Here is a link to the scene board we discussed in class. CLICK HERE FOR SCENE BOARD Script Scene Board Breakdown Sep2013
The Save the Cat! Beat Sheet
Opening image (p. 1): Sets the tone for the story and suggests the protagonist’s primary problem. (For a short film, p.1 of a 12 page script)
Theme is stated (p. 5): A question or statement, usually made to the protagonist, indicating the story’s main thematic idea. . (For a short film, p.2 of a 12 page script)
Set-up (p. 1-10): An introduction to the main characters and setting—the background.
(For a short film, p.1-3 of a 12 page script)
Catalyst (p. 12): A major event that changes the protagonist’s world and sets the story in motion. (For a short film, p.2-3 of a 12 page script)
Debate (p. 12-25): A question is raised about the choice now before the protagonist. Often this section lays out the stakes for the journey ahead. .
(For a short film, p.3 of a 12 page script)
Break into Act II (p. 25-30): The hero definitively leaves his old world or situation and enters a strange new one. (For a short film, p.3 of a 12 page script)
B-story (p. 30): A secondary plotline that often fleshes out side characters—frequently a mentor or a love interest—who assist the hero on his journey.
(For a short film, p.3-4 of a 12 page script)
Fun and games (p. 30-55): Snyder says this section offers “the promise of the premise.” It’s an exploration of the story’s core concept that gives the story its “trailer-friendly moments.” It’s usually lighter in tone, and it typically builds to a big victory at the midpoint. (For a short film, p.3-4 of a 12 page script)
Midpoint (p. 55): The A and B stories cross. The story builds to either a false victory or (less often) false defeat. New information is revealed that raises the stakes.
(For a short film, p.6 of a 12 page script)
Bad guys close in (p. 55-75): After the victory at the midpoint, things grow steadily worse as the villains regroup and push forward.
(For a short film, p.6-7 of a 12 page script
All is lost (p. 75): Mirroring the midpoint, it’s usually a false defeat. The hero’s life is in shambles. Often there’s a major death or at least the sense of death—a reference to dying or mortality somehow. (For a short film, p.7 of a 12 page script)
Dark night of the soul (p. 75-85): A moment of contemplation in which the hero considers how far he’s come and all he’s learned. It’s the moment in which the hero asks, “Why is all this happening?” (For a short film, p.8 of a 12 page script)
Break into Act III (p. 85) A “Eureka!” moment that gives the hero the strength to keep going—and provides the key to success in Act III.
(For a short film, p.9 of a 12 page script)
Finale (p. 85-110) Relying on all he has learned throughout the story, the hero solves his problems, defeats the villains, and changes the world for the better.
(For a short film, p.10-11 of a 12 page script)
Final image (p. 110). A mirror of the opening image that underlines the lessons learned and illustrates how the world has changed.
(For a short film, p.12 of a 12 page script)