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Author: Alvaro Rodriguez

Beat Sheets

The Grey Beat Sheet 

Our thanks to Master Cat! Alvaro Rodriguez for this beat sheet. The survival story is one of the oldest: man against nature. In Joe Carnahan’s The Grey (screenplay by Carnahan and Ian Mackenzie Jeffers, based on a story by Jeffers), Liam Neeson is Ottway, a…

Beat Sheets, Institutionalized

The Help Beat Sheet 

Thanks to Master Cat! Alvaro Rodriguez for breaking down the hit film: Written by: Tate Taylor (screenplay), Kathryn Stockett (novel) Directed by: Tate Taylor Genre: Institutionalized — The Help is a classic institutionalized story that, like Paul Haggis’ Oscar-winning Crash (2005) which Blake beats out in Save…

Genre, Tips and Tactics

Scare the Cat! 

Today’s blog on Genre is contributed by Austin Cat! and screenwriter Alvaro Rodriguez. One of the most helpful weapons in the Save the Cat! arsenal is the ability to classify your screenplay-to-be under a specialized genre category. I say “specialized,” because the Save the Cat!…