What do you guys do?
Go watch loads of your favourite films and reads loads of your favourite books, and pick out the most dramatic bits.
Don't copy the scenes directly, but think about why it's a good scene: where does the suspense come from? Are the characters reacting in an interesting way?
I admit, have of my ideas for how to set up scenes and stuff in my animations and off-site work come from reading books and thinking "woah, that's really effective, I think I'll use that".
A series that is breathtaking.
If you're just going to post a ranty comment because you can't be bothered to look something up on Google, don't post it at all.
Draw a comic-like of what is going to happen in your story, it doesn't matter if the drawing is not good. That's - basically - a storyboard.
That way you won't find yourself wondering what you should do in the next scene. Pay attention to detail, make custom backgrounds, for instance. Use the camera to make close-ups of the characters when they speak.
And include aliens.
Gipsy I was already agreeing with all your wonderful advice. So I didn't feel the need to comment. Until I saw the last one. Point well made, and so essential.
LOL, @ gipsy! That last 3 WORDS... like, OH MY GOSH IS SO FUNNY!
NerdSwagg, you just gave me a great idea for a series: The Breathtaker!
I haven't decided yet whether he goes around stealing people's air, or whether he just impresses them so much with his animations that they keel over.
search the web for good story lines, and then put them in your videos and come up with ways to make a series out of the characters.
Maybe you are trying to thing too hard. Just relax and let it come naturally. Maybe even take a notepad around to jot down your ideas (doesn't matter if it doesn't seem right at the time but jot down anything that may lurk in the midst of a "breathtaking" plot). So once you've got down all your ideas - doesn't matter if you thought they may be bad - just sit down and read them and maybe one might seem perfect for you or even combine some. You might even find yourself picking an idea you thought was bad. You could also elaborate on some of your ideas to make the best one.
You know... Whatever floats your boat. Try and be adventurous and remember it doesn't have to work out the first time so keep trying until you get it right.