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As well as running this here website, I am also an independent filmmaker and screenwriter.

This page is intended as a resource for other writers, offering links to great sites, recommended reading lists, advice and my weekly screenwriting journal. All this and also my collection of 'beat sheets' in which I de-construct horror movies to see where their story beats occur and if they adhere to a prescribed pattern.

Get stuck in and if you have any comments please don't hesitate to let me know what you think!

 
SCREENWRITING JOURNAL

It can be a lonely old business
  being a writer so being the gregarious, loquacious and just a tiny bit narcissistic fellow I am, I have begun a screenwriting journal which I will update weekly. It is intended to be a chronicle of the process of writing a feature length screenplay and my efforts in selling the damned thing.

Read it here: SCREENWRITING JOURNAL
http://nefariousfilms.blogspot.com/

 
RECOMMENDED READING
   

STORY

Robert McKee

 

Commonly viewed as the screenwriter's bible and with good reason. A rigorous and thorough investigation into all aspects of screenwriting.

 

 

SCREENPLAY

Syd Field


Another essential read for any screenwriter. A wonderful overview of the craft and discipline of screenwriting and a great explanation of the 3 act structure.

 

SAVE THE CAT!

Blake Snyder

 

An absolutely fantastic new (ish) approach to screenwriting with some very effective new tricks and techniques including 'The Board' and the intriguing and infuriating 'Beat Sheet'.

 

HOW TO WRITE A MOVIE IN 21 DAYS

Viki King

 

A slightly unorthodox but nonetheless vauable approach to writing dealing specifically with just getting the damn thing done and beating writer's block.

 

   
  BEAT SHEETS

In order to write for the screen succesfully it is probably a good idea to look at how others have done it before you, take their scripts apart and really see what makes them tick.

I have used the Blake Snyder Beat Sheet to de-construct various horror films and see if they adhere to the story beats as detailed by Mr. Snyder in his really rather helpful screenwriting guide, Save the Cat.

Click the title below to see its beat sheet and see if you agree with my verdicts. Please bear in mind however that these deconstructions are only intended as aids to studying screenwriting in practice and are not any commentary on the quality of the scripts!

Creep

Creep

Dead Snow

Dog Soldiers

Event Horizon

The House on Haunted Hill

Jason X

The Mist

The Ruins

The Strangers

 

I will be adding to the list as I study more films but If you have a Beat Sheet of your own to submit, I'm more than happy to post it and credit you - please send it to Matt@nefariousfilms.co.uk
 
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