Patterns, aka, THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER Beatsheet

Without contending that 3-act structure is the only structure, one can still see the patterns of 3-act structure in a lot of fiction, and it is fun and satisfying to see patterns.  Exactly halfway through THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER, Tom’s change in manner of walking about town felt like a real classic Blake Snyder …

PATTERNS: Ghostbusters Beatsheet

GHOSTBUSTERS was the first movie (and I think only) movie I ever asked to have bought for me, and it was the first story that made me see “structure” though I didn’t know the word; it made me suspicious that one could write a story as cool and satisfying as Ghostbusters by copying what happened …

Patterns: THE DARK KNIGHT

Not only is The Dark Knight the greatest cinema ever made (so far) about the aftermath of September 11th in America, it’s also the greatest art period ever made (so far) about the aftermath of September 11th in America.  Though the writers deny it’s related, it’s about a brilliant terrorist whose schemes the authorities cannot …