Summary of a beat sheet that “breaks down the three-act structure into bite-size, manageable sections, each with a specific goal for your overall story” as taken from the book, Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder.

Here is the list of each beat:

  1. Opening Image
  2. Setup
  3. Theme
  4. Catalyst
  5. Debate
  6. Break Into Two (Choosing Act Two)
  7. B Story
  8. The Promise of the Premise
  9. Midpoint
  10. Bad Guys Close In
  11. All is Lost
  12. Dark Night of the Soul
  13. Break Into Three (Choosing Act Three)
  14. Finale
  15. Final Image

This is a resource relevant for any media with a story. For the full description of each beat, visit Tim Stout’s blog here or visit Blake Snyder’s website here

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You guys don’t generally outline, right?

Ethan Coen: Yeah

So with an adaptation do you go through and pick plot points and decide what scenes you’re gonna do or do you just plow through?

Joel CoenIt’s much more the case that there’s a discussion about what comes next extending a certain way into the script that often gets batted about verbally and then just gets written as opposed to writing it all down with one subset of A, B, C, D, and E., you know? It’s like, “Okay, this will happen and it will lead to this, and then we don’t know what.”

Ethan: That’s true. It’s kinda mushy. We don’t do an outline in terms of mapping out the whole thing but then, on the other hand, we don’t exactly write scene A and then stop and say, “Okay, what’s scene B?”

Joel: Yeah it might be, “Okay this will happen and lead to this and this and then we get here and we’ll figure it out.”

It’s kind of a floating outline?

Ethan: Yes, a floating outline. If we’re writing scene B we have some clear idea what scene C might be and a slightly fuzzier idea of what D might be and a vague idea of what the ramifications of that might be — or maybe not. It just kind of falls off into darkness.

Joel and Ethan Coen from an interview with Dylan Callaghan in Script Tease

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Gilda Table by Eric Jourdan

An outline and table top edge that reflects the world of traditional cabinet making is matched with a minimalist steel base in Eric Jourdan’s Gilda Table for Super-ette.

Part of Super-ette’s 2013 Collection shown at Maison & Objet in Paris, Gilda is “a simple and basic table, with a very assertive character. A tricky exercise, since basics have no room for a glut of features.” says Jourdan.

Jourdan continues, “After having constructed the table around a ‘modern’ base, I sought to tackle the table top, to be more precise its border, in a virtually traditional way with an outline which readily reflects the world of traditional cabinet making. A recurring blend in my work.

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