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The Quest to Tell a Good Story

There’s a difference between a “sequence” and a “story” on film.

A sequence is a series of events that follow each other.
A story begins with a great problem that must be solved.

If the footage is beautiful or the music is enchanting, we can convince ourselves that it’s a good “story.” People will ooh and ahh over the cinematic effect.

But without a plunging the viewer into a great problem, without giving them a great hope and then putting them on the edge of their seats until its resolved, there is no story.

It leaves the viewer unchanged and unmoved. And our beloved sequence disappears into the vast sea of other beautiful sequences on Vimeo.