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Ben Frahm

Ben Frahm

Master Cat Ben Frahm is a screenwriter who was a member of Blake Snyder’s Writers Group and consulted on How to Train Your Dragon. Ben is co-writer of the feature Maybe A Love Story for Warner Bros International, premiering this summer. He is a professor of screenwriting at Syracuse University and also teaches the Save the Cat! online beat sheet workshops and our New York City Weekend Intensive. “If this is your first time selling a script, take some advice from Ben Frahm. Ben has a true gift for concept.” –– Blake Snyder, Save the Cat!® Strikes Back – More Trouble for Writers to Get Into… and Out Of.

Best of Ben Frahm: Keep the Beats Simple!

By on July 13, 2018 in About the Beats, Tips and Tactics, Tools with 1 Comment
Best of Ben Frahm: Keep the Beats Simple!

Don’t get caught up in the minutia of a scene.

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Billy Ray’s “Simple Emotional Journey”

Billy Ray’s “Simple Emotional Journey”

Map your hero’s emotional journey with plot points.

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Why Audiences of All Ages Respond to Primal Themes

By on June 9, 2017 in About the Beats, Today's Blog
Why Audiences of All Ages Respond to Primal Themes

How to make your stories resonate.

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Fury Beat Sheet

By on October 31, 2014 in Beat Sheets, Golden Fleece
<i>Fury</i> Beat Sheet

The breakdown of David Ayer’s captivating motion picture.

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Gone Girl Beat Sheet

By on October 15, 2014 in Beat Sheets, Dude With A Problem
<i>Gone Girl</i> Beat Sheet

The hit movie asks primal questions of a marriage.

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2 + 2 = 5?

2 + 2 = 5?

Thanks to Ben Frahm, who leads our Beat Sheet Workshops in New York City, for this helpful tip to avoid a deadly “bump” in logic. What’s one of the most common symptoms of a first draft or a first stab at cracking the 15 beats? It’s not that the material isn’t funny. Or the characters […]

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Her Beat Sheet

By on February 28, 2014 in Beat Sheets, Buddy Love
<i>Her</i> Beat Sheet

How the A and B Stories both look at love in this Oscar®-nominated screenplay.

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All Is Lost Beat Sheet

By on December 20, 2013 in Beat Sheets, Dude With A Problem
<i>All Is Lost</i> Beat Sheet

Thanks to Master Cat! Ben Frahm for this breakdown that was certain to include the “All Is Lost” beat (but does not include a B Story): Written and Directed by: J.C. Chandor Genre: Dude with a Problem: Innocent Hero, Sudden Event, Life-or-Death Battle Sub-Genre: Nature Problem Opening Image: The remains of a capsized boat float […]

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Gravity Beat Sheet

By on November 8, 2013 in Beat Sheets, Dude With A Problem
<i>Gravity</i> Beat Sheet

Thanks to Master Cat! Ben Frahm for this weighty breakdown. Written by: Alfonso Cuarón and Jonás Cuarón (Script Collaborator, uncredited: George Clooney) Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón Genre: DUDE WITH A PROBLEM: INNOCENT HERO, SUDDEN EVENT, LIFE OR DEATH BATTLE Sub-Genre: NATURE PROBLEM. Opening Image: — BEEPING sounds. And then we open up on a breathtaking image […]

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How to Market Your Script – Part Two

By on November 1, 2013 in Today's Blog

Master Cat Ben Frahm, with an assist from Matt Allen and José Silerio, continues his helpful tips on selling your script — from the STC! one-day event earlier this year. In Part Two, Ben talks about: agents managers what happens after a sale meetings, and Beyond the Beats — the importance of voice and tone: what […]

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