Syd Field (‘The Guru of all screenwriters’ – CNN) says in his books that one need to build the plot, plan sub plots, look at transitions between two plots amongst tips on how to involve the audience in the visual storytelling called cinema. Most of the movies that we see fall into this structure, including Bollywood 🙂
The funny take on such teachers in Nicolas Cage’s Adaptation notwithstanding, I have really gained a lot by reading his books. For I believe in – Learning the rules well enough so that you can break them well enough.
I have been watching M Night Shyamalan’s movies lately and I feel that his storytelling is quite different. He builds up the plot well, and abruptly turn to the sub plots; His climax is almost like a flash. But is he forcing himself to be unpredictable, to be different?