Bella - Story Development

Working With a Contemporary Step Outline

Working With a Contemporary Step Outline: The tool of choice for story development: Includes the full step outline for the film story: Bella

From the seed of an idea... to the silver screen.

In this short book, David takes a simple idea. Indentifies the power that is implicit to the inspiration. Develops a premise. Builds it out into a step outline. Then a script. He then took his crew out on the hills and shot the movie. 

This unique work documents the whole process and powerfully demonstrates the critical central value of the step outline. 

And if you are a member of the DreamEngine you can read the script and watch the movie that results. 

In the coming year, he plans to do the entire development lifecycle again for a novel and a full-length feature film. 

Learning the step outline will help you become professional and productive, and keep on the spine of your original inspiration.

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What People Say...

I Highly Recommend This Book. Amazon Review
This book, although very short, complements David's The Story Book and The Primary Colours of Story by showing how he used the information to create a step outline of a story. I appreciate having the digital and paperback versions. I highly recommend it as well as David's other books.
A Breakthrough! Amazon Review
I bought this book with the story outline for Bella. Yesterday I learnt a lot reading the first few pages. I learnt about creating intrigue and information gaps. Really amazed at how quickly - as it was mentioned in the first few pages - that I picked it up. I'm amazed at how quickly it helped me to write - yes I started to write - the first few steps and outline of a story - with the thought of the audience in mind. I'm amazed. So grateful. I was so happy because the book proved to be such an unexpected excellent tool. I'm a complete beginner and it helped me make the first few steps which were daunting, I had felt overwhelmed! Thank you.

A Few More...

Carolyn Goodyear Writer/Producer
David’s love and understanding of story has elevated many of my scripts which have subsequently gone on to be produced and win awards. He’s a fantastic story consultant – encouraging and full of good ideas – I can’t imagine ever writing a script without asking David to read it.
Mark Halliley
Mark Halliley Writer/Producer
We cannot recommend David highly enough. His insights and expertise have been invaluable, helping us get our script to the point where we’ve sold the option and look forward to full production.
Alex Marx
Alex Marx Writer
Story is based on the psychology in the conversation between an author and an audience. David brings the world genuinely new tools and methods that give you an objective and measurable understanding of how good your story is and clarity in how to improve it. Highly recommended.