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Beat by Beat: A Cheat Sheet for Screenwriters

At a Glance

  • Follow the 120 story beats
  • See how even movies from different genres have similar structure
  • Use Beat by Beat to structure your next blockbuster

This groundbreaking guide describes six seemingly different popular movies and genres (Skyfall, The Avengers, The Hangover, A Beautiful Mind, The Conjuring, Gone Girl) and shows screenwriters how they all follow the exact same 120 Universal Story Beats minute by minute. The book also reveals the top 10 archetypes they use, and where and why the Inciting Incident, Act 2 & 4 Quests, Midpoints, and the other five main Turning Points happen in all successful movies.

"Once in a while a book comes along that shakes up the world of storytelling with a new approach that brings fresh insights and techniques to the craft. Save the Cat! was like that, a game-changer, and now another work appears that has the same potential to open doors for a lot of scriptwriters. " -Christopher Vogler, The Writer's Journey

Product Details

  • Date available: 07/28/2016
  • Publication date: 07/28/2016
  • Return policy: 30 days

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Meet the Author: Todd Klick

Writer and producer, Todd Klick, is the bestselling author of Beat By Beat: A Cheat Sheet for Screenwriters and Something Startling Happens: The 120 Story Beats Every Writer Needs to Know. Todd's stories earned accolades with the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship and the PAGE International screenwriting competitions. He has optioned and sold numerous scripts. Todd is a frequent speaker and panelist at writing conventions, contributor to The Huffington Post and MovieMaker Magazine, and has appeared on Dateline NBC and NPR.

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