“ From the day we on the planet,
And blinking step into the sun,
There’s more to see . . .
….Its the circle of life
And it more all
Through despair and hope ,
Through faith and love. . .”
Do you remember this beautiful song ? . . .
Yeah , you are right it is from “ The Lion King I “ , I love the moment where all the animals salute their Prince. The synchronization of their actions and the respect when Prince is raised in sky is awesome ! What else could be perfect way to introduce the Prince Simba than this ! and What a great way to start of the SET UP !
Yes SET UP ! Today we will see how to create the Good Set-Up for story.
Set up is not just the introduction its much more than that. Lets see how?
Set up starts with 5 elements they are
4. Character relationships
5. Motivation and The Goal
The start and Growth of these elements , depends on the story but they are introduced in the SET UP !
See when we write the story , we create the virtual world. We always say that there is no limit to imagination , but we have only 2 hrs. So our work starts from that 2 hrs limit. Every story has its world , though its start from “Once Upon a time . . .” The world exists before that story .. doesn’t it ?
Look in the picture Start is where story starts and End is where story ends .
But world exists before and after the story (unless your goal is to destroy that world !;) still there will be ruined world hi hi 😀 )
So bottom line is your story World is immortal, and though you don’t wanna show audience the World that what was before and after the story , YOU MUST KNOW EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR WORLD !
If your main character come into World at the start of movie , like Spirit, Simba, Tarzan . . . He and The audience will learn about the Story World together, but still other characters and You will know about the Back Story
of the world. ( and you are ahead of them cause you know future of that World which is after the end of Story).
So you are the GOD (Bramhaa) here , you know everything about the world cause you are the creator !
This knowledge of World helps you in so many ways. It helps you immensely in character development and Story development . IF you know your story world then automatically the characters in the story will not have difficulty in performing their roles and ultimately your audience will be pleased .
Its that simple , you create the game and you know all doors , you have your map , you have your buddies , your characters you can guide them and control them easily.
But doors are limited and every Game has rules.
Whenever there are rules , their comes believability , entertainment, fun, twits, challenges, winning , loosing, emotions like every sport in the world.
That finally that involves the audience !
In our world the Natural Law of gravity creates so many sports , Baseball, soccer, cricket . . . …
Just one law and total entertainment , emotions , spirit and all that it creates with it . .
In next article We will see how the Rules in the story World create the Magic…
Till then try finding the STORY OF YOUR STORY’S WORLD. . . may be you will find another story . . ha ha before you kill me better I stop . .
Thanks . . see you in next week . .
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