Are you a storyteller? Most likely, yes. Because we all are. We tell stories about our daily lives, our experiences, our relationships, well, about just everything. But what makes a good story and how to employ the knowledge of it for upping your game as a filmmaker? Well, let me tell you a story:
Most filmmakers spend their available budget (including time) not so much on pre-production but on shooting as much as possible and hope that it all falls in place while in post production. Oh, wait. That’s not an actual story, that are just statistics and facts.
Let me try again:
I’m actually a so-called Muse Pilot. That means I signed up to the very first Muse course three years back. I did so because I was kind of desperate of learning something new and I sincerely was a bit depressed about my daily job as a freelance camera operator back then. To be honest, it took me quite a while until I really dug into the course but it made quite the impact on me. I did land better jobs, I was (and am) more confident about what I’m doing (and shooting) and lots of the confusion about what to do in the first place is gone. I’m building a new website as we speak on which I’ll showcase some mini docs I’m working on a as a side project and maybe, just maybe, that personal project will transform into something bigger, who knows?
Now, that’s a story. It’s my personal true story and I’m really glad that this course is coming to MZed now, so more people can benefit from it.
Muse Storytelling on MZed
The founder of Muse and this course’s main host, Patrick Moreau, developed the Muse Storytelling course over the years to what it is now. This new “Science of Storytelling” course is actually a refined and updated version of the original course and this new one is even more readily accessible, I think. The core concepts circle around the psychological background of the way humans work and what a story actually is. Watch the trailer below to get an idea of the course’s meat and potatoes:
Patrick and his team break down the concept of storytelling into easy to grasp pieces. Everything is split into digestible sections which eventually shape a better story once combined in a meaningful way. What does a good story consists of? What makes a great main character? Why paying attention to the location you’re going to shoot in? How to sell clients what they really want instead of something they’ve asked for?
The whole course is about 3 hours, divided into 28 segments. each clip deals intensively with a given topic so it’s easy to digest them one by one rather than as a whole junk of input which might be harder to fully grasp. In the end you will learn how to spend more time in pre-production to avoid the above example of messing around in post until –hopefully– something cool comes out. You’ll be better prepared so you can focus on the relevant people, things and the story as a whole. And you will learn to be confident about the post production because you know exactly what you’re doing in the first place.
If you happen to be a MZed Pro subscriber here’s some good news: The Muse Storytelling course is free to watch as we speak. For $299 / year it’s included with your subscription along with some other in-depth courses such as Philip Bloom’s Cinematic Masterclass or Directing Color by our very own Ollie Kenchington.
You can also purchase the Muse Storytelling course as a standalone package for $499. You can stream it online or download it and it’s yours to keep.
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