Saturday, January 21, 2017

Set Pieces, Part 5: Entertainment

A series this week on set pieces: A scene or set of scenes with a big idea, feel and/or scope to them, oftentimes associated with major plot points, and always about entertainment.

“Citizen Kane’ (1941)

Part 5: Entertainment

Spin the plot. Emotional meaning. Stakes. Complications, Roadblocks and Reversals. All things you need to consider when brainstorming and crafting set pieces. But set pieces are best served when they are entertaining. Then you have trailer moments like this:

And this:

And this:

Takeaway: Never forget the entertainment value of set pieces.

For Part 1: Spin the plot, go here.

For Part 2: Emotional Meaning, go here.

For Part 3: Stakes, go here.

For Part 4: Complications, Roadblocks and Reversals, go here.

Why not head to comments and post your favorite set pieces? And while you’re at it, what have you learned this week about set pieces?

[Originally posted October 12, 2012]


Set Pieces, Part 5: Entertainment was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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