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Monday, June 8, 2015

BE A SUCCESSFUL WRITER...MASTER THIS TRAINING

TEN (10) EPISODES have been posted.

BENEFITS OF MASTERING THIS MATERIAL:

  • You will be excited from the very beginning to write your story.
  • You'll know exactly where you're going and how you're going to get there.
  • You'll have the freedom to let your character's wander WITH PURPOSE and direction.
  • You will totally avoid writer's block. 
  • You will not waste your time writing a great scene that has nothing to do with the story.
  • Your first draft will write itself in a faction of the time without using this information.
  • Your rewrites will be focused—you'll know exactly what you need to fix.
  • You'll give your audience an even-paced, emotional roller coaster ride.
  • You'll be excited for your audience and be able to see through their eyes.
  • Your story will have meaning and purpose and make life better for your audience.
  • Your story will have no dull or slow middle. 
  • Every scene you write will have a beginning, middle, and end thick with plot and tension.
  • You will be in control, but your characters will surprise you.
  • Serendipity will be wonderfully common place.


BY OR RENT?

You can rent or buy any of the ten or the entire package, available at the bottom of this page. Links to and titles of each are listed at right. The total play time is nearly 7 hours—the equivalent of content delivered in a 2-day live workshop. The material here is more condensed due to the elimination of live workshop Q&A, breaks, presenter's sidebar comments, stories and amnesia. I've cut out most of the amnesia parts.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Package - All 10 Storycraft Programs

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EPISODE NO. 1-20   LENGTH: 408-min.   SLIDES: 268   CLIPS: 32

WHAT THIS COURSE WILL TEACH YOU:
Scroll down to see the individual descriptions under each course listed on the *HOME page at right.

ALSO AVAILABLE: The 10 programs are also available individually. Scroll below for information and trailers on each program.

PREREQUISITES: Take the programs in order 1-10.

DESCRIPTION: The trailer for the entire package is a free episode that briefly summarizes the 18 Secrets of Successful Stories. (Click on image above.)

The Moral Premise Storycraft Training series provides practical understanding of the Natural Laws of Story Telling as they pertain to structure and how audiences emotionally connect with a story's characters. The training applies to any media type and genre, although for illustration purposes motion pictures are used for examples.

The series is based on Stan Williams' book THE MORAL PREMISE: HARNESSING VIRTUE AND VICE FOR BOX OFFICE SUCCESS, as well as Stan's workshops and story and script consulting work in Hollywood since 2006. The series is composed of 10 programs or Episodes that link 20 separate videos. Together they deliver the core content from Stan's two-day workshop, but condense the material into about 7-hours of content delivery.

Consistently structuring a story around a true moral premise is the crux of all successful stories. In these ten episodes (and 20 videos) Dr. Williams explains how irony, hooks, log lines, a conflict of values, character traits, dramatic beats, over all structure, a moment of grace, and character transformation are designed into the arcs of characters, plots and subplots.

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Sunday, May 20, 2001

1. Intro to Story Theory & Irony


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EPISODE NO. 1   VIDEO PARTS: 2  LENGTH: 33-min   SLIDES: 32   CLIPS: 2
PREREQUSITES: None
DESCRIPTION: This episode explains three fundamental concepts behind all successful stories: (A) The place of Story in Culture and why the telling of stories is so important; (B) the importance of a story's Moral Premise that effects sales, character transformation, inner and outer spines, motivation & action, and cause & effect; and (C) Aristotle's Six Pillars of a Great Story and how they all relate to irony, conflict, suspense and tension. 

SPECIFICALLY, WHAT THIS COURSE WILL TEACH YOU:

  • Why storytelling is the crux of culture
  • What stories teach you that nothing else can
  • How fictional stories tell the truth
  • The interrelationship between the two spines of ever story
  • The role of Natural Law in story creation
  • How the inner and outer journeys can be summarized in one sentence
  • The correlation between a story's moral validity and box office receipts
  • The three transformations in every story
  • How the inner and outer stories can be unified.
  • How inter values motivate outer action
  • How drama and intrigue originate from what is natural
  • The role irony plays in every aspect of a successful story
  • How Aristotle's 6 pillars of a great story contribute to drama and suspense
  • Why impossibilities are necessary in every story
  • What Ratatouille, The Kings Speech, Gravity, and Django have in common.

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Sunday, May 21, 2000

2. Hooks, Log Lines & the Conflict of Values

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EPISODE NO. 2    VIDEO PARTS: 3   LENGTH: 53-min   SLIDES: 30   CLIPS: 0
PREREQUSITES: Episode 1
DESCRIPTION: This episode explains the first three secrets of all successful stories, and three of the Moral Premises' Story Fundamentals: Ironic Hooks, Log lines, and the motivational Conflict of Values. These are critical to the success of all stories if they are to connect with audiences. Getting these three secrets and fundamentals right will speed your writing and help ensure your audience connects emotionally with your characters.

SPECIFICALLY, this course covers:

  • The first three secrets of successful stories
  • The six Story Fundamentals you need to know before you begin to write.
  • The four elements of a ironic hook
  • The five critical ingredients of a Log Line
  • The alternative four questions every log line needs to answer
  • The four word outline of every successful tory's structure.
  • The five elements of a motivating conflict of values
  • How to incorporate linguistic ironic conflict in sentence structure
  • The structural difference between redemptive and tragic stories.

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Friday, May 21, 1999

3. The Moral Premise Statement

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EPISODE NO. 3    VIDEO PARTS: 2   LENGTH: 35-min   SLIDES: 25   CLIPS: 3
PREREQUSITES: Episodes 1-2
DESCRIPTION: This episode explains the organic basis of of the Moral Premise Statement, how it is constructed, how it is used, and how it focuses all the creative elements in a movie, novel or play so all the plots and subplots are about one thing. We also show clips from two films as examples.

SPECIFICALLY, this program covers:

-- The three characteristics of conveying Verisimilitude
-- The realms of reality that must coincide
-- How values drive action
-- How consequences change values
-- The four elements of a valid Moral Premise statement
-- How the moral premise is often articulated in a movie
-- The box office difference between a true and false moral premise
-- The intimate relationship between psychological and physical spines
-- The difference between Redemptive and Tragic arcs
-- How the moral premise is illustrated in DIE HARD
-- The 13 ways a story can consistently be about one thing

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Thursday, May 21, 1998

4. Character Traits (Secrets)

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EPISODE NO. 4    VIDEO PARTS: 1   LENGTH: 23-min   SLIDES: 7   CLIPS: 0
PREREQUSITES: Episodes 1-3
DESCRIPTION: This episode explains the five critical traits that your protagonist (and all other main characters) must have in order to emotionally connect with audiences. These include Imperfection, Passion, Visible Goals, Psychological Needs, and the origin of organic insurmountable physical obstacles that prevent the protagonist and others from reaching their goals.

SPECIFICALLY, this program covers:
-- Successful story secrets six through 10
-- Why your protagonist needs to be imperfect
-- How your protagonist must strive to change
-- The importance of a protagonist's visible physical goal
-- The motivation of the protagonist's psychological need
-- How the protagonist's psychological need creates physical obstacles.

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Tuesday, May 27, 1997

5. The Evolution of Story Structure

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EPISODE NO.  5  VIDEO PARTS: 2   LENGTH: 42-min   SLIDES: 42   CLIPS: 1
PREREQUSITES: Episodes 1-4
DESCRIPTION: This episode explains the development of story structure in order to create an emotional roller coaster ride for your audience or reader. The episode focuses on the traditional 3-act, 13-beats of successful stories, but also describes alternative beats that are based on the human condition and result in act structures of 5, 7 and 12.

SPECIFICALLY, this program covers:
-- Secrets to Successful Stories 11 & 16
-- How story structure evolved
-- The critical dramatic beats of a 30-second story
-- How the placement and character of beats are determined
-- The three disasters of a novel
-- The three parts of all stories
-- The 13 traditional macro beats of a successful motion picture or novel
-- How to solve a "slow middle"
-- How the 13 macro beats and Pinch Points create a perfect roller coaster
-- The psychological and physical roller coaster of a story
-- How to create a roller coaster with a spread sheet
-- Five alternative story structures

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Monday, May 27, 1996

6. Act 1 Beats

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EPISODE NO. 6    VIDEO PARTS: 1   LENGTH: 21-min   SLIDES: 20   CLIPS: 4
PREREQUSITES: Episodes 1-5
DESCRIPTION: This episode explains and provides examples for the critical story beats found in Act 1: First/Last Image, Life Before, The Inciting Incident, Rejecting the Journey, Act 1 Climax, and Crossing the Threshold.

SPECIFICALLY, this program covers:
-- How story structure is part of Natural Law of Life's Structure
-- The importance (with examples) of the First and Last Image
-- Why visual storytelling is important, even in novels.
-- Two examples of the Inciting Incident and why it's important
-- The Act 1 Climax beat from Ratatouille's co-protagonists.
-- Crossing the Threshold Beat in Harry Potter's Sorcerer's Stone

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Monday, May 29, 1995

7. Act 2 Beats & Casablanca

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EPISODE NO. 7   VIDEO PARTS: 3   LENGTH: 59-min   SLIDES: 25   CLIPS: 10
PREREQUSITES: Episodes 1-6
DESCRIPTION: This episode explains Act 2 beats: Threshold Crossing, B-Story, Pinch Point A, Pinch Point B, and Act 2 Climax/Near Death. (The Moment of Grace is reserved to another Episode.) It provides example from two motion pictures (Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, and Casablanca). A special feature of Parts 2 & 3 is the macro breakdown, with example clips, of all of CASABLANCA's 8 major turning points from Act 1 through Act 3.

SPECIFICALLY, this program covers:
-- Secrets to Successful Stories 11, 13 and 16
-- Turning Point Beats vs. Sequence Beats
-- Act 1 Climax and Act 2 B-story start beats
-- Act 1-2 and Act 2-3 transitions in The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship....
-- The Eight major turning point beats in Casablanca
-- The  Mid-Act 2 Beats in Casablanca
-- Beat contribution to the story's emotional Roller Coaster
-- The difference between Protagonist and Antagonist beats
-- Act 2 Climax and Act 3 transition in The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship...

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Wednesday, June 1, 1994

8. The Moment of Grace (The Midpoint)

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EPISODE NO. 8   VIDEO PARTS: 2   LENGTH: 53-min   SLIDES: 17   CLIPS:7
PREREQUSITES: Episodes 1-7
DESCRIPTION:  This 53-minute, two-part,  workshop  presentation by Dr. Stan Williams, explains and shows examples of the The Moment of Grace (MOG) in successful and not so successful motion pictures. The MOG is the main plot's mid-point. It's the scene where the truth of the Moral Premise is realized by the Protagonist and he or she changes their motivations, and thus changes their arc. Examples are shown from Lord of the Rings, A Beautiful Mind, Liar! Liar!,What Women Want, Ratatouille,  and Aronofsky' Noah.

SPECIFICALLY, this program covers:
-- The 12 and 13th Secrets of Successful Stories
-- How the Moment of Grace defines all plot arcs
-- Why the protagonist's Moment of Grace is at the mid-point
-- How other Moments of Grace can be just about anywhere.
-- Examples of the Moment of Grace in A Beautiful Mind, Liar! Liar!, Ratatouille, What Women Want, Lord of the Rings: Fellowship and Noah.
-- Compares and contrasts the two Moments of Grace in Noah.

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Sunday, May 30, 1993

9. Act 3 Beats

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EPISODE NO. 9   VIDEO PARTS: 1   LENGTH: 28-min   SLIDES: 13   CLIPS: 4
PREREQUSITES: Episodes 1-8
DESCRIPTION: Episode 9: The Moral Premise Storycraft Training series. This 28-min workshop presentation by Dr. Stan Williams, explains and shows examples of the major beats in Act 3: The Dark Night of the Soul, The Resurrection Beat, The Final Incident, The Act 3 Climax and Final Hand-to-hand combat, and the Denouement. It features clips from Lord of the Rings:  Fellowship of the Ring, Die Hard, and Where the Heart Is.

SPECIFICALLY, this program covers:
-- The major protagonist beats in Act 3 listed above
-- The Dark Night of the Soul from Lord of the Rings: Fellowship...
-- The Resurrection Beat from Die Hard
-- When and when not to place a Moment of Grace in Act 3
-- How Act 3 can hold the secret to a character's Wish Fulfillment
-- The Final Incident from Where the Heart is
-- The Hand-to-hand combat and Act 3 Climax in Where the Heart Is
-- The Denouement from Where the Heart Is

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Thursday, May 21, 1992

10. Character Transformation: Goals, Plots, Irony

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EPISODE NO. 10   VIDEO PARTS: 3   LENGTH: 54-min   SLIDES: 54   CLIPS: 0
PREREQUSITES: Episode 1-9
DESCRIPTION: This Episode covers the foolproof, anti-writers-block method for screenwriters, novelists, and playwrights to design their character's plots, subplots and transformation. It describes the theory and demonstrates the method for proper construction of plots using the 11-13 fundamental beats as a basis for longer plots, and using only 3-5 beats for shorter sub-plots. It also shows how the various subplots are integrated, yet keeping the story about one thing.

SPECIFICALLY, this program coves:
-- Review of the traditional beats and the rollercoaster effect
-- How the major beats are laid out on a story diamond.
-- How Characters transform through the Values-Actions cycle
-- How Inner Values motivate Outer Action
-- How the protagonist has no control over the consequences of his/her action
-- Why each subplot must have an associated goal
-- Why characters have multiple subplots
-- How subplots are created from a character's life aspects
-- How the Moral Premise unites plots and subplots
-- How to card a plot or subplot
-- How to determine who the protagonist of a story is and how to keep him or her in that role
-- How Irony dramatizes Goals and Plots
-- How Irony naturally leads to Oscar winning scripts

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