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Don't Write in Variables Commit To Specifics

Don’t Write in Variables. Commit To Specifics.

When I'm coaching a client, I usually run into some version of this conversation: CLIENT: I'm stuck on my script. I don't know where to go next. ME: Okay, start from the beginning. How does it start? CLIENT: Alright, we meet Arthur, and he's a shady, charismatic salesman. When we meet him he's … 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


True Romance Beat Sheet

True Romance

Written by Quentin Tarantino Directed by Tony Scott Running Time: 117 minutes Year: 1993 Poster by Matt Ryan BASIC STORY MAP PROTAGONIST: Clarence Worley, 20-something comic shop … 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