Like any skill it takes time and practice to acquire the techniques, but within a few hours of leaning these methods you will start seeing all stories in a new light. Every person comes to story with their own methods; it can take between 5 to 10 hours to understand this particular approach to story analysis. From then on it is about practicing the techniques in as many ways as you can to refine your ability to understand and recognise the weakness in a story.
Within the course we will provide you with many before and after examples of various cuts from edits along with links to current programmes (sharing programmes we can access from the various streaming sites). We will be learning to look at a programme and recognise weaknesses and strengths more and more quickly, developing a story structure instinct. After a while every documentary or feature you watch will be teaching you something - about story structure and it's relationship to audience impact, meaning, theme and so on.
As with learning music, or a language, it's an ongoing process. You’ll always be listening, always having an opinion, always creating. The same is true of understanding an enjoying stories. Ultimately you'll be able to use these methods to help you tell the story you want to tell accurately, and in a way that’s under your control.