PATTERNS: Go Fractal

I’ve recently become convinced that, whatever structuring system you use — be it Robert McKee or Syd Field or Blake Snyder/Save The Cat or Chris Vogler or Story Wheel or etc — the patterns all repeat themselves, inside themselves.. The story pattern happens over and over, WITHIN THE LARGER PATTERN; in many of our popular …

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 …