Symbols are a powerful tool that can be used in virtually any story -- whether feature, pilot, short, or other. In one of his recent Lessons from the Screenplay videos, Michael Tucker (@michaeltuckerla) takes a look at two of the most powerful symbols used in the film Parasite. Take a look at the video below,... Continue Reading →
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Many of the most impactful symbols in stories are ancient in origin. Using animals, plants, and trees to represent ideas, feelings, and seasons in the human experience is a practice that dates back to the earliest stories we have record of. There are perhaps no other elements used more often in these... Continue Reading →
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Good stories are like puzzles that the audience gets to put together both individually and collectively. Some pieces require a bit more searching when looking for where they fit into the whole. These pieces often offer the biggest emotional rewards for the audience as well. Taking a common object or image in... Continue Reading →
One of the things you do as a writer and as a filmmaker is grasp for resonant symbols and imagery without necessarily fully understanding it yourself.