TAG: Story structure

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Sitcom Structure – Classic 2-act vs. Modern 3-act Structure

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THE IMPORTANCE OF STORY STRUCTURE Quite simply, structure is one of the most important elements of your script. It is the glue that holds your story together. Think of structure as how you choose to tell your story. What happens in each scene and what is the order in which it happens? Let me warn…

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FREE eBook Excerpt – 7 Steps to Busting Writer’s Block

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An e-book excerpt from the soon to be published book Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success by Jeff Lyons. 7 Steps to Busting Writer’s Block There are scores of books in the marketplace telling you how to handle writer’s block, but none of them tell you…

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FREE eBook Excerpt – The Moral Premise

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An e-book excerpt from the soon to be published book Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success by Jeff Lyons. The Moral Premise This e-book discusses the single most important thing any writer or storyteller needs to know about when they create a new story: i.e., how…

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FREE eBook Excerpt – Character Development: What They Don’t Teach You

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An e-book excerpt from the soon to be published book Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success by Jeff Lyons. Character Development: What They Don’t Teach You All fictional supporting characters fall into three basic categories, and writers need to understand these categories BEFORE they start writing….

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Getting Useful Feedback on Your Short Film Rough Cut

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  A rough cut is essentially a work in progress. To help us turn the short film rough cut into a picture-locked fine cut we typically look to our peers, collaborators and colleagues to offer constructive criticism.  Filmmakers normally request feedback and critique at the scriptwriting stage. It also makes sense to ask for feedback…

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Story Structure in Documentary: An Expert Approach

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I’ve asked filmmakers to tell me how they think about story and structure as they work. Here are a few highlights: James Marsh (producer/director, Man on Wire):  I had a 60-page outline for [Man on Wire]… It has various timelines and you’re flashing back and overlapping them, which is quite difficult to pull off in a documentary…

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