Click on the image above to make it bigger. That's Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work, a treasured, dependable crib sheet for the illustrators and writers of comics.
I believe filmmakers will also benefit from taking a good look at the images, considering what connects them, and importantly, what sets each apart from the others.
I came to this scan through Neil Gaiman's blog, Gaiman was guided to it by Mark Evanier. Somehow it feels like a secret treasure handed down, and I'm happy to have it and to be able to offer it to you.