Robert McKee is a screenwriting guru whose book (and seminar series), Story, is one of the most popular and polarizing how-to screenwriting books on the market. McKee, a Fulbright Scholar, developed his seminar while a professor at the University of Southern California, and began offering it to the public in 1984. It has been attended […]
What is the hero’s journey?
The hero’s journey is the epic structure defined by Joseph Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Campbell argues that the great enduring myths from around the world all share an underlying structure he calls the “monomyth.” In the introduction to his book, Campbell breaks it down: A hero ventures forth from the world […]
How many pages should each act of a screenplay be?
Unlike plays and television scripts, which explicitly indicate their act breaks, most feature screenplays don’t print act breaks anywhere in the script. But in everyday discussion, screenwriters generally talk about movies having three acts. SCREENWRITER Crap. I’m at page 38 but I’m nowhere near the end of the first act. or SCREENWRITER Boom! Page 90, […]
What is Save the Cat?
Save the Cat! is a popular screenwriting book (and book series) by Blake Snyder, which breaks down screenplays into 15 beats (and further into 40) that all screenplays should contain. The title comes from the idea that a film’s hero should do something nice the first time we meet him — ie save a cat […]
Who is Syd Field?
Syd Field was a screenwriting guru, most famous for his articulation of the typical three-act structure. He is the author of Screenplay (1979), among other books on screenwriting. In Field’s structure, the first act, which takes approximately one quarter of the film’s runtime, sets up the conflict. A plot point thrusts the main character into […]