The Moral Premise: Harnessing Virtue & Vice for Box Office Success

This book explains how the Moral Premise, a statement of truth about the protagonist’s psychological predicament, is a fundamental part of every successful movie’s structure. It is also a book about how you, the filmmaker, can appropriate the Moral Premise to create great motion pictures that resonate with large audiences.

You will learn:

  • The history and theory of the Moral Premise
  • Its components and structure
  • Its use in creating remarkable character arcs, act breaks, turning points and dramatic beats
  • A step-by-step method for embedding a true Moral Premise into a three-act screenplay
  • To understand and embrace one of the most fundamental structural aspects of storytelling, the basis for the most popular movies of all time. Use what has proven to be successful—in the process—entertain, delight, challenge and uplift this generation and the ones to come.

Stan Williams is an internationally award-winning filmmaker, writer, and instructor. During the past 30 years, he has produced, written, directed, shot, or edited over 400 projects.


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Meet The Author

Stan Williams was raised in Evangelicalism. He married a wonderful Christian woman, has three children, ten grandchildren and made his career training astronauts, car mechanics, and corporate executives.

He has produced hundreds of films, television, video, live shows, and has helped novelists, and Hollywood filmmakers structure their stories to connect with audiences. He holds degrees in Physics (BA), Mass Communications (MA), and Narrative Theory (PHD).

“Writing this was great therapy, a lot of fun, and gave me the chance to reconnect with many interesting people form my rich past. I’m so appreciative to all of them.”