Category: About the Beats

About the Beats, Today's Blog

Try This! 

Fresh from our busy Save the Cat! Laboratories, Development Director Jose Silerio has conceived this new twist on how to write a logline. By plugging in the components of your movie’s BS2 into the “Format” below you can create a “mini-story” that will help not only…

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Fast Pitch 

Can you pitch your movie in two minutes? Not just the concept but the story. Occasionally you find yourself in this circumstance.  This month, in fact, a group of Seattle screenwriters will get two minutes each to pitch to a group of producers, agents, and…

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Does WALL-E Arc? 

I got an email from two writers last week asking me to settle an argument.  They had both seen the hit summer Pixar movie WALL-E and wondered if the hero, the lead, the namesake of the movie, does something  we screenwriters try our darndest to make…

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Batman by the Beats 

The Dark Knight is the most successful movie the year, besting Spider-Man 3 for the biggest non-holiday opening ever. Heath Ledger is so very weird as the Joker, and its highlight. But the star is a well-structured story. This latest Batman follows the beats down to…

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The Checklist 

Is there a checklist we can reference to see what makes a successful story? That is the assumption I am operating under, and in the development process I follow with the writers I work with, in and out of the studio system, it proves time…