Trusting the Process Sets the Stage for Failure
Films come at too high a cost (both financially and personally) to allow for dysfunctional stories. Going with one’s gut instincts and hoping that it will all work out in the end sets a production on the path towards a very steep cliff. Get the story working first. Craft a solid blueprint–making allowances for serendipity and creativity–and then start production.
No use wasting everyone’s time on a shoddy foundation.
About the Author
I’ve spent the better half of two decades exploring and communicating to others all things Dramatica (or Narrative Science, whichever you prefer). In my estimation, a greater understanding of this revolutionary theory would lead to greater more meaningful storytelling. This publication, Narrative First, provides hundreds of insightful articles while my class on Narrative Science at the California Institute of the Arts offers an introduction to the theory.
The first two decades of my professional career was spent animating for several different companies–Disney and Dreamworks to name a few–and I even had a chance to work with legendary Warner Bros. director Chuck Jones. I directed a couple episodes of Dilbert the TV show (that no one saw) and even managed to sell a treatment to Dreamworks (that probably will never see the light of day). The animation industry and the people working in it are awesome…I just wished some of the films had better stories.
And that’s why I write here.