Saturday, June 02, 2007

A Lesson In Plot from the Watering Hole

Has this video found its way into your email? Did you hear the one where the water buffalo and the lion walk into a bar? OK, it's a WILDLIFE FILM, so you know what that means, and if you have a delicate consitution, don't click.

BUT, this little slice of nonhuman life follows several of those writing-teacher rules about plot (and I therefore recommend watching the whole thing, if your stomach allows):

1. Have your characters act according to their nature, not do what you would rather they do, or what you would do if you were them.
2. Have the (legit) desires and needs of Character A fall into natural conflict with the (legit) desires and needs of Character B.
3. Put your characters in real jeopardy. (Especially the cute little one, if you're in Hollywood.)
4. Drop in a big surprise or two. It provides shape. But make it logical.
5. Let it be funny, even if it's not.



Blogger Rob K said...

This looks like the safari production of "West Side Story."

10:51 AM  
Blogger christopherlee said...

SICK, JUST SICK!! This is why animals will NEVER make it in polite society! Notice why when I walk in to a cafe, I order my meal from a menu? HMMMM?

9:53 PM  

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