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Deconstructing Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash”

This is based on Blake Snyder's Beat Sheet
Film got a 95% fresh rating

I received a great response to my deconstruction of the "Birdman" screenplay based on Blake Snyder’s beat sheet model. Here, I will tackle one of my favorite screenplays of last year: ‘Whiplash’ written by Damien Chazelle. Caution: Please read on only if you've already watched the movie (this article contains spoilers) Opening Image Damian Chazelle’s opening is simple, economical, bursting ... more >

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SCREENPLAYS DECONSTRUCTED: Snyder’s Beat Sheet Applied to “Birdman”

Iñárritu co-wrote screenplay with three other writers
[New Regency Pictures / Worldview Entertainment]
Film was directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

To all screenwriters out there who’ve studied screenwriters handbooks, manuals and guidebooks I don't think I am alone in thinking that Blake Snyder's “Save the Cat” is a personal favorite, despite the fact that it pretty much ignores the stuff that makes auteur cinema possible. I’ve been wanting to apply the Snyder Beat Sheet to a movie for some time. Alejandro Inarritu's ‘Birdman’ is a great ... more >