Posing a Juxta

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, …

Discovery is Better than You Think

Whenever a new Star Trek arrives you can expect a great deal of push-back from the fans. It seems that everyone wants the Star Trek that they most remember. Star Trek Discovery is no different. The fans have spoken, and many are pretty upset. Some of the bigest arguments I’ve read on Facebook and Twitter are: that the story is disjointed; …

Light for the Path/Cast the Shadows

Before there was A New Hope, there was only Star Wars. Depending on which interview with George Lucas, there was only ever going to be one, then a trilogy, then nine, then only six, and then ‘no there were nine planned all along’, then of course actually there were a pile of spin offs planned, some even with Wookies. If only …

Polarising Your Cast

What does it mean to polarise (polarize) your characters? I first heard this term in The Story Toolkit Podcast  episode #31 where they demonstrate excellent polarisation from Out of Gas one of the best teleplays from the amazing dead-before-its-time series  Firefly. Good writing polarises the cast allowing each character to react differently to a story event. Let’s consider the iconic characters of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy …