Making Movies that Matter
Watching a Movie vs. Participating in a Story: Where Do Movies Go Wrong?
The goal of great storytelling is to engage the audience’s emotions so as to allow them to enter into a character’s adventures and learn the lessons therein as if it was their own lives. Here’s a look at some stories that accomplish this, and some which do not.
Aesop – Essential, Classical Elements of Storytelling
How the elements found in Aesop’s Fables are still the foundation of great stories today.
Character, Not Characterization
Understanding that the qualities from within a character are the ones that make them most relatable to an audience.
Aristotle noted that a great story is “an imitation of men in action.” In order to have high stakes and suspense, the choices must be life-changing. How to create stories that are driven by irrevocable choices of the characters.
Breaking Down ‘Up’
An up-close look at the genius of Pixar through the mini-movie sequence that masters every element of great storytelling- without dialogue!
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Writing Visually
The three senses in which a story needs to be visual.
Creating Haunting Moments in Your Movie
How to effectively use imagery and paradox to create the key moments in your story that will haunt your audience after they’ve left the theater.
Making Movies That Matter Full Set (8 Podcasts)
The Emotional Power of Visual Poetry
Poetic imagery in screenwriting was introduced in the podcast Harnessing the Power of Visual Writing. In this podcast, Barbara Nicolosi delves deeper into the rich concept of writing poetically for the screen. Learn why visual imagery is so powerful in stories, what works and what doesn’t, and the use of paradox to enrich your theme.
So You Have a Movie Idea
Many people at one time or another have an idea for a movie. But is it a viable idea? In this podcast, Barbara Nicolosi and Vicki Peterson explain all the key elements needed for a commercial film. Learn what Hollywood wants to know about your story.
Harnessing the Power of Visual Writing
Barbara Nicolosi and Vicki Peterson discuss writing in the particular, visual arenas, poetic imagery, visual metaphors and more.
What Flannery Knew
Barbara Nicolosi discusses Flannery O’Connor’s use of paradox to create haunting moments in storytelling.
Act One Story Symposium, October 2008
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