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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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Having recently seen the wonderful film Hugo, it’s hard to believe that it was directed by the same man who directed Taxi Driver and so many hard-edged gangster films. It’s sad that Hugo has been such a flop at the box office, Scorsese deserved success with it.

Anyway, if you’d like to get a peek at his storyboards for Taxi Driver, I found some of them at the site and you can see them here. Good luck trying to read the captions, but it’s interesting to look at his sketches.

Below is a two-part video of Scorsese talking about Taxi Driver, its influences, and why it was a labor of love (they are about 8 minutes long each).

Martin Scorsese on Taxi Driver – part one

Martin Scorsese on Taxi Driver – part two

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I have a hunch these are NOT what’s stopping you from writing your screenplay:
* You don’t have any ideas
* You don’t understand the basics of screenwriting
* You have a fear of success

I think maybe one or more of these IS what’s stopping you:
* Procrastination
* Too many ideas
* Writing blocks
* Not enough time
* No support from family and friends

If I’m right, the WRITING BREAKTHROUGH STRATEGY program is what you need in order to write the screenplay you know is in you. Here’s a little (one minute) overview of what it gives you. If you want to find out more or sign up, go to: But hurry, because it starts on Monday, January 16!


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