Consulting: Story Development
Structure grants a clear sight (dramaturgical consulting on structure)
- "The Heroe's Journey" by Vogeler / Campbell
- the 16 Story Steps by Keith Cunningham
- the Plotpoint Technique by Syd Field
I have refined these dramaturgical principles in a four act structure with 16 sequences - with an emphasis on the midpoint as the symmetrical point mirroring the two halves of the story.
Working with this technique allows me to develop the storyline in a clear-cut and stringent manner. Instead of using the format of a treatment that often promises ideas that fail during scenic realization, I work with a sequenced document. The sequenced document makes the architecture of the complete work - including content and structure - at all times visible for everyone involved in the script development.
In my next step, I playfully fashion the individual storyline. The dramaturgical outlines fade, resulting in an innovative and unique script.
Finding the shared soul space
- the idea of archetypes as described by C.G. Jung
- the five stages of grieving by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
- the imagery of the Major Arkana in the Tarot deck
A character is more than fashion fad, more than need. He/She is part of the author's soul and thus an archetype of human existence. I develop my characters holistically. This involves becoming aware of the writer's own relation to the character: What part of his/her soul does the character reflect? What does he/she want to discover through the character? What does the character want, once come to life?
The writer gives his/her characters voice. He/She learns to wrestle with them, to be inspired by them.
The writer understands and feels, that he/she is the creator of stories - and sets them free. From this point onwards, the stories and the characters respond and it is the author's job to listen and to process.