Dan Harmon Story Circle

Dan Harmon on storytelling

Draw a circle and split it into 8 parts

Credit: StudioBinder

You, Need, Go, Search, Find, Take, Return, Change

 

Cyclical, a character often starts in one place and ends in a similar place but they go on a journey.

Example

When we think about the recent Domestic Abuse awareness advert which played during the super bowl, we see this in detail

 

A 911 call is received (You)

The need is to solve the emergency

Go – ask some questions

Search

  • the woman tries to order a pizza
  • Operator: Maam, this is 911, you need to have an emergency
  • Find, the 911 operator realises that she does have an emergency and can’t talk about it
  • Take – Do you have an emergency? Yes, are you unable to talk about it? Yes .. The take is that this is actually a dire emergency

Return – he helps her and is hopefully able to implement the Change

 

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