Nine Clocks For Your Hero to Race Against

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Conflict is a necessity in good storytelling. One of the strongest ways you can increase the conflict in your story is to compress time. There’s perhaps no greater thrill for an audience than watching a character race against a merciless clock. Here are nine clocks to challenge your hero with. 1. THE... Continue Reading →

3 Frameworks for Building a Strong Story

  by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) There are an unlimited number of premises that a story can be based on. Some stories are character-driven. Others are concept-driven. Still others combine elements of both approaches. Regardless of which approach you begin your story with, you’ll eventually have to deal with the other. If you begin with a... Continue Reading →

4 Ways to Open Your Screenplay With a Bang

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) More than any other scene, the opening sequence of your screenplay must be captivating. It must intrigue us in some way. But what about the very first image the audience sees? Are there ways to master visual storytelling that entrance the viewer from the very first second light hits the screen? Here... Continue Reading →

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