Go there right now and check it out! (Then come right back!)
…And you’re back. As
you just saw, I’ve broken up the checklist to reflect my evolving view that storytelling
is a discipline made up of seven separate skills. Each skill now gets its own
Another thing that makes this checklist different from the previous two (and hopefully
better) is that I actually came up with it a
while ago, and then I spent the last few months testing my test. I applied the checklist to a lot of
my favorite movies to see how applicable and useful these questions actually
are. I used that process to prune the
less useful questions and add new ones.
Over the next several weeks, I’ll share those checklists, and
I’ll add a new feature: I’ll look at how and why each movie deviates from the norm, and
ask whether those unusual choices help or hurt the movie. This will allow me to praise the movies not
just for their orthodoxy, but their non-conformity as well, and look at ways
that breaking rules can be be good.
Tomorrow: the first checklist!