The HartChart is a story mapping tool to track the emotions of your characters and their journeys. It helps writers visualize the rise and fall of characters as they make choices and proceed through the story.
J.V. brings his three decades of experience as a major Hollywood screenwriter, and 20 years teaching seminars around the world. J.V. is most known for writing Hook, Epic, Contact and Dracula
Guy brings his 15 years of professional software development, and 5 years of (very) amateur screenwriting. Guy is most known for creating the real-time collaborative screenwriting software WriterDuet.
I have watched Jim work his magic with the Hart Chart for many years now at screenwriting workshops and seminars, and I can tell you his approach works. Jim's charts demonstrate the importance of both story structure and tracking the emotional journey of the protagonist - and time and again, I've seen his analysis completely transform writers' understanding of their scripts.
Dramatic structure theories are good to know, and discussing them can go on as long as you can talk, but when you sit down to write—which you must do if you actually want to be a writer and sell stuff—you need tools. Practical tools. Enter the Hart Chart. It’s simple, clear and most important, it works. For everything! You need this whether you are working on your 1st spec script or your 21st produced screenplay.
Forged in the fires of experience and the creative mind of one of Hollywood's top screenwriters, the Hart Chart is a boon to storytellers, a method that instantly reveals plot dynamics and character relationships, while pinpointing weaknesses in structure. We need maps, we need language and techniques for breaking down our stories, we need graphic representations to visualize the emotional ups and downs of our characters. The Hart Chart delivers all that, plus an encompassing view of how and why a story moves an audience, a series of emotional signposts that complement and amplify the Hero's Journey model.
Jim Hart is not only a great storyteller himself, but a brilliant investigator into the mysterious, alchemical art of bringing stories to life.
The Hart Chart revealed more about the Dallas Buyers Club than I knew and I co-wrote the script.