Top 342 Storytelling Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Storytelling Quotes from famous people such as Kathy Burke, Mike Mitchell, Catherine Reitman, Jay Duplass, Mordicai Gerstein, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

I get very excited by these hoity-toity directors with

I get very excited by these hoity-toity directors with their bells and whistles, but I find simple storytelling done really well just as exciting.
Kathy Burke
The narrative shouldn’t stop for the song in a musical. The music has to continue the narrative of the storytelling.
Mike Mitchell
Because there is less female storytelling, especially motherhood storytelling, there has been immense pressure on my storytelling to represent more people, and to do so in a sort of unrealistic way.
Catherine Reitman
Independent filmmaking burns off a lot of storytelling fat.
Jay Duplass
I had always loved cartoons, especially ‘Bugs Bunny,’ and I found I enjoyed making animated films. Even a 30-second commercial involved drawing and painting, storytelling, not to mention actors, music, and sound effects.
Mordicai Gerstein
The thing that I took away as an early fan from Bob Dylan was the storytelling aspects. He can tell some wicked stories.
Ed Sheeran
‘How to Train Your Dragon,’ the first one, was a film I’d seen prior to being approached for the sequel. I don’t often watch family animated movies, but it’s one that I loved and thought was really well done: beautifully crafted storytelling.
Kit Harington
Storytelling has changed. Shows like ‘Adventure Time’ have taken storytelling in a different direction.
Genndy Tartakovsky
The history of storytelling isn’t one of simply entertaining the masses but of also advising, instructing, challenging the status quo.
Therese Fowler
We are the storytelling animal.
Salman Rushdie
I’m very heavily involved in the editorial post-production process, and the camera – it’s just such a big part of my storytelling language. I like creating the tension; I like creating the emotion through the movement of my camera, or the lack of movement through my camera, depending on what fits the scene best.
James Wan
Specificity is what makes good storytelling, and good storytelling is what makes money, and making money is then what encourages new producers to invest in different stories about Asians.
Constance Wu
We need storytelling from all angles. We need men, women, and trans people participating in all aspects of filmmaking; this is the only way we can depolarise the age-old standard of singular perspective.
In comics, my experience has been mostly artists whose visual storytelling chops are either weak or they’re more invested in rushing to a paycheck than in doing work they can be proud of.
Christopher Priest
Primes seem to me to be these unarbitrary, unique, fated things. It cannot be coincidence that the mythical numbers of storytelling like 3, 7, and 13 are random. The lower-end primes have incredible resonance in fiction and art.
Robin Sloan
I think it’s intelligent, emotional, character-rich storytelling – at the core, I think those are the most important elements, and I think they can be found across all of our dayparts. That’s what, for me, ABC really stands for.
Channing Dungey
I guess I would say that most of what I’ve learned about storytelling derives from novels and short stories. I cannot think of a novel or story, or a novelist or story writer, who thinks in terms of three-act structure.
Tom Bissell
That’s what storytelling is. It’s excising the demons and taking a look at the hard subjects.
Kari Skogland
As a generalization, fantasy writing has leaned more on political storytelling the more it’s tried to escape the inevitable influence of Middle-earth, and revise the Eurocentric and Christian tropes that Tolkien’s particular worldview bequeathed.
Ross Douthat
Storytelling is the game. It’s what we all do. It’s why Nike is Nike, it’s why Apple is Apple, it’s why Walt Disney built Disney World and it’s why Vince McMahon makes a billion dollars.
Gary Vaynerchuk
Whenever two guys got together, you asked, ‘What body part would you like to work?’ In my case, it was the arm. Most guys wanted to feed me for that arm drag. We always believed in storytelling, so if I had the arm, the heel would get away for a moment – or heel his way away – and then I would get back to it.
Ricky Steamboat
I joke that I learned the essentials of storytelling from Hanna-Barbera, but I pretty much did. That kind of television is what enamored me as a kid, and that’s what really got me hooked. You could say that’s where it all began.
Kurt Sutter
I’ve never been a fan of whimsical or confusing storytelling.
Paul Thomas Anderson
I don’t consider what I do ‘art.’ It’s ‘storytelling.’
Brian Stelfreeze
To me, storytelling is a mystery. Especially when you’re directing.
Genndy Tartakovsky
In 21st-century storytelling all bets are off: anybody can do anything. We’re all storytellers.
Lenny Henry
I’m interested in seeing artists whom I respect who are very focused on the Black Lives Matter moment, bringing that into storytelling in a way that really amplifies the beauty and the humanity of people of color, and does it without having to wave a big sign that says, ‘This is what we’re doing.’
Ava DuVernay
There were moments in ‘Malala,’ I felt very moved by the storytelling, and ‘pleased’ would be the wrong word, but the music could be part of what moved me: that I was trying to contribute to something that was meaningful outside the realm of creative work but just more in terms of the world.
Thomas Newman
I think world creation and monster creation and all of that stuff is exciting as a secondary element of storytelling. When it becomes more important than storytelling, I get very nervous, and you sort of lose me a little bit.
Charlie Hunnam
I love storytelling.
Billie Joe Armstrong
Thanks to the proliferation of information being consumed on mobile devices and the Internet, management changed ‘SportsCenter’ from being a show where highlights and storytelling ruled the day to a show where analysts ruled the day.
Rich Eisen
Individual storytelling is incredibly powerful. We as j

Individual storytelling is incredibly powerful. We as journalists know intuitively what scientists of the brain are discovering through brain scans, which is that emotional stories tend to open the portals, and that once there’s a connection made, people are more open to rational arguments.
Nicholas Kristof
‘Black Mirror’ obviously has its own universe, with a very strong fingerprint and strong themes, and I was intrigued on reading. It’s such a powerful piece of storytelling.
Max Richter
It’s about storytelling. The story is told through images. So with the cast, I had to make sure that the emotions were readable without sound… I know some great actors, if you turn off the sound, you don’t really know what they’re saying.
Michel Hazanavicius
Elvis Costello’s song writing is so peerless and individualistic. It’s storytelling and it’s deeply intelligent and clever.
Chip Esten
Visual storytelling combines the narrative text of a story with creative elements to augment and enhance the traditional storytelling process. By design, it is a co-creative process resulting in an intimate, interpretive, expressive technique.
Debbie Millman
I think there’s so many points of view that you want to make sure your stories are being told from men and women… you get all of the different backgrounds. You don’t want every story being told from the same point of view. So just for better storytelling, I’m like, ‘Yes, please, bring some more ladies on.’
Melissa McCarthy
Whether it’s Brad Pitt up there, if there’s a good moment up there, and you get pulled into the emotion, you’re not thinking, ‘Oh, that’s Brad Pitt. He’s an actor, and he’s famous.’ That’s kind of the nature of storytelling, right? You sit around the fire and tell a story, and you can get sucked into that story.
Duke Johnson
When I read a script, the important thing is that I can connect in some way with that character and have some idea from what his story is that I can tell that story too, because that’s all acting is, is storytelling.
Joel Grey
I understand the psychology of the business. I understand who I am and I know how I interact with other people, but that’s a gift, the storytelling. Not everybody has that gift and it’s kind of like the way I work.
Ted DiBiase Sr.
As an activist who uses storytelling to combat stigma, I have always been adamant that we tell our own stories.
Janet Mock
‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ is one of my favorite films. I like the storytelling of those teenage American films. You don’t get that now. Teenage American movies are all about sick jokes, puking a lot, arse jokes.
James McAvoy
I’ve always had an idealistic streak about storytelling in that I believe we owe more to audiences than repeatedly bludgeoning them over the head while stealing their lunch money. We owe them inspiration. That’s why I’m more interested now in creating new heroes than hooking up jumper cables to old ones.
Mark Frost
I’d like to think that we strive in film and theatre to tell great stories, and I believe in the power of storytelling in our culture.
Andy Serkis
Storytelling enables us to play out decisions before we make them, to plan routes before we take them, to work out the campaign before we start the war, to rehearse the phrases we’re going to use to please or placate our wives and husbands.
Jim Crace
I mean, I’m in the business of storytelling, not message making.
John le Carre
I think there is a real thing going on where writers are feeling more liberated to write with a big canvas because of a demonstrable, continued appetite for long-form storytelling.
Garth Risk Hallberg
I like narrative storytelling as being part of a tradition, a folk tradition.
Bruce Springsteen
If there’s a new HBO series, you know there’s going to be a certain level of storytelling mastery – that you can trust it.
Chris Milk
I don’t assume, because I can write screenplays, that I know how to write a novel. It’s a very different world. There’s a craft involved in storytelling, and it’s a different kind of craft. But yes, someday I will do that. It just might be awhile.
Melissa Rosenberg
The story of Bennet Omalu is a riveting story; it’s just a riveting tale. I knew from the beginning if I stayed close to that kind of storytelling and focussed on the character, then the other stuff comes along with it, and the message becomes baked into the journey.
Peter Landesman
I haven’t thought about getting into production. I’m interested in the creative aspect of storytelling.
Sakshi Tanwar
The storytelling in country music is so powerful.
Jessica Mauboy
I’m the corner street storytelling guy. I’m the guy in the garage that the neighbors come over to talk to and I keep you entertained for hours.
Jim Breuer
I was raised, I feel like, on television, definitely a child of TV, and was always fascinated by storytelling.
Jim Rash
Nas’ storytelling was just fire.
Marrying video, sound, and words can create incredibly compelling storytelling, and when you add the political piece, you get a special combination: stories directly impacting the democratic process. It’s a unique responsibility and one I’m passionate about.
Hallie Jackson
I think that ‘Vinyl”s faster-paced. I think ‘Boardwalk’ was much more luxurious in its storytelling.
Terence Winter
For me, the best moments in storytelling are the ones where I feel I’m discovering something.
Marcus Sakey
When I started making Minecraft videos, there was already a ton of them out there. But when I started introducing the storytelling element, which no one had done before, that’s when my Minecraft traffic started picking up.
We get excited by ideas, and we’re more excited by being surprised by ideas than we are in dictating the course of events. We’ve found that leads to more interesting storytelling.
Joe Russo
From early on… we really looked at the Internet as a whole new way to provide storytelling and entertainment.
Benny Fine
I would love to make a film, because storytelling happe

I would love to make a film, because storytelling happens only in movies. I would explore relationships in my movies. Maybe, the journey of a child from a broken home, or a relationship between a single father and his kids.
Kiku Sharda
I’m not a big fan of kids’ movies that have this knowing snarkiness to them or this post-modern take on storytelling. I think that sails right over the heads of most kids. There’s something to be said for a well-told fairy tale. There’s a reason that these mythic stories stay with us.
John C. Reilly
The thing that I love about working at ‘GMA’ the most is the storytelling – there are so many different genres on that show and themes you can cover, so it’s been a lot of fun.
Jesse Palmer
I wrote two plotted books, got some of the fundamentals of storytelling down, then… it’s sort of like taking the training wheels off, trying to write a book that’s fun in the same way without relying on quite such mechanical or external beats.
Jonathan Franzen
I went to see ‘Phantom of the Opera’ with my grandma and my mom when I was very little. The stage, the voice, the music… Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has been a massive inspiration to me for some time – the storytelling, that deliciously somber undertone in his music.
Lady Gaga
I feel I’m following my path. I’m living my truth, and my path is storytelling.
Winston Duke
I think storytelling is all about children. We human beings love to hear stories being told – and it first happens when you’re a kid.
David Chase
As a writer, Chris Columbus was a big influence. ‘The Goonies’ was the first movie I ever saw that kids speak normally and not imagined how kids would talk. Always a big fan of Chris Columbus’ dialogue and storytelling.
Adam Green
I’m not a sci-fi lover; I wasn’t from the start. So perhaps I miss that passion for other worlds, other dimensions, that sort of scope and that magnitude of storytelling; that’s not my thing though I meet plenty of people whose thing it definitely is.
Paul McGann
I think as storytelling has changed, you know, it’s kind of turned into kind of hyper-reality movies.
Thomas Newman
‘Lucha Underground’ is like a combination of Lucha Libre, American Pro Wrestling, and gridy action films. It’s got a lot of things I like – action, wrestling, and really good storytelling.
John Morrison
Touching on universality is an important part of effective storytelling, but the problem with cliches is that they are tired and dull. And that’s where writers must try to be artful.
Miguel Syjuco
It takes a perverse determination to drain that instinctive curiosity away and make history seem just remote, dead and disconnected from our contemporary reality. Conversely, it just takes skilful storytelling to recharge that connection to make the past come alive in our present.
Simon Schama
I wanted to rock back and forth between myth and distant futures, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. It felt a bit like prophecy and a bit like storytelling.
George Murray
I come from a big family where we tell big stories. All we had was the storytelling.
Maverick Carter
I have two little black boys. And a film like ‘Do the Right Thing’ can help illuminate the times for them with great storytelling.
Salim Akil
A lot of what a composer does has to do with storytelling, and there are different ways of fusing music with picture to express different storytelling ideas.
Howard Shore
My offbeat choices definitely don’t get me too much money because they are made in a very restrained budget. We do it because we love cinema, because we are passionate about the content and new ways of storytelling.
Manoj Bajpayee
Storytelling was a way to see the world bigger than the one you were looking at, and that had great appeal for me. I think, since that was part of my upbringing, it became part of me, and I wanted to pass it along to my kids and my grandkids.
Robert Redford
I always wanted to tell stories. Well, at least, I always came back to the notion of storytelling when the glitz and glamour of being a special effects designer or a fighter pilot or a DEA agent wore off.
Cullen Bunn
Part of the power of all storytelling is reassurance, offering hope to those sat in the darkness, that good can succeed and wrongdoing fail.
Charles Sturridge
I was always interested in storytelling, particularly in theater and film. I liked creative things. My mom and dad are wonderful people, but both are tone deaf, so I don’t know where the gene came from.
Marc Platt
There’s no family in America that can celebrate a victory better than the Harbaughs. You’ll never hear more laughter, more storytelling, or more embellishment.
Jack Harbaugh
I mean, there are some amazing storytelling being done on the small screen right now. That’s what so cool about being in television right now. Studios, networks are starting to throw more resources, better writers, more production values… and to be part of that is awesome.
Ian Somerhalder
Storytelling is storytelling. You still play by the same narrative rules. The technology is completely different. I don’t use one piece of technology that I used when I started directing.
James Cameron
I always loved silent movies. I was not a specialist, but I loved them. And when I started directing, I became really fascinated by the format – how it works, the device of the silent movie. It’s not the same form of expression as a talkie. The lack of sounds makes you participate in the storytelling.
Michel Hazanavicius
I’ve always been jealous of rappers, because they can fit so many words into a song and tell a story with lots of details. But when you’re a songwriter, you have to fit the words to the melody and you can’t fit as much in. I’m just a big fan of storytelling.
Skylar Grey
Whether one likes it or not, the screen is a profoundly important source of imagery and storytelling for this generation. For me, books remain a stunning place to tell stories, but the screen has a place.
Graeme Base
I connect to the tradition of Irish storytelling. And I think there is something – I can’t put my finger on it – something genetic there. Maybe just a need to tell stories.
Michael Connelly
When you see a superhero that looks like you and lives in and fights in a neighborhood that is sort of like yours, it’s empowering to a degree that makes you have hope. That is the power of storytelling, and that is the power of images.
Salim Akil
We’ve made so much headway with storytelling – mostly on cable, let’s be honest – but also on the networks and, you know, I think it’s about time that the leads are women. I’m not a woman, so I’m a bit biased – I wouldn’t mind if a few roles were left over for men.
Dylan Walsh
While writing a normal song, we just pen four lines and

While writing a normal song, we just pen four lines and then we have a chorus and some lines again. But rap is about storytelling and requires extra effort to write.
Having spent a lot of time on sets, I was really interested in the overall storytelling aspect of shows and projects.
Tom Verica
The thing that most critics miss about Faulkner is that his famous storytelling voice is, in fact, a standard Southern storytelling voice that is typical of the Gulf Coast – Mississippi, Alabama and so on.
Gregory Benford
Compared to other forms of drama, performance art is often thought of as inaccessible and overly artsy. I prefer to think of it as storytelling, something that has been with us through the ages and a part of every culture.
Amy Hill
I believe the adventure game genre will never die any more than any type of storytelling would ever die.
Roberta Williams
A 90-minute time frame is not long enough to tell a good female story, and that’s why long-format television has become so great for female storytelling and for female performers and directors and writers.
Frances McDormand
Certainly in my youth there was lots of singing, lots of storytelling, and whenever we went to a party, you had to do a party piece, like sing songs, recite poems, or tell stories. That sort of narrative musical culture was my upbringing.
Genevieve O’Reilly
Translation and UnitedMasters, which is all one company, is my vision and my dream, and I think it’s today’s reality of the convergence between storytelling, technology, and culture.
Steve Stoute
Where the gaming world is going – and certainly Activision proved it by hiring me – is being willing to push and bend and move in a new direction of actually capturing the character and storytelling.
Kevin Spacey
What’s fun to me is that we can make movies but we are no longer restricted by this two-hour timeframe. It gives us this bigger canvas to paint on. It opens up all sorts of new storytelling possibilities.
Matt Duffer
For me, storytelling is the most interesting part of movie making.
Taylor Steele
For storytelling purposes, there has to be conflict, but that doesn’t mean the people have to be mean. I’ve never liked mean-spirited comedy.
Michael Schur
With any sci-fi fantasy storytelling, you must have rules be very clear, otherwise you lose people, like ‘OK, they can fly; now they can’t fly.’
Melissa Rosenberg
‘Guild Wars 2’ is a wider world in that we have a lot of different mechanics available for storytelling. We have our personal story, the story of you, which is tailored for your character. You answer some basic questions; you make some decisions early on, and that follows through.
Jeff Grubb
The storytelling in a movie is in the cut; it’s in the edit. It’s not an actor’s job, really. Your job is such a tiny little thing, and I love the feeling of juggling or tightrope walking.
Kerry Bishe
I’m partial to epic poetry, which might be surprising given that I don’t write poetry at all. The combination of rollicking storytelling with musical language seems to me the highest achievement.
Jennifer Egan
Not only a great game, ‘Uncharted 2’ raised the bar for storytelling for the medium. The game treated action as a part of the overall story rather than a way to move from plot point to plot point.
Rob Manuel
I mean, television has really changed a lot, and changed the way movie people think about working in the storytelling business.
Anna Boden
Telling stories and having them received is so important. That dialogue is everything. I tell my students all the time that what separates us as human beings is our ability to hold stories. Our narrative history. There is so much power in that. Storytelling is our human industry.
Kathi Appelt
I write about people in small towns; I don’t write about people living in big cities. My kind of storytelling depends upon people that have time to talk to each other.
Lee Smith
My first love is definitely performing, but I just love storytelling, and that’s another aspect of it.
Rhea Seehorn
Interactive storytelling emphasizes a personal connection with the characters. It is a powerful tool that can draw you so deeply into the world of a story that you lose sight of it as a story. You think you are there – at least, if it is done right.
Dave Morris
Obviously people loved ‘Mystery Road’, people loved the storytelling aspect of it, people liked the character.
Aaron Pedersen
I was a painter, then a novelist, then a journalist, then a screenwriter, and now I’m a director, and it feels all part of the same continuum. One led to the other, and it just feels like the natural confluence of all the ways of storytelling that I’ve been doing for almost 30 years.
Peter Landesman
Any question about narrative storytelling is answered by Dickens.
Steven Knight
The marketplace tells us that good, visceral storytelling has a place. But there are lots of questions about the format that stories take.
Paolo Bacigalupi
I like the storytelling and reading the letters, the long-distance dedications.
Casey Kasem
I’ve always had an ear for melodies, and they veer pop. My lyrics are more country – what I love is the storytelling and the structure, how tight the rhymes can be. But pop melodies have always been intrinsically linked to my writing style.
Maren Morris
The resilience of narrative storytelling and people’s love affair with television is impressive.
Kevin Reilly
Film and television are major vehicles for American storytelling, and America is the biggest exporter and influencer in the world in terms of telling stories.
Tamlyn Tomita
The fundamental difficulty that most novelists face when they are trying to adapt their own book into a screenplay is realizing that a screenplay is a completely different way of storytelling, and it has limitations.
Barry Eisler
There's no harmony in most people in a way, and I'm att

There’s no harmony in most people in a way, and I’m attracted to it, and I think it makes for good storytelling.
Greg Kinnear
Shakespeare is repeated around the world in different languages, just because it’s good storytelling.
Cary Fukunaga
The Internet has been a great outlet for storytelling. After all, there are web-based shows that have started online and have then gotten picked up. I think it’s a great opportunity for artists to get through the network roadblock. It just allows us another venue to be creative in.
Eva LaRue
Storytelling is as old as speech. It existed before humans first began to carve shapes in stones and press their hands upon the rocky walls of caves.
Kate Forsyth
Storytelling and elegant style don’t always go hand in hand.
Donna Tartt
I like to start with the first chapter, end with chapter 40. No flashbacks, nothing fancy, just a direct storytelling.
John Grisham
I grew up in Oklahoma and Missouri, and I just loved film. My folks would take us to the drive-in on summer nights, and we’d sit on the hood of the car. I just had this profound love for storytelling.
Brad Pitt
I think people love having a person behind a brand who lives it. The idea of storytelling is really important.
Aerin Lauder
I think stories do have an ending. I think they need to have an ending eventually because that is a story: a beginning, middle and end. If you draw out the end too long, I think storytelling can get tired.
Melissa Rosenberg
I remember that – you know, I didn’t receive a formal education. I was educated in the Montevideo cafe, in the cafes of Montevideo. There, I received my first lessons in the art of telling stories, storytelling.
Eduardo Galeano
Once you buy into a television show, there doesn’t have to be resolution from week to week. You can develop characters and storylines and react to the audience, so you get more of a serialized version of storytelling where you can go much deeper into each character. It’s more like a novel.
Jon Favreau
We are all affected by the time we are born into, and of course that feeds into your work. Society is based on storytelling – religious myths, opera, film – and 1968 was always seen as a time of rupture and fragmentation. I have always been interested in those words.
Doug Aitken
The basic rule of storytelling is ‘show, don’t tell.’
Julianna Baggott
I think most Irish people are creative. Whether it’s music, or dance, or… certainly storytelling is in the blood.
Genevieve O’Reilly
Before I became an actor, I was a visual artist, and I’ve always hankered for the storytelling behind the camera.
Andy Serkis
My brothers were the ones who taught me about mythology and storytelling, and showed me how to do stop-motion animation.
Geoffrey S. Fletcher
I wanted to get out of this country and experience different ways of seeing the world. So I went to Europe, but I went as an artist. I was increasing my skill set and exploring storytelling through painting.
Robert Redford
The way I look at it, movies are a different medium for storytelling than books.
Josh Hutcherson
I think my love is storytelling. No matter what it is, it’s storytelling. And so whatever the medium is, what’s right for the story, I enjoy doing it.
Neil Strauss
With Storytelling, at least, it’s explicit: this is what the censors say American citizens, no matter what age, are not permitted to see, even though it can be seen by other people all over the world. I suppose you could call it a political statement.
Todd Solondz
Because storytelling, and visual storytelling, was put in the hands of everybody, and we have all now become storytellers.
LeVar Burton
I think storytelling is a thing of beauty, and also very difficult. It’s a craft you have to continue to work at.
James Gray
A big part of directing animation is deciding what you really want to do and making sure it’s about something. My favorite thing about animation is the storytelling. You can really dig into the story and spend time with the writers. The writers don’t just write and leave.
Mike Mitchell
I wish that more people were willing to turn down upfront money in exchange for doing things that are more original. Turning down a seven-figure check has a ripple effect on the budget, which has a ripple effect on the storytelling. The higher the budget gets, the fewer storytelling risks you’re able to take.
Jason Blum
For me, I want to see diversity in storytelling sources because we live in a very diverse society, and the stories are for the whole society. That’s really important. For me, as a female filmmaker, when I was out on the festival circuit on 2006, I felt like such a freaking anomaly – an oddity.
Lynn Shelton
I think that good storytelling of any kind does promote a humility in that it encourages you to see the world the way that other people see it.
Jonathan Dee
The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out.
Walter Benjamin
We’re so complex; we’re mysteries to ourselves; we’re difficult to each other. And then storytelling reminds us we’re all the same.
Brad Pitt
I think I’ve been able to build up a wide range of styles in storytelling, using comics in different ways from project to project. I think my art has become more accomplished, although I try to keep it from becoming slick or superficial.
Jeffrey Brown
I believe that the Kane/Undertaker story, if you look at epic storytelling like Greek mythology, that is what it is. It is the best piece of epic storytelling that the WWE has ever done.
I’ve been obsessed with this kind of visual storytelling for quite a while, and I try to create material that allows me to explore it.
Brian De Palma
A lot of writers dream of feature films, but television

A lot of writers dream of feature films, but television – by way of TNT, CBS, Lifetime, and Hallmark Hall of Fame – has always called my name. And after seeing ‘True Detective,’ can there be any doubt that the storytelling on TV is as genius as it gets?
Luanne Rice
Americans think cinema is about storytelling; I don’t believe that. I think it’s a language and everyone has to find their own way of speaking. It’s not so much what you say as the way you say it.
Marjane Satrapi
‘Fahrenheit’ was a very difficult product to sell to publishers initially because no-one believed in storytelling or emotion.
David Cage
As long as your storytelling and emotional depth are intact, that’s what people will focus on.
Jake Barton
Personally, I’ve made myself a very small window of what I enjoy in this business, which is I love being a big part of the storytelling process.
Bradley Cooper
I really have thought about immersive storytelling my whole career, so when I first heard about VR, I was like, ‘Oh, this sounds like it’s for me.’
Doug Liman
So much Western storytelling comes from Scandinavia. I’ve read that in the past, storytellers would travel to Iceland and exchange stories. It’s kind of the birthplace of great storytelling.
Richard Dormer
My style is colloquial storytelling. It’s the way we tell stories to one another – it’s not writerly, it’s not overdone.
James Patterson
‘Once’ constantly surprises me. I think it’s the power of the music and the storytelling that people connect with.
John Tiffany
Storytelling is ultimately a creative act of pattern recognition. Through characters, plot and setting, a writer creates places where previously invisible truths become visible. Or the storyteller posits a series of dots that the reader can connect.
Douglas Coupland
The thriller is not a recent invention. It probably goes back to the dawn of storytelling.
Lee Child
I loved the idea of dramatic art of storytelling as a way to make sense of things. It’s really what I love and what I care about.
Greta Gerwig
I love creating partnerships; I love not having to bear the entire burden of the creative storytelling, and when I have unions like with George Lucas and Peter Jackson, it’s really great; not only do I benefit, but the project is better for it.
Steven Spielberg
I always approach storytelling with the idea that the audience will get it. They understand almost better than we do, because they get to watch it from an entirely different perspective with new eyes.
Salim Akil
In acting, every day is different, and I guess it appeals to my storytelling imagination. But I’ve been very fortunate to get the chance to do what I want to do and earn a living from it to pay the mortgage.
Emilia Fox
I went to Princeton to major in comparative literature. I never went to film school, but I studied storytelling across mediums – poems, literature, film, and journalism.
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
The most important thing is, how can I move forward towards something that I can’t articulate, that is new in storytelling with moving images and sound?
Martin Scorsese
I’ve always had an interest in story-telling and history and just film and art in general, but particularly when it comes to storytelling, I think the reason why we became involved in film is because we wanted to get some great stories out there.
John Legend
Newspaper reporting is really storytelling. We call our articles ‘stories,’ and we try to tell them in a way that even people who don’t know all the background can understand them.
Serge Schmemann
It took many years to accept that fantasy is the fuel for my storytelling passion, and without that, I really am a hack, writing for money or approval rather than for the pure delight of storytelling.
Kelley Armstrong
Atanu is one of my favourite directors. His script, style of storytelling and characterisation are always very different.
Prosenjit Chatterjee
I think storytelling in general is how we really deeply know things. It’s ancient.
Ellen Ullman
Well, the medium of film is so different than a book that just by bringing it into visual storytelling is to change it up. I think in a book, in any book, you can have a reactive character. Some of the great novels of all time have had that, but in a film you can’t do that.
Melissa Rosenberg
When I walk into a room, I know my storytelling has value and I have to sell my idea. I have to help people see the financial value and gain in my work.
Mara Brock Akil
There’s a very old tradition of theater actors doing their own makeup. It’s like putting on your mask. There’s an element of storytelling involved in it – you put on your character when you put on your makeup. At least, that’s how I like to look at it.
Phillipa Soo
My experience of great storytelling, working with classics, is just finding a way to present it simply but let the story do its own work, or be an invite to the audience’s imagination.
Kenneth Branagh
Blending consensus historical events and personages with imaginary occult forces is a strong recipe for counterfactual storytelling goodness that combines the best of two worlds: resonant history with wild-eyed fantasy.
Paul Di Filippo
I’ve always kept a journal and brought storytelling into my teaching.
Maya Soetoro-Ng
First of all, I don’t dislike direct storytelling – people seem to think that about my games! Actually, the truth is, I’m just not good at implementing direct narrative in my games.
Hidetaka Miyazaki
I really love storytelling, and I love the stories as they reveal themselves. It’s an incredibly nourishing process; it’s probably the closest I come to having a religion.
Alan Ball
The author always knows more than the reader does at the start of a novel, and gradually, they share that knowledge with the reader – that’s storytelling.
Simon Toyne
For years, I have been inspired by the inventive and ma

For years, I have been inspired by the inventive and masterful storytelling of the ‘SAO’ franchise. I’m thrilled to get the opportunity to work with such talented partners to bring this cutting-edge yet timeless story to a new format at Skydance.
Laeta Kalogridis
Good storytelling appeals to me – good writing.
Sanaa Lathan
Sometimes I think on television, you use maybe a tenth of what you are able to do. So it’s nice to go, ‘Well, I’m gonna take two months and reinvest in acting and storytelling.’ You don’t get to do that on television.
Sarah Paulson
Storytelling is not what I do for a living – it is how I do all that I do while I am living.
Donald Davis
Storytelling, in print or speech, needs vital energy.
Frank Delaney
Storytelling is powerful; film particularly. We can know a lot of things intellectually, but humans really live on storytelling. Primarily with ourselves; we’re all stories of our own narrative.
Richard Linklater
Tell a story. You don’t have to do a thousand things in two minutes when you can do one just as good and still tell that story with your face or how you land or your reaction. That’s a lost art. Storytelling is a big part of our industry, and if given time, you can do it properly.
Stories about travelers coming into town and doing good have been part of our storytelling since the Bible.
Dean Devlin
HBO is undeniably a leader in meaningful storytelling in a wide array of formats. I’m honored to join the REAL SPORTS team and look forward to continuing my fervor for uncovering unique and impactful stories.
Soledad O’Brien
I think the crux of this urgent and real conversation about representation and diversity in art-making and storytelling both behind and in front of the camera ultimately has to do with simply seeing more human perspectives.
Karyn Kusama
I wrote my first screenplay on a lark, because it was a storytelling format that felt like a familiar shorthand – we all watch movies, don’t we? But even though I grew up in Los Angeles, my family was entirely unconnected with the movie industry, and I never truly believed that it would one day be my fate.
Lisa Lutz
Joe and I have always been drawn to ensemble storytelling. We like the idea of telling stories from multiple characters’ points of view and thinking about the story from multiple characters’ points of view.
Anthony Russo
As a filmmaker, I want to bring some value, some thought in the mind of my audience. When I embark on the journey of storytelling, I am an explorer.
Sriram Raghavan
Everything feels so personal when you’re an actor because you’re so open and vulnerable, and you have to trust your director to guide you to where the storytelling needs to go.
Miriam Shor
Well, I suppose I’m interested in ways of storytelling and in stories that are about storytelling.
Neil Jordan
Anybody working on storytelling has my respect.
David Cage
When you have 12 hours of storytelling, the cool thing about it is that you get to really leave people with question marks, but hopefully wanting to come back.
Brian J. Smith
Audiences still crave storytelling.
Kathleen Kennedy
My heart is in independent film-making. For me, it’s where the fun, gritty storytelling is being told.
Aaron Paul
The Monte Carlo TV Festival is great because it’s a celebration of television and great storytelling.
Eric Close
I want to be around people that are just as enthusiastic about the process and storytelling as I am.
John David Washington
Robert Bolt’s storytelling is the kind that I grew up with and aspired to.
Peter Morgan
When you’re telling taut, tight storytelling that has any kind of built-in plot twist elements, you tend to want to stack everything up on top of itself as opposed to letting things breathe and be languid in terms of the passage of time.
Julie Plec
Storytelling has a narcotic power.
Robert Harris
As new technology emerges as the greatest challenge to novels since the advent of film, it may be that the fragmentation of storytelling into installments key to Dickens’s era will be recreated in some way.
Matthew Pearl
When I think about the shows that we have on our air, we’ve been known for a long time for shows that feature strong, dynamic, powerful women at their forefront. And we’re going to continue with that kind of storytelling.
Channing Dungey
Storytelling, mythology and film provide a lot of hope but, on the flip side, can also create delusion.
Aml Ameen
European films were what it was about for me – the sensations I needed, the depth, the storytelling, the characters, the directors, and the freedom that you can’t really find in American films.
Charlotte Rampling
There is very much a sense of different versions of storytelling within our ‘Camelot’ – who tells those stories, who creates them, who shifts them.
Chris Chibnall
One of the reasons why I think virtual reality, as a narrative format, is never going to go beyond the short-form immersion space is because the bedrock of visual storytelling is the reverse angle. If you can’t look into the eyes of the protagonist, you cannot hold people’s attention for more than 15 minutes.
Steven Soderbergh
I’m very interested in storytelling and anything that plays with structure.
Matthew Bourne
For me, the drive is storytelling. To be a part of an a

For me, the drive is storytelling. To be a part of an art that tells a story and to be a catalyst, a color in that, is very exciting.
Alden Ehrenreich
In Haiti, as I understand it, storytelling and history itself are not a business of necessarily elucidating facts or the truth of an incident, but finding the version that is most entertaining and therefore will get retold and live in immortality.
John Edgar Wideman
Storytelling is an ancient and honorable act. An essential role to play in the community or tribe. It’s one that I embrace wholeheartedly and have been fortunate enough to be rewarded for.
Russell Banks
My major allegiance has been to storytelling, not to history.
Russell Banks
I was deeply infected with storytelling from the get go, and I truly love it.
Luis Alberto Urrea
Right before ‘American Dreams,’ I started to pursue these avenues, like short films and getting into a couple night courses to really study photography and cinematography, and the language of visual storytelling.
Tom Verica
Visual storytelling is at once immediate and subversive.
Karin Slaughter
I would rather impress you with my storytelling than with the size of my waist and my hips.
But I think we’re also just talking about the literacy of the audience. The visual literacy of the audience. They’ve seen so many images now, especially here in the States. There’s so much to look at, to watch. So the visual storytelling literacy is harder to impress.
Keanu Reeves
Storytelling is my currency. It’s my only worth. The only thing of value I have in this life is my ability to tell a story, whether in print, orating, writing it down or having people acting it out.
Kevin Smith
My humor tends to be a little more edgy than is appropriate for ‘Twilight,’ although I got some in there. That was fun! There’s just a tonal difference. For me, storytelling is storytelling. But, I do like writing for grown ups.
Melissa Rosenberg
Storytelling is what lights my fire.
Hope Davis
With TV, your first draft just doesn’t matter. It’s a skeleton, and then there’s draft after draft after draft, and so many other factors influence it. It’s just a whole different kind of storytelling.
Sarah Pinborough
All the Indigenous paintings throughout history, they were always a bird’s eye view, it’s the Indigenous way of storytelling.
Aaron Pedersen
I think ‘GoodFellas’ is just a perfect film. From an efficiency of storytelling standpoint, from an entertainment standpoint, from a performance standpoint, from a use of music standpoint, from a cinematography and editing standpoint – to me, it’s just a perfect movie.
Derek Cianfrance
Anxiety is your creativity turned into a weapon that you use to beat yourself up. And this is because anxiety is mostly storytelling – repeating poisonous stories that you’ve inherited from others. It feeds on your fear.
Baron Vaughn
When you’re a storyteller, part of the process of storytelling is the kind of communion you form with the audience to whom you’re telling your story. If some segment of the audience doesn’t like that story, it doesn’t feel good.
Carlton Cuse
When we moved from ‘Ice Age’ to ‘Ice Age 2,’ we were really stuck; a story didn’t just organically emerge. While I’m very proud of ‘Ice Age 2,’ from a storytelling sense, it’s a very thin story.
Chris Meledandri
Storytelling is storytelling. Good stories need compelling characters and interesting conflicts. That’s the bottom line no matter what medium you’re writing for.
D. J. MacHale
I think my sensibilities about storytelling and character just automatically come into play when I’m trying to work on any kind of narrative. For me, it doesn’t really matter what the source of the narrative is. I will be looking for ways to make it into an intriguing story with empathetic characters.
Duncan Jones
In older science fiction stories, they had to rely on storytelling as opposed to spectacle. The old run of the ‘Twilight Zone,’ the star was the writing and the storytelling, and the characters and the twists and the cleverness in the setup and payoff and execution.
Josh Trank
It’s often lost in most Silicon Valley startups, the importance of storytelling when most people are thinking about they assemble their team and the critical functions that the team needs to be successful. Storytelling is normally not on the list.
Brock Pierce
The evil of storytelling is you’re trying to make the audience complicit in murder – ‘Kill the guy! Jump him!’ And then once you’ve done it, it’s like, ‘I’ve killed this guy, now what?’
Bruno Heller
When I’m working with pictures, with images and storytelling, it’s really about the sentiment and the emotional trajectory of the characters. That’s really where the music lives, I think. That’s what I’m focused on; that’s what I respond to most strongly.
Max Richter
Films used to be an event that required work and effort to get to a theater to see. Now, really good content is available immediately to us on many devices. At the same time, the audience’s appetite for storytelling is evolving, and people want to spend time with characters for many years.
Joe Russo
It’s a risk, but I’m sort of ready to let go of thinking of movies as books that you can watch. The notion of, ‘If I put the narrative blocks in the right order, this will solve all of my storytelling problems.’ No, it won’t, and you end up with little more than books on film.
Shane Carruth
Good scripts have always been, I think, hard to find. Good storytelling, good writing – it’s just not easy. I have made it a point that – if I’m going to put the energy into doing this work – I will wait until I find something I’m really happy with.
Chris Cooper
The hours I spent attempting to decipher some of Dunnett’s more oblique passages opened me to the possibilities of romantic storytelling.
Alaya Dawn Johnson
We have always put the quest for balance at the center of our storytelling, whether it is the struggle to find it within one character, between a character and society, between disparate cultures or between humans and their environment.
Bryan Konietzko
In college, I got an internship at my local station in Honolulu one summer, and I just fell in love with broadcast news, reporting, and storytelling. After college, I started out at NBC, and I worked behind the scenes at ‘Today’ and ‘Dateline.’
Emily Chang
I’m also on the Board at Sundance, so I’ve seen witnessed first hand the power of independent storytelling.
Kenneth Cole
We use music, cinematic storytelling and very stylized

We use music, cinematic storytelling and very stylized backgrounds to create mood and atmosphere as ‘Samurai Jack’ travels an exotic landscape. The environment is a major character in each show.
Genndy Tartakovsky
People come to museums for storytelling and engagement, and the technology needs to facilitate that.
Jake Barton
Monsters are a storytelling tool, like domestic realism and close third.
Colson Whitehead
I think movies moving forward are going to become long-form storytelling.
Joe Russo
The comics I made from 1990 to 1997 were largely based in vaguely urban, vaguely dystopic settings because that was my reference point for comics storytelling in general.
Nate Powell
We promote Asian storytelling – not just Asian stories but Asian people in stories with the full spectrum of the human experience. When you say, ‘Oh, it’s not enough attention on Asians. It’s more black and white,’ that game becomes like you’re playing the discrimination Olympics.
Ronny Chieng
I was brought up telling stories, when I was a kid, in the tiny village where I grew up. Storytelling was a tradition.
Peter Stormare
We like mature storytelling. We like dramatic storytelling. We like intense storytelling.
Anthony Russo
The way that Lucasfilm used ILM was George never restricted his thinking to things that he knew could be executed with the tools at the time. He would write what he thought would be cool and what he wanted from a storytelling standpoint with the assumption that, ‘Well, they’ll figure it out!’
John Knoll
Actors have an opportunity to use storytelling as a way to solve pain.
Nicolas Cage
We’re always looking for ways to use technologies to open up new creative expressions for us artistically. So we’re constantly thinking about where something like VR may lead us in storytelling or what kind of tool that gives us as storytellers.
Anthony Russo
All novels are about crime. You’d be hard pressed to find any novel that does not have an element of crime. I don’t see myself as a crime novelist, but there are crimes in my books. That’s the nature of storytelling, if you want to reflect the real world.
Carl Hiaasen
I don’t need to write comics for a living. I have movies and TV for that. I write comics for one reason and one reason only: I love comics. I love the form, the structure, the storytelling process, I love everything about it.
J. Michael Straczynski
Justin Lin, the writer and director of the teenage-wasteland drama ‘Better Luck Tomorrow,’ a shrewdly tense piece of storytelling, recognizes that sometimes it’s good for a filmmaker to stir up trouble.
Elvis Mitchell
It’s a leap of faith doing any serialised storytelling.
J. J. Abrams
Suspension of disbelief is a necessary ingredient in all storytelling. So it has been with the government’s narrative that it is delivering Brexit.
Jo Johnson
We all have incredible relationships to what we eat, to what we don’t eat, to what we’ve eaten since childhood and what we were fed, to what food means to us. And so I find it a really powerful tool in storytelling and in opening people’s hearts and their minds.
Samin Nosrat
I want to work with great directors and tell great stories – storytelling is the one great love of my life, and it means so much, and we have the ability to change the world by telling stories, and I want to keep doing that.
Kelly Marie Tran
My dad did a wonderful feat of memory and storytelling by taking T S Eliot’s ‘Four Quartets’ on the road in a one-man show.
Freddie Fox
You can’t visit readers where you think they are. You have to invite them home to where you are and try to lure them into your universe. That’s the art of storytelling.
Jo Nesbo
I am a storyteller, and I take great pride in the storytelling and a great joy.
Bonnie Hunt
But I think we are seeing a resurgence of the graphic ghost story like The Others, Devil’s Backbone and The Sixth Sense. It is a return to more gothic atmospheric ghost storytelling.
Guillermo del Toro
To me, art and storytelling serve primal, spiritual functions in my daily life. Whether I’m telling a bedtime story to my kids or trying to mount a movie or write a short story or a novel, I take it very seriously.
Guillermo del Toro
I love Fredorator and what they produce and the storytelling of ‘Adventure Time’… There’s such a dark, adult underlying theme underneath the whimsical, magical children’s aspect of their storytelling element.
Michelle Phan
Along the way, I learned the key to launching a company. It’s all about storytelling.
Gil Penchina
Tragedy is a great storytelling form. It worked extremely well for Shakespeare. It worked extremely well for Jim Cameron with ‘Titanic.’
Carlton Cuse
I love entertaining and I love storytelling.
Anh Do
‘The Last Of Us,’ to me, is just amazing storytelling, because everything’s from the character point of view, which even movies don’t really do successfully a lot of the time.
Felicia Day
I’m not a go-out-with-a-band artist. I’m an intimate, storytelling folk artist. It guides the writing and makes for a concert that I’m proud of.
Shawn Colvin
If we can find our storytelling in more complimentary ways with the technology, I think it’s just going to get better and better.
David Droga
I love storytelling. I love characters that are complicated and layered, real people, that you see why they do what they do.
Carrie-Anne Moss
With musical theatre, although there are rules, they're

With musical theatre, although there are rules, they’re so different to the ones I feel like I have accidentally been ingrained with writing pop music. The main point is to tell the story. You just have to make sure the character’s voice is strong and the storytelling is strong.
Sara Bareilles
One of the things that I’ve always appreciated about the ‘X-Men’ style of storytelling versus other Marvel stories is how fluid the line between good and bad and right and wrong is.
Noah Hawley
Who knows what form storytelling will take in the future?
Marc Randolph
Storytelling is a very old human skill that gives us an evolutionary advantage. If you can tell young people how you kill an emu, acted out in song or dance, or that Uncle George was eaten by a croc over there, don’t go there to swim, then those young people don’t have to find out by trial and error.
Margaret Atwood
There’s a classic element that all good Disney movies have. It really comes down to the storytelling, I think. It manages to push all of these buttons inside of us; there’s a sentimentality.
Mandy Moore
I’m interested in everything. I don’t see why Borges can’t work along with Neil Gaiman, or Stephen King can’t be mixed with Balzac. It’s just storytelling; it’s different ways of using codes and images and words and sounds.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Lifelong wrestling fans who are discovering NXT and being like, ‘Wait, this is the kind of wrestling I used to like,’ or, ‘I like this’ – it’s succinct. It’s an hour long. You’ve got some great wrestlers, and you’ve got great storytelling, and it’s simple, and it’s gritty.
Sami Zayn
I need people – theatrics and schmoozing and storytelling are part of my talent.
Joel Salatin
I don’t differentiate game design and script; it is one and only document. I think that one of the biggest problem with storytelling in games is that people tend to separate story and interactivity. Both should be conceived as one entity, each using the other.
David Cage
Self-pity, a dominant characteristic of sociopaths, is also the characteristic that differentiates heroic storytelling from psychological rumination. When you talk about your experiences to shed light, you may feel wrenching pain, grief, anger, or shame. Your audience may pity you, but not because you want them to.
Martha Beck
I loved ghost stories. I love horror stories. I love all of that stuff, but I really yearn for something to actually frighten me. It’s more of a yearning for that than something that has to necessarily be cerebral or sophisticated. Good storytelling and something that actually frightens you.
Jane Goldman
I am fascinated by storytelling glue. Anytime I see someone who’s good at it, I stop and wonder, ‘How’d they ‘do this? Why can’t I tear myself away?
Robert Krulwich
Even if someone doesn’t like it, or just likes it for me, storytelling has been the one true love story of my entire life.
Kelly Marie Tran
Theater and film are essentially the same – just different kinds of storytelling.
Howard Shore
From early on there were two things that filled my life – music and storytelling, both of them provoked by my father. He was a jazz pianist and also a very good storyteller, an avid reader. He passed both those interests on to me.
Athol Fugard
For me, my brand is good storytelling.
Lena Waithe
As I’ve gotten older and my life is a lot more stable, I’ve gotten more into storytelling.
Scott Weiland
I remember writing ‘5 Dollars’ out of intense listening sessions of Bruce Springsteen. I don’t know if it’s obvious, but I was obsessed with how limpid Bruce Springsteen’s melodies are: It’s such a great way to do storytelling and to still be melodic and catchy.
Christine and the Queens
Through our Building Bridges dialogues at Accenture, where we have brought together people from diverse backgrounds to have sometimes difficult conversations, such as around race, I have experienced the power of storytelling to help people from diverse backgrounds understand each other.
Julie Sweet
I am a writer and editor with a passion for true storytelling. To me, science matters, research matters and knowledge matters, whatever the field.
Lee Gutkind
What Peter Jackson proved with ‘Lord Of The Rings’ movies is that you could make various changes, and you could pull things around, but as long as it was in the spirit of the storytelling, and because he made The Shire so real, the fans forgave him for the changes.
Cheo Hodari Coker
Earlier films were meant only for entertainment, but now filmmakers, who are products of these times, do not compromise on real stuff. That is why storytelling has become more convincing.
Manoj Bajpayee
‘Star Trek’ is the McDonald’s of science fiction; it’s fast food storytelling. Every problem is like every other problem. They all get solved in an hour. Nobody ever gets hurt, and nobody needs to care. You give up an hour of your time, and you don’t really have to get involved. It’s all plastic.
David Gerrold
Television has embraced so much in terms of storytelling and in terms of a wide array of characters conveying stories from different points of view.
Aja Naomi King
Why go to Antarctica, why do a film like ‘Grizzly Man’? It’s the sheer joy of storytelling – it’s the urge.
Werner Herzog
In the end, you don’t want music to be noticed as much as digested and integrated into the storytelling. And make audiences sit forward in their seats and enjoy the movie.
Thomas Newman
When I pick up the guitar, it’s a melody, and that’s what drives the lyrics. It’s bits and pieces of truth, but it is storytelling.
Ray LaMontagne
As I got a little older, I discovered Lori McKenna and Patty Griffin and found out how many other tools we have as songwriters, that there’s storytelling and there’s ear candy, and that there is a place where they meet, too, and both of those women are really good at doing that.
Ashley McBryde
The natural milieu I inhabit is more in epic storytelling.
Terry Hayes
I work for ABC. If the thing that ABC is paying me for is storytelling – not to make sure that a costume is exactly right or all those other things – then it is up to me to find the most creative space possible so that that function of my job can happen.
Shonda Rhimes
What I realized is that it doesn’t matter how big or small your film is. The actual filmmaking process, the actual storytelling, it’s still the same thing. It’s still all about creating characters that you like and creating moments that get you excited or get you tense.
James Wan
I was on the outside of the industry. So I started a po

I was on the outside of the industry. So I started a podcast early in the podcast boom and that caught on a little. I made an album that went to No. 1 on the iTunes charts. I made my own special. I started my own storytelling show.
Ari Shaffir
I do develop characters for songs, and I think of everything as storytelling, in a way. But I don’t plan out what they’re going to sound like. I just sing over what I’ve done.
Julia Holter
For me, movies and television are interesting because they are the dominant storytelling form of our time. My first love will always be fiction, and especially novels, but I’m a writer… I write poetry and essays and criticism and I’d love to write a whole play, and sometimes I even write scripts.
Jess Walter
With any movie at all the challenge lies in the storytelling.
James Newton Howard
It’s populated by people who, by and large, have terrific communication skills. Every day is an extraordinary day. For me, it was just a great area for storytelling.
Aaron Sorkin
I am a person who believes in asking questions, in not conforming for the sake of conforming. I am deeply dissatisfied – about so many things, about injustice, about the way the world works – and in some ways, my dissatisfaction drives my storytelling.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I still very much appreciate the storytelling of the best rappers.
Alex Turner
Most of what we say about ourselves is a wonderful piece of storytelling.
Simon McBurney
Broadchurch’ was all about shades of grey, both in characters and storytelling, and I wanted to see that through to the end.
Chris Chibnall
I love character-driven, well-written, great storytelling types of films, and I think that ‘My Cousin Vinny’ just hit the nail on the head with everything. It’s one of those movies that, if I’m flipping through the channels, no matter what part it’s on, I can watch it. It’s just one of my favorites.
Mekhi Phifer
If you go back to early folk, it’s all storytelling; that’s exactly what it is: some guy telling a story in a pub to 50 people with a guitar, you know.
I love storytelling.
Brie Larson
Here’s what I think is good about ‘Ted Lasso’ and what I’m proud of in it, as a writer: It’s about kindness and teamwork and empathy, and being curious and not judgmental, but it does all of that through storytelling and plot.
Brett Goldstein
I’ve always preferred comics that really rely on visual storytelling. It’s what makes comics special. Otherwise, you’re better off reading a novel.
Cliff Chiang
Storytelling is based on the word, being an honorable person of integrity is based on your word.
Jesse Williams
I don’t make unconventional stories; I don’t make non-linear stories. I like linear storytelling a lot.
Steven Spielberg
You cannot reduce the power of story with the tag of money because it’s not a share market. So you must know the seriousness of the power of storytelling.
Irrfan Khan
I don’t use film cameras. I don’t do visual effects the same way. We don’t use miniature models; it’s all CG now, creating worlds in CG. It’s a completely different toolset. But the rules of storytelling are the same.
James Cameron
Video games as a storytelling medium are, from a mathematical standpoint, a branching narrative. You start at one place, you can go in multiple different directions, and there’s a multitude of different endings.
Chris Milk
Stan Lee is like the universal hero. He got every culture together by storytelling. He gave every community their own hero to follow, in fiction and actually in factual life.
I think that there’s a sense that procedurals, because they have more of a formula to the storytelling, it doesn’t necessarily rate as high as some of the high-concept, big-idea, big-swing things that get the critics really excited.
Channing Dungey
Oral storytelling goes back so long ago, and those stories that were told orally were always layered and changed with time.
Ashwin Sanghi
Especially when it comes to something like the awards, I find it kind of baffling that ‘True Blood’ has been snubbed so many times given the incredible range of acting they have on there; I mean, incredible storytelling and the incredible production values.
Denis O’Hare
With storytelling, you have to see yourself as the hero in the movie of your own life, and I kind of see myself as a supporting role, a walk-on role that has five lines. I say, ‘Mr. President, the Russians are here.’ That’s how I see myself.
Baron Vaughn
The passion and knowledge of journalism as storytelling is incredibly infectious.
Tom McCarthy
If the day-to-day culture is saying it’s OK to not be inclusive or tolerant, that it’s OK to be bigoted, then it’s your responsibility to double down and make it OK in storytelling to be inclusive and tolerant.
Julie Plec
My life has been the antithesis of that book ‘The Secret’. I’ve always been interested in doing what I do. I love storytelling and I really enjoyed acting, but it never seemed like a realistic thing.
Aaron Stanford
The power of storytelling – of elevating the voices and examples of incredible leaders who have overcome odd after odd – remains absolute.
Caroline Ghosn
The original and very basic ‘Law & Order’ series has always seemed to me to be 100-percent exposition, with no filler, no pesky nuances and almost no background about the series’ continuing characters – just the hard nuts and bolts of pure storytelling.
Tom Shales
I’m a big believer in pairing classics with contemporary literature, so students have the opportunity to see that literature is not a cold, dead thing that happened once but instead a vibrant mode of storytelling that’s been with us a long time – and will be with us, I hope, for a long time to come.
John Green
The Internet is allowing us to get back to what’s really more natural, which is that storytelling is a shared thing. It’s our natural way to be communal.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
I don't really have a drive toward being a director at

I don’t really have a drive toward being a director at all. Not that I wouldn’t rule it out, but I just don’t think my instincts lie necessarily in a very visual way. But I am very interested in storytelling, narrative and character development, so writing is something that I absolutely want to do.
Rose McIver