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Adding Camera Direction to Your Screenplay

Adding Camera Direction to Your Screenplay — Yes or No?

If you’ve ever read a book on screenwriting, you’ve probably heard that adding camera movements to your script is a no-no. The reason for this is simple: novice writers overuse camera movements to the point that they distract the reader and actually impede the reader’s ability to visualize a scene. Instead of … 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

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

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