South Park Writers Share Their #1 Writing Rule
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the longtime best friends who created South Park 14 years ago and more recently the musical The Book of Mormon crashed an NYU Screenwriting class and gave out a piece of advice that narrows down storytelling to one single essential point, keeping it simple and clear in a two-minute video.
If you don’t have the patience to watch the video, here is the sum-up:
When you outline your Beats, if what connects two scenes is “And then”, you have a boring scene. You need to go; this happens AND THEREFORE this happens, BUT this happens…
[thx to @grking]
Four years later, I’m happy to add Tony Zhou‘s latest video essay, F for Fake, on Orson Welles, the power of structure and… South Park. It’s all linked and takes it one step further.