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 …

Patterns: BATMAN

You have to be careful talking about movies; often, much of your thinking on it is totally subjective to your like or dislike of it.  Certainly, this is routinely the case for me.  If a movie really bugged me, I can point out its “structural weaknesses” which prove its failure, while if I loved it, …

Patterns: STAR WARS TRILOGY

My man Pete Barnstrom asks: “I wonder if one were to slap the trilogy back-to-back, would the BS2 fit? Writ large, multiplied by three?” I absolutely believe that, yes, the trilogy DOES make a McKee-Walters-Field 3 Act Structure, to me it’s no-question, YES, absolutely. A Blake Snyder “BS2” tho?  I tried it out… Opening Image …

Patterns: THE OTHERS Beatsheet

A “revelation”, ie. something I “knew” but not explicitly: What Snyder calls “Set Up” is “the beginning of set-up”, but “Set-up” can happen until the Midpoint SGOW is certainly like that, set-up set-up set-up, til Midpoint then pay-off pay-off pay-off. Genre: MONSTER IN THE HOUSE meets RITES OF PASSAGE A “monster”: the others A “sin”: …