sequences

Specs & The City: Sequences and Toy Story, Part 5

Well here we are; the final installment of my series of columns on the eight sequence method for screenwriting (see Paul Joseph Gulino’s book, Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach) using Toy Story as our real-world model. In Part 4, we discussed the benefits giving your audience a small break from the main...

Specs & The City: Sequences and ‘Toy Story’ (Part 4)

Welcome back to part 4 of my series on the eight sequence method for screenwriting (see Paul Joseph Gulino’s book, Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach) using Toy Story as our real-world model. Last week we passed the midpoint of our analysis and saw our main characters at their lowest point. Now it’s...

Specs & The City: Sequences and ‘Toy Story’ Part 3

Let’s jump right into the next group of sequences we’ll be discussing. For anyone just stumbling across this, we’re in the middle of a series of columns where we’ll be breaking down the eight sequence method for screenwriting (see Paul Joseph Gulino’s book, Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach)  using Toy Story as our...

Specs & The City: Sequences and ‘Toy Story’ Part 2

While sequences are just one way to break down your story, I’ve always found them to be an incredibly practical and useful way to write. This is mostly due to the fact that it allows me to break my story down into more manageable pieces, and the format ensures that there’s...

Specs & The City: Sequences and ‘Toy Story’ Part 1

Every screenwriter knows about the basic three-act structure of the modern screenplay. It’s the love of our life, and the tormentor that keeps us up at night as we attempt to pour the story we desperately need to tell (you do feel a NEED to tell your story don’t you?) into...