Author Archives: Daniel P. Calvisi

Daniel P. Calvisi

About Daniel P. Calvisi

Daniel P. Calvisi is a writing coach, screenwriter and former Story Analyst for major studios like Twentieth Century Fox and Miramax Films. He is the author of Amazon best-seller Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay, Story Maps: 12 Great Screenplays, and co-author of Story Maps: The Films of Christopher Nolan (with William Robert Rich). Go to for more about him, Story Maps, and to listen to the Story Maps Screenwriting Podcast. Follow Dan on Twitter @StoryMapsDan.

Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst in Spiderman

Peter Parker: Nerd, Love-Sick Teenager, Diehard New Yorker (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2)

“With great power comes great responsibility.” Uncle Ben’s words have guided Peter Parker for decades, and they provide the thematic backbone of The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, as well as the previous Sam Raimi-helmed Spider-Man trilogy. Uncle Ben’s wisdom and tragic death are an immutable part of Spider-Man’s origin, going back...

Beat Sheets and Act Structure for Television Drama

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! As the tales of Don Draper, Walter White and Dexter Morgan come to an end and screenwriters everywhere struggle to create the next great TV protagonist, I have only one question. Where are all of the “beat sheets” and structure “paradigms” for television drama?...

Building a ‘Man of Steel’ (a.k.a. Golan!)

Man of Steel is an origin story written by the creative team behind another pivotal cinematic origin story, Batman Begins. David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan (or “Golan,” as we’ve taken to calling them after an amusing flub by William Robert Rich in our Story Maps Screenwriting Podcast) bring the dark, reality-based sensibilities they...