Writing for film…

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I had the good fortune of coming into contact with Todd Klick’s book called Something Startling Happens: 120 Story Beats Every Writer Needs to Know from Twitter follows, and although I haven’t yet written a screenplay I would feel confident enough to work with the layout he’s provided of a “minute-by-minute” process that links universal story beats. I was, or I am, familiar with 1.5 minutes per playwriting page, but significant is the 1 minute per page with screenwriting. The “minute-by-minute” benchmark–the universal beats in a story–applies to pretty much any genre: comedies, dramas, thrillers, adventures, horror, or a combination of the genres. The frequently asked questions are specifically designed for any writer interested in screenwriting. Klick includes a wide variety of films–and not just for the sake of their popularity but also for what film has meant to filmmakers and the craft itself. The book was a new way of looking at film and writing in general for me. As simple as its layout, the book is a hybrid of structure and film segment diversity–important tools that really help this particular type of writing achieve its goal. The book is a provocative and pragmatic glimpse into writing right and writing a story well enough that captures the rhythm of universal beats. Following cadence is key.

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