Something Startling Happens: The 120 Story Beats Every Writer Needs to Know
At a Glance
Keep your audience on the line.Permanently.
This clever book reveals the 120 minute-by-minute story genome that unites all successful films. It shows you — like no other book has before — what makes great movies tick.
Get the structural skinny on what made these and over 40 other movies successful: Star Wars, Forrest Gump, Being John Malkovich, The Godfather, Rashomon, Halloween, Jaws, Juno, Knocked Up, The Matrix, Pulp Fiction, and Spider-Man.
“I tell writers to study movies and break down their structure. Klick has done this here, minute by minute. …an invaluable tool in building a professional career.”
— Marc Scott Zicree, writer: Star Trek: The Next Generation
“Klick demystifies the scriptwriting process and takes you on a beautiful journey into the thought process behind the moments that make a feature great.”
— Jen Grisanti, author of Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story
“With screenwriting students, one of the best exercises is to ‘beat’ out the story with them. This book is a catalyst for developing compelling and engaging screenplays.”
— Rob Goald, UNLV Film Dept.
- Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
- Date available: 10/06/2011
- Publication date: 10/01/2011
- Return policy: 30 days
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Meet the Author: Todd Klick
Screenwriter, producer and author, Todd Klick, is a Director of Story Development in Los Angeles, and co-founder of writerwrench.com. He is author of Something Startling Happens: The 120 Story Beats Every Writer Needs To Know. Todd's screenplays have earned him recognition with the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship and the PAGE International competitions. Four of Todd's scripts have been optioned, leading him to a story deal with the Hallmark Channel, and another deal to develop a Broadway musical. Todd has published articles in MovieMaker Magazine, and has also appeared on Dateline NBC and NPR.