“ She knew that tomorrow he is going to come for her , finally its her turn , she will get eaten by the Devil Dragon … there’s no way to stop.. she was crying … sometimes tears bring nothing but the tears … it’s her last night in the castle .. after all to save the kingdom she has to die , like her other 6 beautiful sisters..
He is at huge entrance of kingdom … now the wait is over … he is shocked … he sees the knight in front him …. As the knight comes closer … he cant believe his eyes … it’s the 7th princess!!! He laughs (thinking at least … there is MAN in this kingdom, he almost traveled through 100s of kingdoms , but every kingdom sacrificed their prince or princess , all gutless creatures … FINALLY I WILL ABLE TO TASTE THE WARRIORS BLOOD .. and I’m thirsty …)
Princess is looking like a beautiful storm , on white horse … she thrust forward … her horse jumps … jumps higher … princess aim the neck of Dragon …. Blood is coming through neck… he screams … (without even talking a word she clears her intension)
He turns toward her .. she is coming back … but this time dragon .. fires up through his giant mouth …. Aiming the princess .. she jumps from horse … she’s on ground … she picks of sword … dragon is coming towards her …she thrusts forward … making grip even tight .. she throws the sword like a spear aiming the eye of dragon… misses the target… she is weapon less … she is trying to run … dragon is very close to her .. she is going towards the huge entrance … the dragon sets the walls and entrance on fire … now no place to run… he picks up her like a tiny stone … he enters in kingdom… roars setting everything on fire … still no sign of life … finally a small kid comes from nowhere , and throws small stone at dragon .. dragon turns towards the kid … princess trying to escape… kid is gone … no he is isn’t he is trying to pick up the sword … but he cant .. how could he ? dragon picks up the kid in his other hand.. he is about to eat the kid ….”
Hi there , I thought I should start with bang for a topic(as usual ;)) ….
In this series of Story writing ,Up to this article we have finished the conflict stage , my aim with this story is,
- whatever we have learned from throughout the series of Story Writing , is not just for 3 hrs film , it can be applied to short like say 6 -7 minutes
- I have purposely left the story incomplete , cause we have to still learn the last stage “Resolution”
- Look at the first paragraph Its Set-up
Where indirectly I’v introduce so many things , RULES,WORLD,BACKSTORY,SEEDS OF CONFLICT,CHARACTER/s, Exploring the character through SITUATION,MOTIVATION and GOAL
When you look at the second paragraph those things become more clear and clear , even you learn about both characters Dragon and Princess
4. The most important parts ..
1.THE PROGRESSION OF CONFLICT
2.INTENSITY OF CONFLICT
See from third paragraph , there is “Progression of conflict”
Its extremely important Part of story , which decides that the story is Exciting , Boring or Confusing
Just setting the big conflict, does not mean that you’re done with story conflict , you have to consider the two important parts one its “progression of conflict ” and “ intensiy of conflict ”
So here are types for Progression of Conflict
- Compound Conflicts
1.1 Domino effect
1.2 Cascade effect#1
- Accumulated Conflicts
2.1 Cascade effect#2
2.2 Ripple effect
2.3 Butterfly effect
Don’t get frustrated , only names are slight burdening , but learning it will be fun.
I learned this types from book “Finding And Building Stories- ideas for animated short by Karen Sullivan , Gary Schumer, Kate Alexander”
This is must have book. An incredible for student short films .
Anyway if you cant wait for next article , study that Progression of Conflict from the book ,
But come back, because I’m gonna discuss the OUTCOME OF EACH TYPE OF PROGRESSION which is not in book 😉
And try this assignment
Go through today’s story of Princess and Dragon , and write down all the elements that we have discussed through all previous articles , please do this it will be really helpful for you as You will recognize
- how all basic elements of story rendered together ?
- how perfect SET-Up is created ?
- How conflict is introduce ?
- We’ve learned every element with its ultimate OUTCOME , like what is the OUTCOME of SETUP , CONFLICT , How it can be achieved ?
Study the story with this point of view
Thank you so much see you in next article …
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