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Transcript of Telling Stories
Field's most important contribution has been his articulation of the ideal Paradigm "three act structure". In this structure, a film must be set up within the first twenty to thirty minutes before the main character protagonist experiences a 'plot point' that gives him or her a goal that must be achieved. Approximately half the movie's running time must then be taken up with the character's struggle to achieve his or her goal: this is the 'Confrontation' period. Field also refers, sometimes, to the 'Midpoint', a more subtle turning point that happens at (approximately page 60 of a written screenplay) in Act II, the Confrontation which often has an apparently devastating reversal of the main character's fortune. The final quarter of the film depicts a climactic struggle by the protagonist to finally achieve (or not achieve) his or her goal and the aftermath of this struggle.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syd_Field) Jerry Weissman is the world’s number one corporate presentations coach. His private client list reads like a who’s who of the world’s best companies, including the top brass at Yahoo!, Intel, Intuit, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Dolby Labs, Netflix and many others.
He is the author of the bestselling Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story, In the Line of Fire: How to Handle Tough Questions and The Power Presenter.
Mr. Weissman founded Power Presentations, Ltd. in 1988. One of his earliest efforts was the Cisco Systems IPO roadshow. Following its successful launch, Don Valentine, of Sequoia Capital, and then chairman of Cisco’s Board of Directors, attributed “at least two to three dollars” of the offering price to Mr. Weissman’s coaching. That endorsement led to more than 500 other IPO roadshow presentations that have raised hundreds of billions of dollars in the stock market. Mr. Weissman’s focus widened from coaching IPOs to include public and privately held companies. His techniques have helped another 500 firms develop and deliver their mission-critical business presentations.
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jerry-weissman Read Info Read Info Read Info Read Info The Beyond Bullet Points techniques made headlines when attorney Mark Lanier hired Cliff to help him use them to win a $253 million dollar lawsuit (Vioxx trial). This unprecedented legal victory triggered articles in the New York Times, Fortune, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. According to Freytag, a drama is divided into five parts, or acts, which some refer to as a dramatic arc: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and dénouement.
Although Freytag's analysis of dramatic structure is based on five-act plays, it can be applied (sometimes in a modified manner) to short stories and novels as well.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dramatic_structure Read Info Joseph Campbell's term monomyth, also referred to as the hero's journey, is a basic pattern that its proponents argue is found in many narratives from around the world. This widely distributed pattern was described by Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949). Read Info Stories are loke urban legends.... Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas-businessmen, educators, politicians, journalists, and others—struggle to make their ideas "stick."
http://www.heathbrothers.com/madetostick/ Read Info Deliberately used by George Lucas in makling of the Star Wars movies! http://www.duarte.com/books/resonate/assets/