Storytelling Strategies by Paul Gulino

Storytelling Strategies takes a look at contemporary popular films and studies them for the strategies they use to tell their stories. Subjects covered have included or will include adaptation, hooking the reader, romantic comedy, horror, sci-fi, drama, fantasy, rewriting, screenwriting, character development, dialogue, plot development, theme, structure, writing inspiration, how to deal with writers block, discussions of screenwriting books, theme, premise, plot, outlining, dramatic scenes, rewriting. The column looks not only at successful films but those that are less successful and discusses strategies for improvement, tying these in turn to screenwriting craft as it applies to those seeking to master it.

Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine

Storytelling Strategies: ‘Blue Jasmine’ Blues

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Backstory is not the same as story. In order to convey backstory — background information the viewer needs in order to understand, appreciate and become emotionally involved in onscreen action — a variety of exposition techniques are available to the screenwriter. In Blue Jasmine,...