Patterns: Beating sheets

I was asked recently (by a novelist) “how do you do a beat sheet”? It gets easier the more you do, though there’s no science to it; people  certainly disagree on them.  I put a lot of time and energy into unravelling THE DARK KNIGHT, which I found mystifying; I’ve read other versions that I …

LE DÎNER DES CONS, or, THE DINNER GAME

I cut a dialogue reel of this movie, excising silence, music, and sound effects, reducing it to a one hour track of talking only, and then exported it as an MP3 to my MP3 player.  I’ve probably listened to it over 50 times.  More than anything, and especially in its juxtaposition of a successful businessman …

Patterns: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (AND ARC)

If you’re a screenwriter you’ve probably talked a great deal already about RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: it fascinates people.  It’s so “typical” in its structure yet so “atypical” at the same time. This is a special movie; like James Bond, but more rough & tumble, with a mystical, divine intervention.  Jamie Nash was dubious …

PATTERNS: A Bout de Souffle, or, Breathless

Jamie Nash wondered about Godard fitting Blake Snyder’s Save The Cat beatsheet and I know this particular Godard film fairly well. I love this movie, but mind you, it’s not “pure Godard”, Truffaut (a top 5 fav filmmaker for me) co-wrote it Curious if/how it will fit A BOUT DE SOUFFLE, or BREATHLESS **OPENING IMAGE …

Patterns: CAPTAIN AMERICA

In a way I can’t believe I spent this kind of time on CAPTAIN AMERICA; however in Grade 2 I heard, one Remembrance Day, a horrifying story that I never forgot, and this movie had the exact same story in it.  It hit a personal nerve and compelled me; this movie really got me as …