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Screenplay Sequences In (500) Days Of Summer

Thinking of using screenplay sequences in your script? Of shaking up your screenwriting and tackling a non-linear screenplay? Well, if you are, there's an important screenwriting lesson to be learned from the film (500) Days of Summer and how they utilize sequences. (500) Days of Summer may look confusing but it's not really if you break [...]

Act One Of A Screenplay Has Four Major Beats Not Two

Everyone knows Act One of a screenplay should have two major beats -- the Call to Action and End of Act Turning Point. However, there are another two major beats in Act One, that are essential to include if you want to write a rock solid opening to your screenplay. These Four Beats give the first [...]

Jeffrey Allan Schechter And His 12 Plot Points of Act 1 As Applied To (500) Days Of Summer

For this post I am going to take Jeffrey Allan Schechter And His 12 Plot Points of Act 1 and apply them to the 2009 movie (500) Days Of Summer. Jeffrey analyzes the 12 specific plot points that make up Act 1 in his great book My Story Can Beat Up Your Story, We've broken down dozens [...]

An Insanely Helpful Exercise To Improve Structure They DON’T Tell You On Script Writing Courses

Want to know a little known but super effect screenplay structure hack? A method on how to master your sense of structure that's rarely, if ever, mentioned on script writing courses? Keep reading... Sounds simple, and it is. However, this is not a quick fix and will take the writing of many, many outlines before [...]

Is Script Structure Too Mechanical?

Many aspiring screenwriters think Hollywood films are all so bad because they’re all the same, following the same tired old script structure. They want to break the mould and make their film “different from all the rest.” We can certainly sympathize with these sentiments and those who bemoan the fact that every tutor and book [...]

The Script Writing Structure No One Talks About

There is a script writing structure no one talks about... Except... Jeffrey Alan Schechter. If you haven’t read My Story Can Beat Up Your Story by Jeffrey then you should. It’s full of great, practical ways to toughen up your screenplay. Perhaps the most useful are his Act One's 12 Very Specific Plot Points.  They’re a [...]

Screenwriting eBooks On Sequences

There were no Screenwriting eBooks on sequences until now... As the title suggests, this screenwriting book moves on from traditional three act theory to expose how each act is actually constructed using sequences. We were motivated to write it because of the distinct lack of information on structure out there beyond the generic framework of [...]