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Stories have been told a particular way throughout human history, and movies are no different. Both the audience and filmmakers have agreed upon an unspoken structure for how the plot points in a movie are revealed.  In this module, we’re not only going to expose this underlying structure, but teach you how to incorporate it into your production.


  • 33:07 video that walks you through how the stories in movies are structured
  • Comprehensive companion guide
  • Guide on how genre impacts the western, horror and adventure film in America


  • How to properly structure a movie
  • Fiction vs. non-fiction stories
  • Genres and how they impact your script
  • The different formats of a movie
  • Basic plot types
  • How to create conflict
  • How to create a compelling title
  • How to determine the theme
  • The importance of a logline and how to write one
The videos are a big leap forward for contemporary classroom videos, utilizing clean greenscreen, working professionals and 16:9. The film is well-paced and will be a great addition to classroom instruction. It is designed and constructed in ways both interesting and accessible to student filmmakers. I hope to utilize the material in my classroom!”
   - Tom Dunphy, Orange-Ulster BOCES