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Archive for November 21st, 2009

The Power of Story Nov 21

Caption Contest

Recently a contest was held to come up with a caption for the following image from Terry Border’s new book: Bent Objects: The Secret Life of Everyday Things

There were the standard lines and puns submitted:

“We need to stop getting fried so early in the day.”

“I’d like to suggest a toast. . .”

“Keeping this relationship secret from Toast was eggs-asperating.”

But the winner, utilized the power of story to brilliant comedic effect, to win top honors.

“Quietly, Coffee watched as they drank her offspring. Confident in the knowledge that neither of them would survive the morning.”

High stakes, conflict, clear primal motivations of the protagonist — all there in two sentences!

As screenwriters we must acknowledge and utilize these fundamental tools of effective storytelling. Are they present in your script?

Original link: Neatorama


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