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Story Mountains: Finding the Arc of Your Film

by Julia B. | Arts FREE

2 Lessons 34:50
  1. 1. Introduction to the 5 Act Structure and Basic Story Mountain 12:26
  2. 2. Shrek Story Mountain and Outro 22:24

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About the course

Every story has a beginning, middle, and end. But sometimes, it's hard to find the rhythm of your own story. In this lesson, you will learn the basics of the traditional 5 Act Structure and be able to apply it to your own idea. This course is primarily dedicated to filmmaking, however, the 5 Act Structure also applies to prose. I will be teaching this structure by drawing Story Mountains which are useful tools in plotting the arc of any story. I use two examples. First, a basic outline of each act and what it includes. Then, we will plot out the story structure of a popular children's movie. After this lesson, you will be able to make a Story Mountain of your own!


  • Creativity
  • Film
  • Imagination
  • Storytelling
  • Writing


Hi! I'm Julia and I just graduated in May 2020 from SUNY Purchase where I studied filmmaking. I have been a teacher for about 4 years. I have taught both preschool and high school students. While teaching at Gooroo, my areas of teaching fluctuate between middle to high school level film courses and preschool to elementary crafts and educational activities. I enjoy helping students unlock their full potential in order to pursue their passions! My philosophy is to do what you love, take risks, and don’t be afraid of making mistakes (that’s normally when the best lessons are learned!).

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