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Moral Premise Harnessing Virtue and Vice for Box Office Success

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ISBN-10: 1932907130

ISBN-13: 9781932907131

Edition: 2006

Authors: Stanley D. Williams

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The Moral Premise reveals the foundational concept at the heart of all storytelling and successful box office movies. In concrete terms it explains how you can create your own success and, in the process, entertain, delight, challenge, and uplift this generation and the ones to come.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Publication date: 6/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 196
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
History and Theory
Premises and Values
Uses of "Premise"
Lajos Egri's Premise
Message vs. Theme vs. Moral Premise
Conflict of Values
Identifying Values
Premise Genres and Conflict of Values
Exercises
What Socrates and Seinfeld Have in Common
Webster
The Bible
Aesop
Socrates
English Classics
Criticism
Modern Stories
Exercises
The Moral Premise in Modern Writing Guides
Robert McKee's Controlling Idea
Michael Tierno's The Action-Idea
Michael Hauge's Theme
Syd Field's Interior Life
Field's "Context"
Field vs. Egri
Other Authors
Exercises
Storytelling's Natural Law and Processes
A Natural Law
Natural Processes
Exercises
Structure of the Moral Premise
Form of the Moral Premise
Themes vs. Moral Premises
The Physical and Psychological Nature of Spines and Quests
Moment of Grace: A Movie's Fulcrum of Meaning
Comedy Arcs
Tragedy Arcs
More on the Moment of Grace
The Moral Premise in Multiple Story Lines
Exercises
Identification and the Moral Premsie
Suturing the Audience into the Story
Physical Suturing
Moral Suturing
Identification Patterns
Audience/Filmmaker Value Alignment
What the Movie is Really About
Exercises
Application
Strategic Processes
Begin with the End in Mind
Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind
Tactical Steps
Step 1. Determine the Controlling Virtue
The Story's Virtuous Theme
Step 2. Determine the Controlling Vice
The Virtue's Antagonist
Step 3. Determine the Moral Premise
The Story's Ultimate Message
Step 4. Determine the Movie's Genre
The Arc of Cultural Conflict and Resolution
Step 5. Determine the Protagonist's Physical Goal
The Movie's Physical Spine
Step 6. Determine the Protagonist's Physical Obstacles
The Movie's Physical Conflict
Arc Plots and Major Dramatic Beats
The Major Plot and Turning Points
A Character's Dramatic Arc
Character Arc Plots
Multiple Goals
Step 7. Determine the Major Dramatic Beats
Arc Depths
Keep It About One Thing
Later
Step 8. Sequence the Dramatic Beats
The Plot Timeline
Beginning, Middle, and End
Plotting Rules and Decisions
Virtual Card Tricks
Behavior Ramps
Turning Point Characteristics
Serendipitous Occurrences
Three-Act Element Discussion
Braveheart: A Capstone Example
Braveheart's Moral Premise
Braveheart's Arc Plots
Braveheart's Major Dramatic Beats
Conclusion
Epilogue
Research Abstract
Films Cited
Texts Cited
Index of Moral Premises and Themes
Topic Index
About the Author
List of Tables
Benjamin Franklin's Virtues and Precepts
Franklin Quest's Survey of Governing Values
Laurie Beth Jones' Core Values
Movie Genres
George Polti's 36 Dramatic Situations
The Original Moral Messages: The Ten Commandments
Physical vs. Psychological Story Descriptors
Virtue-Vice Pairs
Good-Guy Arc Plots
Bad-Guy Arc Plots
Alternate Bad-Guy Arc Plot
Bruce Nolan's Arc Plots
The Incredibles Good-Guy Arc Plots
The Incredibles Bad-Guy Arc Plots
Braveheart Protagonist Arc Plots
Braveheart Other-Guy Arc Plots
List of Figures
Comedy Spines
Tragedy Spines
Nonaligned Moral Realities: Invalid Audience Identification
Aligned Moral Realities: Valid Audience Identification
Three-Act Structural Parts
Three-Act Structural Parts
Three-Act Structural Parts
Film Validity Equation