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CUT TO Screenwriting

When to Use CUT TO: (and When Not To)

The majority of screenwriting books tell you that you should avoid using CUT TO: between scenes because it reeks of amateurish writing and quite frankly, it’s obvious that to go from one scene in a movie to the next, there will be a cut. New writers read that and typically remove every instance of CUT TO: … 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 Screenplay 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

Fletch Beat Sheet

Fletch

Screenplay by Andrew Bergman Based on the novel by Gregory McDonald Directed by Michael Ritchie Running time: 105 minutes Year: 1985 BASIC STORY MAP PROTAGONIST: Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher, 40s, … Read More

American Gangster Beat Sheet

American Gangster

Screenplay by Steven Zaillian Directed by Ridley Scott Running time: 150 minutes Year: 2007 BASIC TWO PROTAGONIST STORY MAP PROTAGONIST: Frank Lucas CHARACTERIZATION/MAIN MISBEHAVIOR: Business-minded | … Read More

Being John Malkovich Beat Sheet

Being John Malkovich

Written by Charlie Kaufman Directed by Spike Jonze Running time: 107 minutes Year: 1999 BASIC STORY MAP PROTAGONIST: Craig Schwartz, 30-something struggling puppeteer CHARACTERIZATION/MAIN MISBEHAVIOR: … Read More

Man of Steel Beat Sheet

Man of Steel

Screenplay by David S. Goyer Story by David S. Goyer & Christopher Nolan Directed by Zack Snyder Running time: 133 minutes Year: 2013 LISTEN TO OUR MAN OF STEEL PODCAST BEAT SHEET ACT … Read More