#44: Story Structure: Dan Harmon Story Circle, Vol. 1


Buckle up as Ryan, Michael, and Timmie indulge their obsession with Dan Harmon, breaking down his Story Circle Structure. Stay tuned for Vol. 2, kids!

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I. Intro

A. NJAM Academy [00:02:59]
B. Did you Know? Movies have writers too
C. Why structure is important
D. Dan Harmon Mention #42,817,471
E. Homework Assignment: Read Harmon’s Story Structure First

II. The Story Structure Writings [00:31:17]

A. Genesis of the Story Circle

1. XOXO Keynote Speech
2. Creation of Channel 101

B. Our thoughts on the writings

III. The Story Circle in Detail [00:36:56]

A. Story Structure 101: Super Basic ShitStory Circle

  1. Trey Parker & Matt Stone’s rule of “Therefores and Buts”

B. Story Structure 102: Pure, Boring Theory
C. Story Structure 103: Let’s Simplify Before Moving On
D. Story Structure 104: The Juicy Details

  1. You | Establish a Protagonist
  2. Need | Something Ain’t Quite Right
  3. Go | Crossing the Threshold
  4. Search | The Road of Trials
  5. Find | Meeting with the Goddess
  6. Take | Meet Your Maker
  7. Return | Bringing it Home
  8. Change | Master of Both Worlds

E. Story Structure 105: How TV is Different
F. Story Structure 106: Five Minute Pilots

IV. Mini Segments [01:51:38]

A. Rate the Show!
B. Podcast Recommendations: TV Guidance Counselor
C. New Things Michael Saw: A Letter to Momo
D. NJAM Sees It: Guardians of the Galaxy

V. Conclusions [01:57:56]

A. Get ready for Vol. 2

Original Music

The music found in this episode was written and performed by the talented Jesse James.

Audio Editing

This show was edited by Ryan Jacobi.


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