Special Relativity in Storytelling

What are the essential building blocks of a story? What are those elements that, when we dilute a story down to it’s pure essentials, stare back at us? If I had to bet my savings I’d go with “I don’t know,” but for the sake of discussion lets say this:

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Chekhov’s Gun & Boyhood

I need to start by saying how wonderful it is that Boyhood is getting the recognition it deserves. The genius & courage of Richard Linklater is vastly under appreciated by the general public. I hope he wins all the Oscars ever and never has to fight for financing for the rest of his life.

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How Not To Screw Up Your Script With A Terrible Title

The brilliant painter Walton Ford saves painting the eyes of his animals until the last possible moment. Why? Because that’s the most exciting part, he says. That’s where all the life is – the eyes. The soul. His fear is that if he painted the eyes… he’d lose interest and not work as hard on the rest of the animal. Its posture. Its fur.

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Amateur Guitar Solos

Look at the composition of Stairway to Heaven. A single guitar softly works its way through the classic lick. Some kind of flute comes in. Eventually, Plant comes in with the vocals, but again… very soft. Delicate.

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