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This is a great explanation of the traditional, three-act structure way to start your screenplay, illustrated with examples from Pixar movies, and focusing on how the process was applied to Toy Story 3.

The narrator is writer Michael Arndt, whose credits also include the wonderful Little Miss Sunshine.

My only quibble is that it suggests that this is THE way to tell a story, rather than ONE way to tell a story. Sure, it’s the most often used way but there are others and one of those may be a better fit for your story. Still, it’s important to understand this one so you can decide whether or not it is the right choice for your project.

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As well as thinking about the construction of the overall story of a screenplay we have to construct individual scenes. A terrific resource in line with that is the New York Times feature, “Anatomy of a Scene.”

In the video below, the director Richard Ayoade narrates the opening sequence of the film, The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg. You’ll see how much we manage to learn about the character without any dialogue.

Anatomy of a scene: The Double

My only quibble with this excellent regular feature is that I wish they’d invite the writer aboard more often.

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eyeballOften screenwriters have the job of making the abstract visual. That was also the challenge of these folks, making a procession that represents the surveillance of society.

They created it for the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, which ended last week in Manhattan. Click below for a look:



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