The Tuesday Online, LSFReplay: The Importance of Character in Storytelling with Phil and Ted


On Tuesday we continue our series of LondonSWF replays, the very best of our past events replayed live. This time it’s Phil and Ted on The Importance of Character in Storytelling. That will take place next Tuesday at 8pm UK time….

When: Tuesday Feb 27th at 8pm UK time
Where: https://londonswf.link/tuesday
Anyone can attend free.

The Importance of Character in Storytelling

We will look at the significance of character in storytelling and how it relates to different story arcs. Phil and Ted provide valuable insights into the different types of invitations that bring the chosen ones into a dark forest and the corresponding story arcs. Let’s dive into the details and explore the different aspects of character and structure in storytelling.

Character Equals Structure

Phil and Ted emphasize the importance of character over conceit in storytelling. They posit that character equals structure, which challenges the chosen ones in better ways. The idea is to match different stories with different sorts of invitations that compel the chosen ones to embark on a journey. This approach aims to produce the most dramatically satisfying journey for the audience.

The Five Types of Story Arcs

There are five different models of storytelling, each with its own unique invitation and corresponding story arc. Let’s take a closer look at each of these story arcs:

  • Unable to Believe
  • Unknowing
  • Accidental
  • Willing
  • Mistaken

Examples of Story Arcs

Examples of each story arc are, “The King’s Speech,” “I, Tonya,” “Shrek,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Soul.” These examples illustrate how the chosen ones undergo transformation and realization throughout their journeys.

The Significance of Story Arcs

Each story arc presents a compelling narrative that challenges the chosen ones in unique ways. Whether it’s overcoming self-doubt, facing unforeseen consequences, or making difficult choices, the story arcs offer a diverse range of storytelling possibilities.

Subversions of Story Arcs

They introduce the concept of mistaken chosen ones, who respond to invitations in incorrect ways, leading to subversions of the other paradigms. Examples such as “Joker” and the Aesop’s fable of the goose that lays golden eggs demonstrate the complexities of mistaken story arcs and the anti-hero narratives they represent.

You can watch the whole session live here…

When: Tuesday Feb 27th at 8pm UK time
Where: https://londonswf.link/tuesday
Anyone can attend free.

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