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StoryScan: Kingdom Hearts and Openings

Kingdom Hearts satisfies three separate audiences with an opening that emphasizes conflict and character development. 

Narrative Analysis:
Subplots and Side Stories

Subplots and side stories add depth to narratives by expanding on the world while emphasizing themes and playing with tone. 

StoryScan: DEATHLOOP and Endings

An incurious protagonist punts DEATHLOOP’s key questions to its endings. 

About Cutscene University

At Cutscene University, our goal is to teach the essentials of storytelling by using the vibrant, engaging stories from both classic and modern video games. 

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Learn the fundamentals of storytelling: structure, character, setting, and themes.
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Narrative Analysis 201:
Next Steps

Go beyond the basics with topics like exposition, pacing, and stakes. 

StoryScan: Critical Hits and Weak Points

Study the highs and lows of popular video game stories. 

Storytelling has a shape. It dominates the way all stories are told and can be traced back not just to the Renaissance, but to the very beginnings of the recorded word. It’s a structure that we absorb avidly whether in art-house or airport form and it’s a shape that may be – though we must be careful – a universal archetype.

John Yorke

Producer and Script Editor