Deila Bumgardner
Instructional Designer

The Art of Storytelling I: Steps of a Story

Digital Asset Published 11/3/14 Last updated on 5/16/18

These steps are found in Alexander MacKendrick's On Filmmaking: The Craft of the Director. Storytelling is at the heart of the video making process. These steps are a great method and process for deconstructing the stories we love and as an outline for building new ones.

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These steps are a process for learning to build a story arc. The powerpoint included here are a breakdown of those steps and examples of how to apply them with the Hunger Games. Also attached is a worksheet for creating your own story.

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Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 8/31/19 9:50:58 PM Permalink

​Excellent Resource Thanks for sharing

Henni Stalknecht

Posted on 5/4/19 11:21:39 AM Permalink

I do not know if I will use this immediately, it was certainly interesting to read and immediately provides tools to get started with it if it occurs. Thank you for sharing.

Dr. Tarek Bahaa El Deen

Posted on 9/20/18 9:28:02 PM Permalink

Hi Delia

​Really it's very helpful resource,

Thank you for sharing

Monica Leslie

Posted on 10/18/17 6:45:03 PM Permalink

​This was great. Thank you for making this resource available

Tyler Dockery

Posted on 10/5/15 4:58:25 PM Permalink

So... how exactly is this NOT a copyright infringement issue? Are we not purposefully choosing materials from a copyrighted piece and then distributing them to a community of 230,000 individuals?

Deila Bumgardner

Posted on 10/5/15 5:54:21 PM Permalink

This is an excellent question. These documents are

- very small portions of greater works

- the author of the greater works is cited and credited

- being distributed for academic/educational/non-profit purposes

- do not effect the market value of the greater works

With those key characteristics these resources are allowed to be used, under those conditions, due to fair use doctrine.

Frances Goudelis

Posted on 10/4/15 5:12:53 PM Permalink

Thank you so much for these great resources!

Melanie Campbell

Posted on 10/4/15 4:19:56 AM Permalink

Excellent resources. You can also view chapter 2 of On Film-making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director on Google Books and read on a tablet.

Judi Chapman

Posted on 10/1/15 1:40:22 AM Permalink

Great resources. I'm sure I'll start applying right away.

Claiton Martins-Ferreira

Posted on 9/29/15 1:43:21 AM Permalink

I wasn't able to download this file. It's a html file which cannot be opened.

ann carter

Posted on 9/29/15 3:54:09 PM Permalink

I did not have a problem with downloading the files but others have (see comments below). One of the suggestions was to "click on the file name, delete the .html file suffix , hit enter leaving just the .pptx suffix and the file is just fine. It will not open with two suffix's on the end of the file name."

Anthony Gagliano

Posted on 2/4/15 2:58:39 AM Permalink

Excellent, I will use this with my students when they create their stories this marking period. Thanks so much for sharing:-)

Constance Halporn

Posted on 2/3/15 9:04:08 PM Permalink

Brilliant! I can't wait to use this..

Dale Bendsak

Posted on 1/20/15 7:52:04 PM Permalink

The worksheet and powerpoint are downloading as html files that don't open. Did this happen to anyone else? Any ideas how to fix?

David Vollmer

Posted on 2/3/15 6:13:22 PM Permalink

Yes, it happened to me too.

Paul Vitella

Posted on 2/3/15 6:18:07 PM Permalink

Hi Dale,
Using Firefox, I right-clicked the Resource File link and chose Copy Link Location.
I then pasted the link into Internet Explorer and the Ppt. pulled up.

Linus Parr

Posted on 2/3/15 6:46:20 PM Permalink

On my mac, I click on the file name, deleted the .html file suffix , hit entered leaving just the .pptx suffix and the file is just fine. It will not open with two suffix's on the end of the file name.

Justin Kahn

Posted on 2/4/15 9:37:23 PM Permalink

Yep...Had to do that too!

dana andrews

Posted on 3/21/15 8:56:01 PM Permalink

Worked like a charm!

Brandon Frank

Posted on 10/5/15 3:19:58 AM Permalink

Yep, me too! Thanks for the info because I would not have figured it out by myself.

Frederico Favoreto

Posted on 1/5/15 3:41:09 PM Permalink

My goal is the application of these conventions for a wedding movie or making of. There are marvelous exemples on internet.

Thanks for give us the stepping stones.

David Onyango

Posted on 12/15/14 11:32:40 AM Permalink

These are so lovely resources... thank you so much.

Karen Artis

Posted on 12/14/14 4:02:14 PM Permalink

Excellent resources I can use right away

Azeneth Alvarez

Posted on 12/11/14 12:55:27 AM Permalink

Great Resource, thanks

Ana Bettencourt

Posted on 12/9/14 8:10:29 PM Permalink

Its a great resource for conventional story-telling. I'm wondering how it applies to the very short video or to the music video.

Jane Miller

Posted on 11/24/14 3:02:06 AM Permalink

Thanks using it in Adobe GenPro

Enna Post

Posted on 11/24/14 12:53:57 AM Permalink

Great resource for my classroom. Students have a hard time with the creative part. These steps will help a lot.


Alisha Crawford

Posted on 11/20/14 9:53:14 PM Permalink

Thanks the reading is interesting.

Konstantin Köhler

Posted on 11/19/14 7:57:59 PM Permalink

Very nice. Thanks.

Kev Lavery

Posted on 11/19/14 9:32:25 AM Permalink

Janet Wentum

Posted on 11/18/14 2:30:14 AM Permalink

Thank you.

Allan Garrido

Posted on 11/17/14 8:45:42 PM Permalink

Great resource, Thanks