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The Moral Premise: Harnessing Virtue and Vice for Box Office Success

The Moral Premise: Harnessing Virtue and Vice for Box Office Success
Your Price: $32.95 CDN
Author: Stanley D. Williams
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 219
Pub. Date: 2006
ISBN-10: 1932907130
ISBN-13: 9781932907131

About the Book:

Author Stan Williams 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 or director, 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; and use what has proven to be successful — in the process — entertain, delight, challenge and uplift this generation and the ones to come.

What people say:

"The Moral Premise explores how protagonist character and dilemmas become a foundation of a successful movie's entire structure — and how filmmakers and writers can use this idea to generate great films. From a history of The Moral Premise and its use and techniques to specific instructions on how to include this in a screenplay, The Moral Premise offers insight and inspiration which any screenwriter should have." — Mid-West Book Review

"A very interesting look at story writing for the screen or novel, and a great overview of how to structure a story." — Howard Kazanjian, 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." — Microfilmmaker Magazine

"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." — Ed Solomon, Screenwriter-Director: Levity, Men in Black, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

About the Author:

Stanley D. 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.