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This Sequence Outline is NOT an absolute formula or perfect recipe to building a feature script, but it is something to work from. Because each script is a prototype: new, unique, custom-made just for its own story. SEQUENCE ONE - Status Quo & Inciting Incident Establishes the central character , his/her life, and the status quo and the world of the story.
Story Structure Architect: a writer's guide to building dramatic situations & compelling characters , by Victoria Lynn Schmidt (also author of 45 Master Characters ), categorizes stories into 55 Dramatic Situations, as well as giving some detail on genres, storyforms, and the possible forms of conflict in a story.
(Revised July 2007)
I was just in conversation with the head of a film festival. Nice woman. Lovely woman, actually.
advice on writing
I came upon this quote from This American Life 's Ira Glass on a blog I've been frequenting - in sweet delight - so I don't know anything of the context for it, but what does it matter? As so many of us go back to school (i.e. to work, to our projects, to our ongoing struggle), I can't think of a better piece of advice that can serve as prod and inspiration. Here's the quote, unadorned: Nobody tells this to people who are beginners - I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste.
You've finished your script, rewritten it to perfection, and now it's ready for market... or is it? I have a friend who has never done a *major* rewrite on his script, and my guess is that you haven't either. Most of us have never had our script challenged.
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