The Garden-path

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, March 14, 2020



One could say that it is a very trendy thing in writing, be it for movies or for graphic novels, to subvert expectations. Often, unfairly, a plot that subverts expectations is equated with ‘good, quality writing’. Tons of essays and articles have been written to refute this association, including here ...

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When the Plot is Too Busy

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Feb. 22, 2020



The plot is the spine of your story, the scaffolding upon which everything will be placed in order to create a full experience for the audience to immerse themselves in- be it a movie or a comic or a novel.

Just like the spine, however, there is a limit to ...



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Believing the Unbelievable

Banes at 12:00AM, Feb. 13, 2020

The suspension of disbelief happens automatically in readers and audiences if a story does its job.

Audiences WANT to believe in a story when they start reading or watching it.

I mean, you can' t count on everyone. I remember going to see the Benjamin Button movie and my friend ...



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QUACKCAST 465 - Planning Vs pantsing!

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Feb. 11, 2020

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There are a couple of approaches when it comes to making a big creative project: planing it all out or working things out as you go ie ...



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Time Passages

Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 26, 2019

As another year draws to a close, I'm once again thinking about how much time is flying by, more and more quickly the older I get.

Weeks whiz by like mad these days, and how quickly we've reached the end of the year reminds me that YEARS are ...

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Showing Music in Comics

Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 19, 2019



Obviously, comics don't have sound. And that includes most webcomics.

But if you want to show music playing, or being performed, how do you indicate it on a comic page?

The first method that comes to mind is just writing the lyrics in a dialogue balloon, and maybe peppering ...





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Motivation, Ideology, Action 2

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Nov. 16, 2019



Last time we talked about motivation in people, and its relationship to behavior. And I must say you all had great comments I feel deserve to be addressed, so instead of a four-part tour to the world of what makes people tick, I will add a fifth part where I ...

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QUACKCAST 444 - 3point landing

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Sept. 17, 2019

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Endings… getting them right is SO very hard. We've chatted about this before but this time Tantz has a number of good methods to make them ...



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A Phoenix Reborn as The Joker

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Sept. 16, 2019



Here is the scene:

It is pitch black, sitting in a movie theater, the lights go out and the feature film is only minutes away from beginning. The trailers begin playing and the first one is half way memorable. Then the next trailer comes on and I see a man ...



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The Death of the Method?

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 12, 2019



The Death of the Method?


In the past, I've been a proponent of the Banes Method - really, the Save the Cat Method - of story construction and story improvement.

The method became all the rage in film production in Hollywood apparently - and has received some criticism as well, for being ...






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