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Story Mapping the Films of Christopher Nolan

At a Glance

  • Master the structure and dramatic principles used by commercial movies—with a focus on the films of Christopher Nolan.
  • Learn the crucial story beats and defining characteristics of modern hit movies and winning spec screenplays.
  • Breaking down great movies and analyzing them is the foundation of writing a GREAT screenplay.

ABOUT THE WEBINAR

Learn the storytelling secrets of blockbuster Writer/Director Christopher Nolan by unlocking the intricate structures of his biggest films: MEMENTO, BATMAN BEGINS, THE DARK KNIGHT, INCEPTION, and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.

Story Analyst Daniel Calvisi will introduce you to the story structure and principles used in most commercial movies, including the films of Christopher Nolan. The "Story Map" breaks down a movie into its clear, concise dramatic elements and plot points. These are the building blocks of your story and the “signpost” beats of your plot, and they must be in the proper order and desired page range—no matter the genre—if you want to blow away the reader. It was first developed by Daniel Calvisi while working as a Senior Story Analyst for major studios like Miramax Films and Twentieth Century Fox, and later honed as he coached hundreds of writers and worked as a script doctor. This structure is what readers look for on the page and how movies are edited for the screen.

Christopher Nolan and his writing partners, David S. Goyer and Jonathan Nolan, may write BIG movies for a global audience, but their scripts are always intelligent, relevant, and incredibly well-crafted. They push the envelope with fractured narratives, time jumps, complex set pieces, parallel plot lines, and five-act structures. Your script may not be structured as intricately as a Christopher Nolan film, but there is a lot to learn by delving into the mind of a master storyteller.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

• How to write a Story Map for your screenplay or any other.
• How to develop a new concept from scratch, or diagnose problems in your existing script.
• How to break down major movies so you can use them as templates for your own screenplays.
• The structure of Christopher Nolan’s biggest movies, with an emphasis on his Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception.
• What readers look for in a spec screenplay.
• How to use theme and conflict to bind your protagonist’s pursuit of their dramatic goals.
• The detailed characteristics of each crucial story beat—where to place them and how to use them in your narrative.
• Essential story beats that appear in almost every major studio movie but have not been defined by any other source in such clear and practical terms, such as the First Casualty, Assumption of Power, and True Point of No Return.

WHO SHOULD LISTEN?

• Writers who want to utilize the structure used by Hollywood pros.
• Writers looking for a more practical, industry-based approach to screenplay structure and outlining that applies to all genres.
• Writers who are developing a new concept and want to begin with the strongest foundation possible.
• Writers with a completed feature screenplay who want to locate issues that are holding the script back from reaching the “submission-ready” level.
• Fans of Christopher Nolan films like Memento, The Dark Knight Rises, and Inception who would like to learn more about how he crafts his stories.

The Writers Store does not offer any refunds for the webinar. All sales are final.

Product Details

  • Date available: 08/26/2012
  • Publication date: 08/26/2012
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

Ship the item(s) to The Writers Store via a traceable and insured method. You will be responsible for return shipping fees.

Please include a completed Return Form with your shipment. Refunds take up to one week to process once we have received the item(s).

Software returns must be deactivated and uninstalled from your computer before a refund may be issued. Please contact the software manufacturer if you need assistance uninstalling or deactivating your software.

The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

Meet the Author: Daniel P. Calvisi


Daniel P. Calvisi is a writing coach, screenwriter and former Story Analyst for major studios like Twentieth Century Fox and Miramax Films. He is the author of Amazon best-seller Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay, Story Maps: 12 Great Screenplays, co-author of Story Maps: The Films of Christopher Nolan and co-creator of the Story Maps Screenwriting Podcast.

Daniel has taught screenwriting at the college level, including at the New School University in New York City. He is a graduate of the Film and Television program in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has been published in Script magazine and is also a contributor to Now ...

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