Narrative Lens

The Art of Cinematic Storytelling

November 19, 2016

The most important objective in storytelling requires keeping the audience’s attention engaged in the moment to moment as the plot unfolds. Some storytellers have an intuitive understanding of how to maintain this attention, but the rest of us need to develop those ski...

November 19, 2016

What’s the narrative? What’s the story? What’s the difference? I’ll ask a student “what’s the story?” and I’ll invariably get a laborious account of the plot. “No, the story. What’s the ‘story?'” “Oh,” they say… and then their eyes glaze over as they fall into a repose...

November 19, 2016

Okay, so what is the difference between story and plot? And is it really an important distinction? And most important, how does the distinction help tell a story?

Let’s try a metaphor:

Story is like the ingredients to a recipe, while plot is how you use those ingredients...

November 19, 2016

These books are all a must when it comes to learning about storytelling and directing.

“Making Movies” by Sydney Lumet

If you want to find a wealth of sage advice about directing movies, here’s an immanently readable and anecdotal page turner by one of the greats in the...

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