Posts tagged ‘beat sheet’

November 1, 2011

Recommendation: Save the Cat! Story Structure Software 3.0

Blake Snyder Enterprises has announced the release of Save the Cat! Story Structure Software 3.0. I haven’t tried this software yet… but it looks really cool. As someone who struggles with structure (and a big fan of Snyder’s 15 beats) I’m thoroughly excited to download this product and plot out my next script.

The software has an innovative Board for visualizing your entire script in an easily viewable way right on your computer screen. It also has tools for beating out your script, developing your logline, and framing your structure according to one of Snyder’s 10 genres.

You can learn more about Save the Cat! Story Structure Software 3.0 here. It costs $99.95 and has Windows, Mac, iPhone and iPad versions.

And please — If you’ve tried previous versions of the software or have already purchased this release, let us know how you like it!

April 22, 2011

Recommendation: BeatSheetCentral

 *Note: Sites and services that I choose to recommend do not compensate me for my recommendation. These are simply resources that I have found helpful.*

I discovered this site today while looking for articles about how to beat out a script. It’s called beatsheetcentral.com and its simply a collection of user-generated beat sheets for famous movies and television shows.

You can search through the site’s content and try to find beat sheets for films similar to the one you’re trying to pen. Seeing the written structure of a film and trying to pick out for yourself where the inciting incident, the act breaks, the midpoint, the climax, etc. fall can be extremely informative when trying to create a structure for your own story.

Here are a few words from the site’s creator:

A few notes on what I consider a proper beat sheet:

  • It should contain every scene of the film, and say fully what happens in each scene.
  • It should be concisely written and easily readable.
  • Each scene should be its own paragraph, and be numbered for easy reference.

I should make this clear: I do not believe that there is a formula for creating commercially or critically successful films. I believe they come from, in the words of Norman Mailer, “experience filtered through the prism of memory.”

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