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Breaking Down Story Maps

Breaking Down Story Maps

Story Maps are one of the greatest resources on ScreenplayHowTo. They provide a great way for a novice writer to get a handle on the many moving parts and information that's included with a screenplay. Story Maps are wonderful tools. I strongly encourage people to spend as much time as possible making their … Read More

Analysis

LA Confidential Beat Sheet

L.A. Confidential

Director Curtis Hanson and his co-writer, Brian Helgeland, have taken a massively complex novel by James Ellroy and boiled it down to a no-flab … Read More

Vertigo Analysis

Vertigo

At the very beginning of the movie, we see Scottie vaulting across rooftops, struggling to keep up with the policeman ahead of him as he realizes … Read More

Beats

Alien Beat Sheet

Alien

Screenplay by Dan O'Bannon Story by Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett Directed by Ridley Scott Running time: 114 minutes Year: 1979 BASIC STORY MAP PROTAGONIST: Ripley, female warrant officer onboard … Read More

The Karate Kid Beat Sheet 1984

The Karate Kid

Written by Robert Mark Kamen Directed by John G. Avildsen Running time: 123 minutes Year: 1984 BASIC STORY MAP PROTAGONIST: Daniel LaRusso, high school senior CHARACTERIZATION|MAIN MISBEHAVIOR: Weakling … Read More

Gravity Beat Sheet

Gravity

Written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón Directed by Alfonso Cuarón Running time: 84 minutes Year: 2013 Click Here To Download the Script (PDF) BASIC STORY MAP PROTAGONIST: Dr. Ryan Stone, medical … Read More

Dallas Buyers Club Beat Sheet

Dallas Buyers Club

Written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée Running time: 113 minutes Year: 2013 Download the Script (PDF) BASIC STORY MAP PROTAGONIST: Ron Woodroof, 40s, electrician … Read More