Posts tagged kishotenketsu

Having the vending machine throw a momentary ‘obstacle’ is something that makes the story more interesting? The Significance of Plot Without Conflict, by Still Eating Oranges, elaborates on the relevance of Kishōtenketsu, the conflictless Japanese four-act narrative structure, and on how teaching the Western conventional three-act structure as The Sole Narrative Structure shapes people’s worldview.

Back when I was still studying film, no question irked me as much as “where is the conflict?”, as if there was no other choice. And I never really got the hang of having conflicts shape my films.