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Stealing Fire from the Gods

Stealing Fire from the Gods
Your Price: $35.95 CDN
Author: James Bonnet
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 275
Pub. Date: 2006
Edition: 2nd
ISBN-10: 1932907114
ISBN-13: 9781932907117

About the Book:

The Complete Guide to Story for Writers and Filmmakers.....

This expanded, completely revised and long awaited second edition of Stealing Fire from the Gods, incorporates many of the advances evolved in the author James Bonnet's professional workshops over the last seven years.

These advances include new revelations concerning the essence of story (that without which there would be no story), the high concept great idea, the structures of the whole story passage, the anti-hero's journey, the threat (the cause of the problem), the value being pursued, the ultimate source of unity, and the use of the quintessential to make your characters not only memorable and marketable but truly charismatic. It also contains a critical assessment of the three act structure, many new and completely revised illustrations, and the analysis of many important new stories and successful films.

James Bonnet will give you the principles and tools you need to create motion pictures and novels that are packed with emotion — box office hits and best sellers that will resonate for generations.

Stealing Fire from the Gods will teach you: how to emulate the natural creative story-making process and put all of your conscious and unconscious creative powers into your work; the nature and purpose of story, the compass that will orient you toward the real needs and desires of the audience; how to use the creative process, the language of metaphor, and a sophisticated story model to bring powerful hidden truths to the surface all without compromising in any way the things you really want to write about; and how to dramatically transform your own and other peoples lives.

Unlocking the secrets of story unlocks the secrets of the mind and awakens the power of story within you. Work with that power and you can steal fire from the gods. Master that power and you can create stories that will live forever.

What people say:

"James Bonnet's Stealing Fire from the Gods provides foundation tools and principles for good creative story crafting, appearing in a revised, expanded second edition to survey all elements of the successful screenplay. Here are new insights on creating unity, crafting the story's progress, and more in an analysis which include new films and approaches. A vital 'how to' addition to any serious collection." — Mid-West Book Review

"Anyone who is interested in structuring feelings and thought into words and story will find Stealing Fire from the Gods stimulating and worthwhile. A lifetime's labor of love, it provides the reader with insight,and an overview of the creative process through the history of story. I recommend it highly." — Raymond Singer, Screenwriter: Disney's Mulan

"James Bonnet's tools will jump-start and intrigue you. Your connection to your craft will deepen and your horizons will expand." — Elliott Gould, Actor, Academy Award nominee

"Bonnet is a thoughtful and highly intelligent writer whose lifetime of experience has led him to an intriguing theory about how great stories are written. The Golden Paradigm is guaranteed to stimulate lively new debate on the age-old question." — David W. Rintels, Emmy, Writers Guild and Peabody Award Winning Writer-Producer

About the Author:

James Bonnet is a writer, teacher and story consultant who has written or acted in more than forty television shows and features.