what is a story

What is a Story?: Revenge vs. Forgiveness

One of the most popular and dramatic themes underlying the movies is revenge vs. forgiveness, with a far greater favoring of revenge in the game of perpetrator vs. victim. Somewhere in between is the quest for justice. A classic way to characterize the forgiveness vs. revenge conflict is eye for an...

What is a Story?: How to Write Dialogue That’s Meaningful

Based on personal observation, I’ve noticed there is a line of dialogue heard in virtually every movie and TV show I’ve seen recently: “Are you all right?” Sure, there are variations, like, “Are you OK?” or “You alright?” or “Is everything alright?” But, such variations are hardly worth mentioning. The line...

What is a Story?: Logistics of Making a Movie

Screenwriting gurus stress one of the keys to a successful script is “write what you know.” Well, there are many examples where the screenwriter had to know or learn much about a place or how something worked as an integral part of telling the story. Movies take us places we’ve never...

What is a Story?: Psychopath – The Ultimate Antagonist

Discerning the difference between psychopath and sociopath is enough to drive you crazy. Whatever the difference, the psychopath is one of Hollywood’s most favorite antagonists. A Google search reveals the question is a popular one. Psychopath has a bit more of a personal ring to it, which makes it scarier. According...

What is a Story: Plot – What Happens Next?

Something happens. What happens launches the film (or story). It could be an explosion, a murder, a bet, an accident, an invasion, a strange occurrence, a mystery, two people meet, getting fired, getting hired, divorce, marriage, declaration of war, press conference, award ceremony, a race, a crime, a bust, an accusation,...