Monday, March 21, 2011

Screenwriting Bullet #9

What is a beat sheet?

A beat sheet is a document used to prepare the essential dramatic beats (i.e the dramatic structure) of a story: what happens, when and why. Individual scenes can also be broken down into singular beats of action, while the actual content within the scenes (the dramatised action) would make up a 'scene by scene breakdown' before going to script.

More on beat sheets:
Beat Sheets, explained
Beat Sheets, revisited (with analysis scene from The Graduate)

1 comment:

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