Arsifa Deliyana

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Review on Screenwriting Down to the Atoms

Story & Story Spine

“Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess who lived in a big palace. She had no friends, except a rose and a dove –“

(Arsifa Deliyana)

When we were a child, we like to hear folktales from our father or grandfather. Getting bigger, we like to watch visual image, such a movie that comes from a story. Though, there are specific action in the writing form cannot be put in form of movie clips, films like Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Twilight are even more success than its novel. Either it is in form of writing or movie; the stories still keep going if its narrative concept is good. Explore more about stories, we will acquaintance with cinematic story; the definition and a cinematic story capable of pleasing that audience by Story Spine.

Story is about a problem and the resolution of that problem. Audience will deliver common question about how is the story begin? and how is the end? Stories are about human beings because it asserts characters and the plot. The more story related to the human emotion and life, the more audience will give positive response to the story. Good stories can be summed in a few words as all elements work together to express a single set of ideas. It achieves unity of action by establishing its premise at its beginning, and then sticking to that premise until the story’s end because a story unified by a premise. After having those elements, a story is must be told in a structured order, means the events must occur in logical order.

The Story Spine is the key to successful storytelling as the backbone of a story. It runs the whole length of a story, starting at its beginning and continuing unbroken to its end. It unites all characters, events, and ideas into a functioning whole. It contains the motivating force that propels a story forward. Without a Spine, a story is lifeless because it is the concept that predated the cinema. In fact, it is as old as storytelling itself. Whether it was by experience or instinct, the greatest storytellers have always understood that the most audience-pleasing stories were those that contained a Problem, Goal, Path of Action, Main Conflict, and Stakes.

In conclusion, a story is a series of events about human beings dealing with a problem, unified by a premise, and told in a structured order. Instead, the Story Pain is the successor of the story itself that has five basic elements which are problem, goal, path of action, conflict, and stakes.



Schock, W. M. (2013). Screenwriting down to the atoms, the absolute essential. Scriptmonk Industries: Smashwords Edition. Retrieved on


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