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The Wide Margin: Tell the Cat to Beat It!

Writers today are obsessed with structure.  I’m not talking about the traditional beginning-middle-end style structure.  I’m talking about the micromanagement of page counts as typified by anal retentive “techniques” like “saving the cat.”  I’m pretty sure Paddy Chayefsky never thought in terms of a beat sheet, assigning plot points to script...

Unscripted: Scene Essentials

I’m starting daily discussions on ScriptMag’s Facebook page with “Question of the Day”. Let’s kick today off with one about scenes: QUESTION of the day: Let’s talk scenes. What are the essential elements in each scene, and how do you determine if it should be cut or not during the rewrite?...