The Nutshell Technique

nutshell technique

Developing engaging design scenarios can be a challenging task for many projects. At its heart, a design scenario is a situation in which an artefact and a human interact in some important and meaningful way. Designers thus may find it beneficial to search for inspiration and borrow techniques from screenwriting, so as to adopt best practice from the production of plays and movies.

Veteran script consultant Jill Chamberlain’s  book The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting explains her technique for scripting a film and provides easy-to-follow diagrams which can be deployed by designers.

The readers are taken step-by-step through thirty movies, showing how dissimilar screenplays such as Casablanca, Chinatown, Pulp Fiction, The Usual Suspects, Little Miss Sunshine, Juno, Silver Linings Playbook, and Argo all actually follow the same general principles.