The Science of Storytelling

Patrick Moreau

The Science of Storytelling

Patrick Moreau
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3h 3m
28 modules (view curriculum)
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Description

The Science of Storytelling is a comprehensive course that gives you everything you need to make remarkable films, profitably and consistently. Created by Patrick Moreau and the Muse Storytelling team, it takes you behind the scenes to explain the process they use to create award-winning films. In short, it’s a deep dive into the process of creating films worth watching — discussing everything from the first pitch to the final frame. And along the way, you’ll see Muse’s methods in action with real-world examples from their original series, The Remarkable Ones. The Science of Storytelling is designed to give you clarity and confidence in your filmmaking, to increase your budgets and creative freedom, and to give you the ability to create films you love—every time.

Modules

04m

In the introductory module we meet Patrick and the Muse team, and get an overview of the Science of Storytelling course and how it will change our storytelling and filmmaking forever.

08m

In this module we construct a clear definition of what story is so that we can best use it in our filmmaking.

09m

Here the Muse team break down the four pillars of story - People, Purpose, Plot and Places, and give you an overview of how each relates to a strong and intentionally told story that will create engagement and connection with your audience.

06m

Here Patrick and Madeline take you through the Muse approach to pre-production, and explain how you will benefit from shifting your workflow to emphasise your work prior to production.

08m

Using the film "The Last Stitch", made by the Muse team for Superbowl XLIX, Kat and Ivy explore the importance of conducting pre-interviews to develop your story plan.

09m

In the Science of Storytelling, the key person is known as the "Heart" of the story and in this module we look at the three key traits that every Heart has.

05m

With the Big Three things in mind, we're now able to find the Heart of our story and in this module we explore the best ways to identify them.

07m

Many stories will need more than one character, but what makes a great supporting character and how do you know when to introduce them? In this module we explore these questions to help you build around your story's Heart.

07m

In this first module covering the "Purpose" pillar of story, Kat and Ivy guide you through the Muse strategy to identify your story's purpose with the help of keyword strategy.

07m

Using the keyword strategy outlined in the previous module and short film "The New Hustle" as an example, we look at exactly how to tease out the best keywords for your story's purpose.

02m

In the final module covering the "Purpose" pillar we look at three tips that should help to define unique keywords for every story.

05m

The Plot pillar is often the most elusive part of the Muse process for filmmakers to master. Here Patrick and Madeline outline the key questions you need to ask to help develop a strong and engaging plot for your films.

08m

In this module Patrick and Madeline explore general and specific plot points, and how each fits into your story and builds audience engagement.

05m

Here Kat and Ivy deconstruct a three-part story structure in order to create a captivating and emotional experience for your audience.

05m

Every great story involves conflict, and in this module we explore the six universal conflicts and discuss strategies to identify the correct one for your story.

02m

This module gives an introduction to the six essential plot points which will form the load bearing moments of your story.

09m

The Conflict, Initiation and Resolution plot points form the "Core Question" of your story. Here Patrick and Madeline talk us through these and how to identify the plot points that best align with each.

05m

The Journey is a key plot point that links your Initiation and Resolution. In this module Kat and Ivy walk us through how to plan out the Heart's Journey using Muse's documentary on Chris Darwin as an example.

04m

As storytellers we only have 15 seconds to really grab the audience attention, and the Hook serves this purpose in your story. In this module we look at how to structure your Hook for best effect and explore some tips on how to discover the most effective Hook.

04m

In this module Patrick and Madeline deconstruct the last of the six essential plot points - The Jab.

02m

This module gives a complete summary of the six essential plot points that comprise the Plot Pillar.

04m

Places help us to visually communicate the plot points and events in our stories. Here Patrick and Madeline give an overview of how the Place pillar contributes to the Muse Science of Storytelling process.

06m

Place is so much more than just a location. Here we join Kat and Ivy as they deconstruct the four layers of Place to help you best use it to tell your story.

04m

In this module we look at three strategies to help you draw out strong Places that will reinforce the plot points of your story.

06m

There are several ways that you can cover plot points in your story and in this lesson we look at the three main methods.

05m

Now that you clearly understand the science behind the Muse Storytelling process, the team dives into how to communicate this difference to your clients, resulting in bigger budgets and better results for everyone.

09m

In this module we discuss how to build a connection with prospective clients and create excitement around your perspective on a potential project, and Patrick and Madeline take you through the exact steps to crafting an effective client pitch.

14m

In the final episode of the course, the entire Muse team recap the Science of Storytelling and clearly step through how you work with your client at each milestone.

About the Educator

Patrick Moreau

Filmmaker, Educator

1 Course

Patrick Moreau is a filmmaker and educator who is, quite literally, obsessed with story. He believes (and science backs it up) that story is unparalleled in its ability to bring people together and create change.

Reviews

5
Probably my favorite MZed course so far. I learned so much about plot that I was missing before.
Gregg Guzman
5
Finally a detailed guide into the immersive experience of storytelling. Excellent!!
Rodrigo Rattazzi
4
An incredible course to establish a clear and definable system towards crafting a compelling story. From commercial to documentary work. The biggest flaw I find is the lack of diversity on their team. Perhaps their team goes beyond what we see on the screen, but I think it is important to note. It is easy to try and make the claim that storytelling is universal and a good storyteller can tell a story through empathy and listening. At the same time, storytelling is told through the lens of the storyteller and no matter how empathetic and how great a listener, the end result will always be skewed by the lens that storyteller brings to the table. Having a lack of diversity in the people who ultimately decide the direction of the story and the lessons that the audience should take away, I believe, fall short in terms of trying to craft a story that leaves the audience with a higher truth, universal ideas, or strong takeaways. Regardless, this is a powerful course with many lessons to be learned.
Jacob Moore
3
The content is good, however I had a very hard time concentrating on it because the music was too loud, the modules are short and four different people each one pop-up to say one sentence.
nermeen kamel
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