Video: Understanding Dan Harmon’s storytelling steps

Video: Dan Harmon’s storytelling steps

TV creator Dan Harmon has shared his thoughts on the industry for years, including tutorials on sound story structure. We’ve discussed his eight steps before, but the video above illustrates the process clearly.

Will Schoder put together the video essay “Every Story Is the Same” to take us through each of Harmon’s steps and how they represent journeys through order and chaos, consciousness and unconsciousness. (It’s better if I let the video explain it.)

Once we understand those eight steps, we can see how our favorite stories in books, movies and television follow that pattern. And we can apply it to the stories we create for our brands.

Every story isn’t really the same, but they do share common structures and recognizable transformations along the way.

See our “Storytelling in-depth” series.

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