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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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