Author: BJ Markel

Beat Sheets

The Apartment Beat Sheet 

Thanks to Cats! Jennifer Chang and Jose Silerio for their beat sheet of the 1960 Oscar®-winning script (Best Writing, Story and Screenplay – Written Directly for the Screen) from Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond. The Apartment won 5 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best…

Success Stories

John Moore’s Tough Love 

Congratulations to John Moore, author of the “business-inspired screenplay,” Tough Love. In this compelling interview on The Daily Blog of www.800ceoread.com, John talks about Blake Snyder’s influence on his latest. It’s a fascinating read about an innovative use of the STC! principles.

Beat Sheets

Toy Story 3 Beat Sheet 

    The 15 beats to the Disney Pixar hit are provided by Master Cat! Ben Frahm: SPOILER ALERT! 1. Opening Image (1): –We’re reintroduced to all of our favorite characters, Woody, Buzz, and friends, in an action-packed, train-robbery, chase sequence. We’re dropped into this…

Beat Sheets

Up in the Air Beat Sheet 

Today’s beat sheet is provided by our Coolest Cat – screenwriter, teacher and author of “Your Screenplay Sucks!”, William Akers. Big shout out to our longtime friend – and Cat! colleague. Thanks, Will!!! Nominated for 6 Oscars, with a total of 51 award nominations and…