“The Christian is the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars.” Francis Schaeffer
Good storytelling is rhetoric. A good story, like rhetoric, informs, persuades, or motivates. This is a class on how to tell rhetorically effective stories. How to connect with, convince, convict, move, unsettle and resettle an audience. How to serve those gathered around your story with truth, beauty, and goodness.
In this class we you will learn the ins and outs of writing convincing stories, with an emphasis on screenwriting, and how to tell fundamentally Christian stories in a world that has turned its back on everything that makes stories great. Since the world has been in a story telling contest since the Dragon’s first “Hath God said…” our survival as a people depends on our storytellers being able to compete on an uneven playing field. In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of storytelling, the fundamentals of screenwriting, and the way these all apply to making movies. Come prepared to enjoy and think deeper about movies than you ever though possible.
Schedule of Topics:
- What does it take to make a film – The triangle of creativity, tech, and business
- Theology of creativity
- Sneaking Past the Watchful Dragons – Horatian Principles still work. A good story hides truth in plain site and a bad story sneaks lies past our defenses.
- The evaluative process. Truth, Beauty, and Goodness in motion. (Evaluating film vs. snapshot) – It’s not enough to criticize. Being a critic is easy. You have to be able to fix it.
- Habits of a writer
- The grammar of story – Break it down to be able to build it up.
- Is it a story or just a concept? How to get from concept to story by understanding sanctification.
- Creating protagonists
- Creating antagonists (that think they’re the protagonist)
- Plotting for Character Development (aka Hurting people you love for their own good)
- Don’t forget to feed the bears (The Rhythm and Poetry of Sabbath in Story)
- Imagery, imagery, imagery!!! Image bearers live in images like fish live in water.
- Communicating survival information like your audience’s survival depends upon it.
Jason Farley is a poet, author, and screenwriter in Spokane, WA. As a co-founder at Loor.tv, he is working to free Christian filmmakers from the tyranny of the Hollywood mafia.
Starts January 11, meets Tues & Thurs, 5pm Pacific time