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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


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


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


Alien Beat Sheet


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


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