STORY DYNAMICS

Story Dynamics depiction

TOOLS

Use the tools of Story Dynamics--establishing image, dramatic potential, matched potential, and a narrative question--to engineer successful dramatic stories.


ESTABLISHING IMAGE

An image, series of images, or anything--e.g., introductory quotes, scrolls of text, or narrations-- that serves the function of foretelling subtly what the story will be about narratively or thematically, typically without being a part of the storyline itself. Where no establishing image is present, the movie title, the first scene, or the first line of dialogue can serve the same purpose, perhaps collectively. The establishing image functions like sagacious quotes that lead off essays or chapters of books, or topical sentences that introduce paragraphs. It tells us what you're going to tell us, it focuses our attention on what's important in your story, it piques our curiosity.



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