You know those crisp, beautiful autumn mornings with azure skies and a low-angled sun jabbing fingers of light through the trees into a carpet of mist? It was one of those. I took photos in my local park while walking the dog. Each scene, viewed by eye, was a perfect English autumn composition. The resulting photos? Rubbish! Each image was underexposed, the rays of sunlight looked weak and the sky was a flat pastel.

Detailed back stories, characters’ past experience, in-depth consideration of every detail of a place, person, environment, machine or action – for me, these are the elements of great storytelling. These are the things which raise a good story to a great one.