When I grew up, I distinctively remember a situation at home, probably in a conversation with my parents and siblings. I learned a new idiom that day: “He’s been the eternal student”.
These rules define what makes a good, entertaining film for me. But they are more than that. They are principles of good storytelling:
You can apply them on anything that transmits a message. I think they provide an underlying quality, also in design and writing. It’s really at the core of everything that moves us.
Edit April 2019: The last couple of years have shown a drastic focus on repetitive, box-office proven movie concepts, such as super hero movies. They are bland, lack depth and don’t make me think—to the contrary: they show me what I’d expect.
“Anything else?” the moderators asked after all were done. “We’d really like to hear some spontaneous ideas, or even if you found a problem you think that should be solved, come on stage and let us know!”. The crowd clapped in a driving pace and as if someone else had slipped into me, I rose from my seat.