In this video I discuss the meaning and function of ENTERTAINMENT in story. I explore several techniques that help writers engage their audience.

Black Eyed Angels 0:19
Provoking Questions 2:04
Critical Consensus On Entertainment 2:30
Entertainment Is An Art Form 2:54
Origin and Meaning 3:03
Art is a Bridge 3:38
Unifying Theory of 2+2 4:29
Emotional Conversation 4:54
The Reciprocity Principle of Story 5:28
Setups & Payoffs 6:04
Chekhov’s Gun 6:30
Anticipation 7:22
The Story Fix 7:49
Strange Attractors 8:50
Making Pictures 10:17
Conclusion 14:50

ANATOMY OF CHAOS is a series of video essays that explore the art of story, intended to be a resource for education, inspiration, and foster discussion to support writers and artists of all kinds as they develop their art.

The material in this video qualifies for “fair use” as it is a form of commentary and criticism for the purpose of education. All material was complied from already existing youtube videos or from my personal production.

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Writer’s Block (2013)
The Shining (1980)
The Tree of Life (2011)
Alien (1979)
Black Eyed Angels (2018)
The Last Tycoon (1976)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Star Trek (2009)
King Kong (2005)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Mr. Turner (2014)
Breaking Bad (2008)
A Field in England (2013)
Amélie (2001)
The Shining (1980)
The Accountant (2016)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Die Hard 2 (1990)
Top Secret! (1984)
Snatch (2000)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Barry Lyndon (1975)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Inside Man (2006)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
The Zero Theorem (2013)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Twin Peaks (1990)
Mulholland Drive (2001)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Léon: The Professional (1994)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

Little Room – The White Stripes
Kid A – Radiohead
Black Mountains – Shadowplay
Breach – Shadowplay
Bank Heist – Trip Hop
Chekhov’s Gun – Chill Hop
Fell In Love With A Girl – The White Stripes
Crystal Blue Persuasion – Tommy James & The Shondells
Strange Attractors – Chill Hop

I recommend watching, reading, listening, and supporting each piece of art referenced in the video.