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How to Write a Screenplay or Tell a Better Story

by Strategy Director at Big Spaceship on Mar 27, 2012

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For anyone who wants to tell a better story, or specifically write a screenplay, I thought I'd share advice I've learned on the road. ...

For anyone who wants to tell a better story, or specifically write a screenplay, I thought I'd share advice I've learned on the road.

I wrote this for friends who've wanted me to give them a one hour crash course on storytelling and screenwriting.

I hope this helps!

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  • tblsx tblsx Nice! 8 months ago
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  • brettstrobridge Brett Strobridge @geovibe I would hardly take a Wikipedia article as being more authoritative in this regard, even so it states 'Beats are specific, measured, and spaced to create a pace that moves the progress of the story forward.' which is not 'entirely different' - the statement here seems to be that this 'space' is the smallest possible, which makes sense as you can always scale that up to longer periods using 'multiple beats' hence being compatible with the Wikipedia definition. In fact the Wikipedia Article even states that 'In screenplays, a beat is a pause in dialogue.' but I've seen beats used in other contexts in scripts, so I would just argue that the Wikipedia entry is merely incomplete. 10 months ago
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  • wethree VLST Productions at VLST Productions Love it! In the Adversary slides, and because of the characters chosen to introduce FLAW, I'd have been tempted to use Adversaries to match the FLAW characters- as you say, choosing the right Adversary is all about the character MOST able to make the hero face his FLAW... Wow! great stuff.... 1 year ago
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  • geovibe Bart Scantlin On slide 41 you define 'beat' as the smallest unit in a script/story. It seems, that according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beat_(filmmaking) its something entirely different. 1 year ago
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  • DaniRachidViana Dani Rachid Viana, Redatora, Planejamento Publicitário at Mendes Comunicação Great stuff! Thanks to share. 1 year ago
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  • elvisrublovskis Elvis Rublovskis, CGH at COXO ok 1 year ago
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  • brunoscarto Bruno Scartozzoni, Creative Planner and Transmedia Writer at Talk Interactive / Freelancer Great stuff! Loved it. 1 year ago
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