This Character Is Often The Story Goal by CSUN Professor Eric Edson [Screenwriting Masterclass]

Eric Edson, CSUN Professor and Author: One last one…The Endangered Innocent. As I was pointing out earlier, I was talking about the wives of the astronauts. That’s their function, they are Endangered Innocents. They are the story goal, they are the ones that need to be saved and that is a story goal, too. And they are in imminent danger of death or loss and the stakes have to be nothing less as high as stakes can be for whatever story you are telling and it can be one person or a group…(Watch the video class here on Youtube).

In the first two weeks of the Fall semester, California State University, Northridge screenwriting professor Eric Edson presents PowerPoint lessons to the entering first year grad MFA class. He begins with the Hero Goal Sequences story structure paradigm. Here is an inside look at a portion of the lecture.

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About Professor Eric Edson:

Eric Edson has written seventeen feature screenplays on assignment. His produced script credits include PASSION’S WEB for Showtime, and he co-wrote and co-executive produced the NBC Movie of the Week LETHAL VOWS starring John Ritter and Marg Helgenberger. Other films include THE ROSE AND THE JACKAL starring Christopher Reeve, THE SOGGY BOTTOM GANG starring Don Johnson, and DIVING IN starring Kristy Swanson. Eric has also written for episodic television.

Professor Edson’s new book “THE STORY SOLUTION: 23 Actions All Great Heroes Must Take,” published by Michael Wiese Productions, uncovers for the first time the 23 Hero Goal Sequences® used in every successful motion picture to create dynamic, three dimensional heroes and link together all plot development from first page to last (Read more here).


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