In the clip below, filmmaker and heavyweight TV producer J.J. Abrams talks about his love of "Mystery", and how it is the catalyst for imagination. Of course, we all know that mystery is an essential ingredient in good stories, and can be a useful tool in the craft of storytelling.
With his involvement in the TV Shows Lost, Alias, and Fringe, and the films Cloverfield, Mission Impossible 3 and the recent blockbuster Star Trek, Abrams has mastered the art of creating mysteries, and perhaps more important, the withholding of information. Every week Lost unveils the mysteries behind the island (sometimes in maddening ways that perpetuate the questions!) but in a way that is tantalizing to viewers.
He also talks about something he bought as a child, "Tannen's Magic Mystery Box", a device used in many of the best stories,. So this talk is entirely appropriate for this blog, and for those of you who are storytellers.