When Niel E. posted a question about Muse from Stillmotion in our Shane’s Inner Circle Facebook group, we added his question to the pool answered during my September podcast for the Inner Circle. I felt everyone would benefit from an extended answer about Muse, the storytelling process that helps filmmakers move your audience and close the gap between your vision and results. We’ve made that portion of the podcast available to all of you below, as I answer Neil’s question on how to create camera emotions to match your Muse keywords using camera angles and more. This is a very evolved question, which I love, and in my answer, I try to take you down the road of how I think about each one of these things. I break it down and look for what I can do from a camera perspective that’s going to make you feel that emotion. How can the lens and the camera assist? Is it moving? Is it not moving? Is it a wide angle, a longer lens, a shallower depth of field? Is it a lower angle, or a higher angle to look down on them to make them feel smaller, looking for compassion? These are the kinds of things that come to mind when discussing emotions and how best to convey those in a visual medium.
Play it here:
You may recall Stillmotion’s Muse storytelling process that our camp got an exclusive early look at this past June. Our very own Freddie Danger sat down to review it and said: “One hour turned into many, one session to two, and two to three. Don’t be fooled. This isn’t some magic pill you swallow or some color by numbers kit. Muse is a journey of discovery.”
Well, that launch of Muse was a runaway success. A thousand people joined in the one week it was open. Stillmotion then gathered their feedback, made some solid improvements, and is set to launch their last class of the year.
Among their updates is something we think is really rad. It’s what the Stillmotion team is calling a Guided Challenge and it’s your opportunity to go out in the field, practice the core storytelling concepts, and submit it to their team for personalized feedback. Nothing replaces that strong in-the-field experience and mentorship.
If you’re looking for more feedback on Muse before you decide if it’s right for you, Stillmotion just shared a blog post that offers some free Muse training. It’s a great way to get a taste of their program and see if it’s right for you.
You can head over here to see their post: “Warning! How to leverage conflict to create an engaging video.”
They are offering a free tutorial and downloadable worksheet. Plus, the content on conflict is well researched and very helpful for all of us.
One last thing we’ll leave you with. It’s pretty impressive that the Stillmotion team is really diving deep to develop this storytelling process and bring in leading thinkers to consult.
Annette Simmons, author of the best-selling book The Story Factor and a handful of other books on story said, “It’s brilliant! Each step of the Muse process guides you to finding a great story without curbing the creativity and authenticity each unique human being brings to the process.”
They’ve included research from the leading neuroscientist on story, Paul Zac, to help explain how strong storytelling actually works within the brain.
Muse, in its current form, is best suited for nonfiction storytellers. But rumor has it they’re working with a top six screenwriting consultant to develop a narrative version of Muse for 2016.
They’re opening just 500 seats to create a strong experience and community. Registration closes this Friday, October 2nd at midnight PST and we’re proud to bring all of you here a special value.
Head on over to Learnstory.org and use code ‘hurlbutmuse’ for $47.00 US off your registration. But remember, registration closes this Friday.
This is their second and last round of the Pilot program so you’re still getting a longer membership and a better value than when it opens up in January.