from pre- to post-production, based on them, that is the key to great storytelling.”

Source: Still Motion

Storytelling The Stillmotion Way: Part 2


Storytelling The Stillmotion Way: Part 2

Via the site: “Today Patrick and his team will be discussing pre-production, and how they use research to develop keywords to guide the production. From conducting pre-interviews, to scouting locations, to developing conflict and story, these keywords will help you develop the four P’s of storytelling — People, Place, Plot, and Purpose — that we discussed in the last segment.”

Source: Still Motion

Storytelling The Stillmotion Way: Part 3


Storytelling The Stillmotion Way: Part 3

 Via the site: “A storyboard is a way to organize and visually represent the main shots of your film.
-Making a storyboard allows you to be more thoughtful aboutcompositionlens choices, and transitions and to be prepared for the big day.
-In addition, it’s helpful to share a storyboard with clients and your crew in order to let others involved in on your vision, to promote discussion and generate feedback. Sometimes a full storyboard isn’t necessary, and a shot list might be better.”

Source: stillmotion