William Robert Rich

William Robert Rich

William Robert Rich is a story analyst, screenwriter, and co-author of Story Maps: The Films of Christopher Nolan. He's currently based in Austin, Texas.

Michael Clayton Beat Sheet

Michael Clayton Beat Sheet

Michael Clayton Written and Directed by Tony GilroyRunning time: 116 minutesYear: 2008 PROTAGONIST: Michael Clayton, a mid-40’s, high-powered law firm’s fixer.CHARACTERIZATION/MAIN MISBEHAVIOR: former gambling addict and fixer of immoral actions. He is a demoralized man in the midst of financial…

The Dark Knight Beat Sheet

The Dark Knight Beat Sheet

The Dark Knight Download The Dark Knight Screenplay (PDF) Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher NolanStory by Christopher Nolan & David S. GoyerDirected by Christopher NolanRunning time: 145 minutesYear: 2008 Full Beat Sheet PROLOGUE 1 – OPENING IMAGE: Flames engulf…

Sorkinisms

I had no clue Aaron Sorkin wrote Tom Hanks’ Academy Award speech for Philadelphia. You learn something new everyday! I think it should be noted, with repeated use, cocaine causes long-term changes in the brain. Loss of visual memory is…

Batman Begins Beat Sheet

Batman Begins Beat Sheet

Batman Begins Screenplay by Christopher Nolan and David S. GoyerStory by David S. GoyerDirected by Christopher NolanRunning time: 131 minutesYear: 2005 ______________________________________ Please note that the following map is different than the one featured in Story Maps: The Films of…

The Fisher King Beat Sheet

The Fisher King Screenplay

The Fisher King Written by Richard LaGraveneseDirected by Terry GilliamRunning time: 134 minutesYear: 1991 BASIC STORY MAP PROTAGONIST: JACK LUCAS, 40’s, former Howard Stern-esque shock-jock.CHARACTERIZATION/MAIN MISBEHAVIOR: dependence, alcoholism and narcissismEXTERNAL GOAL: To help Parry get back on his feet and…

Risky Business Beat Sheet

Risky Business Beat Sheet

Risky Business Written and Directed by Paul BrickmanRunning time: 96minYear: 1983 BASIC STORY MAP PROTAGONIST: Joel Goodson, an 18 year old high school seniorCHARACTERIZATION/MAIN MISBEHAVIOR: Naivety; guiltEXTERNAL GOAL: To get laid / To be accepted into PrincetonINTERNAL GOAL: To satisfy…