Apologies if a thread already exists about this. I couldn't find one that was what I was looking for, but then again the search function on this forum has always proved unreliable to me for some reason. I took a film class and of the many things I learned (most of which I've forgot), one of the concepts I learned about was transitioning from scene to scene using similarly shaped objects. So, cereal bowl to shower-head, eyeball to the bowl of a toilet. The purpose is to create a sense of continuity or to help create a meaningful connection between two objects. Other means of transition include sounds. The siren of an emergency vehicle and the noise of one's alarm clock. Or one more example: I'm by no means a film critic or watch a lot of anime. I imagine what I'm about to explain is common in other entertainment, like sitcoms or The Walking Dead / GoT. A favorite anime series of mine, Fate: stay night, has really good pacing and other well executed aspects. By pacing, I'm talking about how there's either a fight, or a build-up to a fight, or suspense-- and the writer(s?) really know when to give the viewer a break. But the breaks aren't just filler; no time is wasted in further exploring and developing the cast of characters, and their relationships with one another. And the end of each episode isn't always a "cliffhanger" necessarily, but it definitely makes one want to binge the whole series in a single night. Each episode typically resolves the "question" or *a* question, or reveals something important. You get a real sense that things are progressing in a believable and natural way. It would appear to me that this sense or feeling is pretty fragile and requires the hands of an expert surgeon to get right. I'm being slightly hyperbolic, but it's easy to tell when a show is stagnating or wasting time, or alternatively when it is moving too quickly. Undoubtedly the common ground with all this is the subject of storytelling, so much of what I'm saying is true across all forms of media/entertainment as long as what's being told is a story. But the expression of such concepts comes out differently from medium to medium. I for one think it can be really useful to examine scene structure (at a storytelling level) by watching a well-written anime series or television show. Mainly because it might accomplish the key parts of scene structure in a different way. It might also be helpful to have a visualization of the process shown to you as it goes along. And lastly, it may give one some refreshing ways of approaching their writing. What are your thoughts? Are there any techniques from other storytelling mediums that you believe have influenced your writing in a valuable way?