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Film Studies: Structure
Transcript of Film Studies: Structure
2. Theme Stated
6. Break into Two
7. B Story
8. Fun and Games
The Blake Snyder Beat Sheet (page 70)
10. Bad Guys Close In
11. All is Lost
12. Dark Night of the Soul
13. Break into Three
15. Final Image
BREAK INTO 2
BREAK INTO 3
BREAK INTO TWO
BREAK INTO THREE
The INCITING INCIDENT that sparks the hero's journey.
The hero begins their journey and enters A NEW WORLD.
A FALSE VICTORY and/or a FALSE DEFEAT that raises the stakes for the hero.
That moment just after all seems lost where the hero FINDS THEIR INNER STRENGTH.
The CLIMAX, and the ultimate SHOWDOWN between good and evil.
an OUTER WANT
STANDARD RECIPE FOR:
the "thing" they seek
an INNER NEED
the deeper change they require
CAN YOU IDENTIFY EACH HERO'S:
OUTER WANT & INNER NEED?
THE LION KING
THE WIZARD OF OZ
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.
FILL IN THE BLANKS WITH YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE
COPY THIS PARAGRAPH
WHAT TYPES OF THINGS MIGHT HAPPEN IN EACH ACT?
JAKE SULLY arrives at the Navii's home
BELLE and THE BEAST share an evening of dinner and dancing.
LORD FARQUAAD sends SHREK and DONKEY to slay a dragon.
CADY is invited to sit with THE PLASTICS, who welcome her.
TONY STARK is left for dead, until Jarvis restores emergency power.
Krypton is collapsing, so JOR-EL sends his son into space.
LUKE SKYWALKER returns home to find his uncle and aunt have been murdered.
COMMIDUS forces MAXIMUS into gladiatorial combat with a mortal wound.
A letter summons one male from each household to serve in the Chinese army.
DAVID CLARK assembles a fake family and arrives in Mexico.
BRODY is told that Amity killed its deadly shark, but it attacks again.
Fight Club becomes so popular that it evolves into Project Mayhem.
FUN & GAMES
BAD GUYS CLOSE IN
ALL IS LOST
DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL
Sets the tone. Gives an clue about a main character or main idea.
The "message" of the movie. Often spoken indirectly.
Plot exposition. Should be done subtly to establish the stakes.
Hero(es) weigh their options before starting their journey.
The subplot. Often a new group of characters.
The kind of stuff you see on the one sheet or trailer.
The tide starts to turn against the hero.
The lowest of the low. Often a death of a mentor / loved one.
The hero's soul-searching before breaking into III.
The "new world." Often a mirror of the opening image.
A mentor dies
The lowest point
Hero forced to leave home.
A traumatic flashback
A wild car chase
The hero gets captured
Racing to the rescue
The hero conquers their fear
Meet the villain
TAKE-HOME UNIT EXAM
script, screenplay, and story basics
GOOD DIALOGUE BASICS
THE HERO'S JOURNEY
BASIC PLOT POINTS
THREE ACT STRUCTURE
"SAVE THE CAT"
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