COMPONENTS OF EACH STEP

 

Parable consists of eight comprehensive but easily digestible steps that will guide you from square one… to a fully developed dimensional screenplay.

Each step contains the following components…

 

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* A multi-media video that explains the core concept behind each step of the story development process. These interactive videos are professionally produced, shot in 4K, and intercut with film clips and motion graphics to help illustrate the narrative concept that’s being discussed. Each discussion is designed to assist you in achieving a specific goal as you move forward in the development of your story from beginning to end.

* A recap that helps strengthen the core principles of what you just watched.

* A case study that is a real-world look at the steps at play during Mr. Long’s own personal screenwriting experiences in the film industry. These case studies will help to further solidify your understanding of the step and its practical relationship to the overall story.

* A workshop designed to assist you in applying the concepts of each step as relates to the development of your story. These exercises will help you to take intuitive random ideas and articulate them into specific meaningful choices. Ones that will emotionally and psychologically resonate with your audience.

* A downloadable workshop guide to use in conjunction with the written workshops. (Requires Microsoft Word)

* A project summary detailing what you should have completed, and firmly have in place, before moving on to the next step in the story development process.

* Hands-on, real time chat with Mr. Long. So if you ever have any questions about the process, answers are only a click away. This way, you’re not alone in the story development process. You’ll always have someone at your disposal to assist you.

* A free screenplay consultation of your finished first draft. Once you’ve completed the course, and have a finished first draft in place, Mr. long will read your script and personally consult with you on it via Skype. (See terms and conditions)

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SYLLABUS

 

OVERVIEW

  • Video tutorial (full HD 1080p)
  • The five emotional building blocks of story.
  • The narrative effects of the building blocks on an audience.
  • Allowing the story to affect you.
  • Articulating the intuitive.

Recap of Overview:

  • Key bullet points from the video.

How to make the most of Parable:

  • What to expect.
  • What the process focuses on.
  • Preparation.

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STEP 1 – INITIAL STIMULUS

  • Video tutorial (full HD 1080p)
  • Understanding Initial Stimulus.
  • The different forms of Initial Stimulus.
  • The major pitfall of Initial Stimulus.
  • The importance of an inspired connection.

Recap of Step 1:

  • Key bullet points from the video.

Case Study:

  • A screenwriting student who sold a spec script for six figures.
  • An inspired connection is linked to developing your true talent.

Workshop:

  • Defining Initial Stimulus.

Project Summary:

  • What you should have in place before moving on to the next step.

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STEP 2 – CHARACTER

  • Video tutorial (full HD 1080p)
  • The three key D’s that make up a compelling character.
  • Crafting a character with emotional resonance.
  • Drawing the audience in.
  • Making the audience relate.
  • Keeping the audience invested.

Recap of Step 2:

  • Key bullet points from the video.

Case Study:

  • Collaborating with an Academy Award ® nominated producer.
  • The three key D’s are only KEY if all three are working.

Workshop:

  • Externalizing character.

Project Summary:

  • What you should have in place before moving on to the next step.

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STEP 3 – PERSONALITY

  • Video tutorial (full HD 1080p)
  • The significance of an external essence.
  • Why an external essence gives your character authenticity.
  • Creating a gateway that allows the audience inside your character.
  • Understanding the core elements that form personality.

Recap of Step 3:

  • Key bullet points from the video.

Case Study:

  • A story consultation with an Academy Award ® winner.
  • Why personality matters.

Workshop:

  • Traits and types.

Project Summary:

  • What you should have in place before moving on to the next step.

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STEP 4 – HEART

  • Video tutorial (full HD 1080p)
  • The emotional core of your story.
  • How an emotional takeaway moves an audience.
  • The psychology behind why an audience connects.
  • Heart and growth.

Recap of Step 4:

  • Key bullet points from the video.

Case study:

  • A script meeting with a studio development executive.
  • Having too much Heart in your story.

Further Case study:

  • A deeper look at an emotional takeaway.
  • Analyzing Heart in films.

Workshop:

  • Finding and developing Heart.

Project Summary:

  • What you should have in place before moving on to the next step.

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  • Video tutorial (full HD 1080p)
  • The six functional elements of journey.
  • The narrative effects of the six functional elements on an audience.
  • Creating a sense of urgency that the audience binds to.
  • How to sustain your story in the eyes of the audience.

Recap of Step 5:

  • Key bullet points from the video.

Case study:

  • A script development meeting with an Academy Award ® winning producer.
  • Formula vs. formulaic.

Workshop:

  • The heavy lifting.

Project Summary:

  • What you should have in place before moving on to the next step.

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STEP 6 – FORM

  • Video tutorial (full HD 1080p)
  • The five essential Form markers.
  • The narrative purpose of each Form marker as relates to an audience.
  • Why Form and Journey are intrinsically connected.
  • How Form capitalizes on audience interest.

Recap of Step 6:

  • Key bullet points from the video.

Workshop:

  • Defining your five Form markers.

Project Summary:

  • What you should have in place before moving to the next step.

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STEP 7 – OUTLINE

  • Video tutorial (full HD 1080p)
  • A “reason” outline.
  • The pitfalls of an outline.
  • Why a reason outline should allow you flexibility and discovery.
  • The four components of a reason outline

Recap of Step 7:

  • Key bullet points from the video.

Workshop:

  • Building your story piece by piece.

Sample Reason Outline:

  • A sample of what a reason outline looks like.

Project Summary:

  • What you should have in place before moving to the next step.

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STEP 8 – WRITE

  • Video tutorial (full HD 1080p)
  • Insights into the writing process before you write.
  • Why consistency is vital to creativity.
  • How to put yourself in a creative place where great ideas can find you.
  • Why forward motion is everything.
  • The importance of executing the story on the page.

Recap of Step 8:

  • Key bullet points from the video.

Screenplays:

  • Sample scripts.

Format/Writing:

  • Format and writing style.