links for 2009-12-30

  • "Avatar doesn't have a bad story, but its unswerving direction does make it a predictable one. Since the internet's already hashed out the cultural angles of James Cameron's splendid epic, let's take a look at the storytelling mechanics–something he approached with a caution only $400M buys. What risks could Cameron have taken to add some surprise, without spiking the straightforward narrative?"

    Great suggestions here for how to tell a real story, rather than just walk through a proof-of-concept. HT: DW.

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