Patterns: THIS IS ENGLAND

I really recommend this movie. I like all the IFC stuff I’ve seen lately; man, I should have gone to the IFC cinema in NYC. Next time. I think it works for STC. Ultra-indie, ultra-non-Hollywood, but I could see the pattern. To test: GENRE: Rites of Passage. “Going through something,” a “wrong way”, and a …

Patterns: MOOLAADÉ

A (circumcised) mother in Burkina Faso 2004 is asked by small girls to help them escape ritual female circumcision; the DVD synopsis grabbed me.  Powerful movie. I was curious how it might match up to STC’s BS2; I could see certain elements but not others so watched it again.  It’s not a perfect fit (especially …

Patterns: THE COLOR OF MONEY beatsheet

I like to read FilmCritHulk and enjoy his essays on specific films and on cinema/writing theory… I agree there’s more than “just 3-act” (tho I like 3-act and am fine with it, too) He calls an act break “a decision there’s no going back from” (direct quote: A POINT IN STORY WHERE CHARACTER(S) MAKE CHOICE …

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 …

Patterns: FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON

Last year I thought I’d test Blake Snyder’s ideas on a book for fun: BS2 Project Title: Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes Date: 1966 MORAL PREMISE: Opening Image (1): “Dr Strauss says I shoud rite down what I think and remembir and evrey thing that happins to me from now on” Theme Stated (5): …