Stories from Aphorisms | Fashionable Belief

Stories from Aphorisms | Fashionable Belief

Aphorisms are especially well-suited to generating story ideas, because they often contain recommended approaches or courses of action that serve as kernels for story themes. The trick is in how to tease out the story elements from the kernel. Religion, Fashion, and...
The Man Who Was Magic (1966)

The Man Who Was Magic (1966)

A mysterious young man who can perform genuine magic attempts to gain entry into a prestigious guild of illusionists whose abilities pale in comparison to his own. Medium: Novel Writer(s): Paul Gallico Production Co.(s): Doubleday & Company Inc., 1966 ISBN:...
Gravity (2013)

Gravity (2013)

A medical engineer on her first space mission attempts to survive in the wake of a series of catastrophic events that threaten her life. Medium: Film Writer(s): Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón Director: Alfonso Cuarón Production Co.(s): Warner Bros. , Esperanto Filmoj,...
The King’s Speech (2010)

The King’s Speech (2010)

An heir to the British throne attempts to overcome a lifelong speech impediment so that he can perform his royal duties as leader of his people. Medium: Film Writer(s): David Seidler Director: Tom Hooper Production Co.(s): The Weinstein Company, UK Film Council,...
Finding Stories in the I Ching

Finding Stories in the I Ching

The I Ching ("Book of Change"), is an original Chinese classic the origin of which may lie as far back as 3,000 BCE. Is it a source of wisdom? Certainly. A source of story ideas? Now, that's an intriguing proposition. Drawing on Ancient Wisdom For thousands of years,...
Variety Lights (1950)

Variety Lights (1950)

An actor in a small-time variety troupe attempts to gain the success that he has long envisioned as his due—on the stage and in his love life. Medium: Film Writer(s): Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano Director: Federico Fellini, Alberto...
The Battleship Potemkin (1925)

The Battleship Potemkin (1925)

A mutiny aboard a Russian battleship leads to events that stoke public anger and advance the likelihood of Communist revolution against the tsarist regime. Medium: Film Writer(s): Nina Agadzhanova Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein Production Co.(s): Goskino The Story on...
Black Book (2006)

Black Book (2006)

As World War II nears its end, a young Dutch Jewess attempts to survive amidst the cruelty of the Nazi occupation in its waning months. Medium: Film Writer(s): Gerard Soeteman, Paul Verhoeven Director: Paul Verhoeven Production Co.(s): Fu Works, Egoli Tossell Film,...
The Difference Between a Story and a Tale

The Difference Between a Story and a Tale

Subtle differences exist between a "story" and a "tale." And although neither is inherently superior to the other, the differences do matter and can affect how the audience engages. Measuring the Curve of the Story Arc So, what is the primary difference between a...
Ordinary People (1980)

Ordinary People (1980)

A teenage boy attempts to find internal peace and resolution after a suicide attempt brought on, in part, by the guilt of surviving a boating accident that took the life of his brother. Medium: Film Writer(s): Alvin Sargent, Judith Guest Director: Robert Redford...