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: THE CINCINNATI KID Beatsheet

Writing a con artist movie was a difficult chore for me; I knew next to nothing about cons and it was surprisingly tough to learn them well, to integrate them intuitively. I also needed to learn a bit about poker, and one thing I watched (and loved) was THE CINCINNATI KID.  (I was surprised to …