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This book explains how the Moral Premise, a statement of truth about the protagonist’s psychological predicament, is a fundamental part of every successful movie’s structure. It is also a book about how you, the filmmaker, can appropriate the Moral Premise to create great motion pictures that resonate with large audiences.
You will learn:
- The history and theory of the Moral Premise
- Its components and structure
- Its use in creating remarkable character arcs, act breaks, turning points and dramatic beats
- A step-by-step method for embedding a true Moral Premise into a three-act screenplay
- Understand and embrace one of the most fundamental structural aspects of storytelling, the basis for the most popular movies of all time. Use what has proven to be successful – in the process — entertain, delight, challenge and uplift this generation and the ones to come.
The author, Stan Williams, is an internationally award-winning filmmaker, writer, and instructor. During the past 30 years, he has produced, written, directed, shot, or edited over 400 projects.
What people say
“A very interesting look at story writing for the screen or novel, and a great overview of how to structure a story.”
Producer: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark
“If you get this book, you will never look at movies the same way again. Not only will you have greater appreciation for good movies and less tolerance for superficial ones, but you will be able to tell the difference between the two in detail.”
Kari Ann Morgan,
“The Moral Premise is insightful, thought-provoking and unique. I wish more people were writing the kinds of things Stan is writing. It’s a much-needed, fresh approach to the art and craft of writing.”
Screenwriter-Director: Levity, Men in Black, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure