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Analyzing a Premise Test

Analyzing a Premise Test

Screenwriting is about two things, imagining and communicating. The trouble is, people have a tendency to gloss over that latter part, and act like the reader is psychic. By and large, we're not. We can't envision anything unless it's clearly stated. A redditor,  /u/zombdi, asked me to analyze a premise … 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 … Read More