Writing compelling and meaningful stories with artificial intelligence.
Learn and put into practice a proven story framework that works every time, from a story consultant who's worked with Disney, Dreamworks, and Netflix.
Creative storytellers (screenwriters, novelists, playwrights, etc.) who feel stuck when it comes to finishing their stories.
Anyone who recognizes that a story has the power to transform the hearts and minds of people all over the world.
Artists who believe that leveraging cutting-edge tech maximizes and accelerates one's ability for self-expression.
You'll learn the specific strategies used by the most successful writers to write meaningful and lasting stories.
Discover how to maintain tension from beginning to end, and keep it from dying in the middle of the Second Act.
Find out how to leverage artificial intelligence in a way that works with your intuition, not against it.
Finishing an Act is like completing a level. We'll give you the cheat codes that guarantee follow-through. 😈
As a story consultant I helped develop the Disney animated series Tangled, consulted on Over the Moon and The Mitchells vs. The Machines for Netflix, and worked with several other novelists and screenwriters with their individual projects (Avatar: The Last Airbender's Mike DiMartino, Sebastien de Castell's popular book series, and Dave Collard's Blacklist 2020 spec script (#3), Neither Confirm, Nor Deny).
I'll share with you what I've learned working with these professionals to save time getting your first draft right the first time.
With over 25 years of experience in the animation industry as an animator, storyboard artist, and director, I know how important it is to get the story working as soon as possible.
My credits include writing & storyboarding for the legendary Warner Bros. director Chuck Jones, animating on at least 15 films for Disney and Dreamworks (Tarzan and Enchanted, Shrek 2, and How to Train Your Dragon), and directing for Sony Pictures Television and Dreamworks TV.
First, you'll get to know your story by appreciating it as a unique and definitive personality--almost as if it is its own person (it is). By understanding the "Genre" of your work, you'll start to lay the foundation for a balanced and complete narrative structure.
Robert Towne, the screenwriter of Chinatown once said that "A movie is really only four or five moments between two people." In this next workshop, you'll learn how the greatest stories pit two points-of-view against one another to create lasting and meaningful conflict. Getting this right is the answer to your 2nd Act blues.
Characters are not real people; they're vessels for carrying challenging points-of-view. Tying these perspectives to your artistic intention is KEY towards developing a strong foundation for your story. In this module, we'll start making choices that lead to shaping your story's unique narrative structure.
Some profess a difference between "character-driven" stories and "plot-driven" stories. The reality is that stories are a combination of both--you just need to know where to look. Choose the right inflection points to create a meaningful premise, and your story structure is ready to go.
Time to write. Want help outlining your story in a fun and meaningful way? There's an app for that. By combining GPT-3 artificial intelligence with a unique predictive narrative framework, we'll learn a quick, effortless, and fun way to plan out your entire story from beginning to end.
With your meaningful outline in hand, writing your story scene-by-scene becomes just as much fun as playing your favorite game. That AI/narrative combo? Even more fun when you get into sequences and scenes.
Writing the 2nd Act becomes a breeze once you integrate the patterns & rhythms of narrative with the chaotic serendipity of AI assistance.
This course focuses on async workshops and hands-on exercises. You'll learn by doing.
We're all in this together. You'll be part of a community that can lean on each other and Jim for support during and after the course.
Real-tme feedback is one of the best ways to learn — and you'll get a lot of it in this course. We're here to help each other improve and grow in a positive, constructive way.
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