Is a research project, a production company and a school.
THE MISSION OF THE RESEARCH PROJECT
Has been to recover the lost secrets of great stories and to reveal those secrets to writers and filmmakers.
MISSION OF THE PRODUCTION COMPANY
Is to use this newly discovered story knowledge to revolutionize the way stories and story films are made.
THE MISSION OF THE SCHOOL
Is to discover and train the great storymakers of the 21st century.
There are six billion people in the world with a desperate need for real stories which isn’t being met. The great myths, legends and fairy tales of the past, which really could change people’s lives, made an important psychological connection, revealed an important hidden truth, and were as critical to our well-being as fresh air. They were also extremely entertaining and they are not being replaced. The majority of new stories being produced today in all media have very little power and are almost completely devoid of meaning. And they aren’t really that entertaining. The magic and wisdom which the old great stories contained is missing. The few exceptions become instant, super hits.
The books and new story seminars being developed by James Bonnet for Astoria Filmwrights are designed to help writers and filmmakers fully understand the secrets hidden in great stories so they can master their craft, establish reliable careers, and enjoy a meaningful success while meeting the public’s real story needs.For free articles on story and storymaking, see our Story Alchemy page.