MCVTS School of the Arts

Digital Film Program

September 17, 2013
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Scene Board

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)


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August 2, 2013
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Royalty Free Music Sites

Below is a list of website that you can go to for royalty free music for your films. Make sure to do research now and see which sites you like most.

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