Importance of Film Storytelling

Film Storytelling

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Meng Johnson just added a great post to IndieTalk about the importance of film storytelling to the success of a film. Here’s an excerpt from that post.

It is easy to get caught up in the technical side of filmmaking and forget the greater importance of the art of STORYTELLING. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what camera you use, how great the VFX, or how big the explosions; if the story doesn’t connect. Read More…

I’m always surprised at the number of questions I get about the technical aspects of filmmaking and how rarely anyone asks me about film storytelling.


People only connect to the story of a film. No matter how good the actors, music, special effects, etc. what people will say to you when they recommend a new film is how much they enjoyed the story.

Study Film Storytelling

The principles of good film storytelling have been written about in many books and on many websites. It takes more effort to learn to be a good storyteller than to learn the technical aspects of filmmaking so don’t worry about the technical part. The technlogy is constantly changing anyway.

Learn how good film storytelling can create empathy for the hero and build suspense. Watch good movies and take notes. Read popular novels because good film storytelling is not isolated to films.

What are some film storytelling techniques that work for you?