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Tom Reed

Tom Reed

Tom Reed's entertainment career started in the circus: Dumbo's Circus, a Disney cable show where he juggled art department and stage manager duties. And juggled. He leapt from production to executive positions at grindhouse shop Cinetel Films, the Walt Disney Motion Picture Group, and Imagine Entertainment before settling on the toughest art department of all... the writer's room. When not writing, he's probing the grand mysteries of story, a cat never far from his side.

“Welcome Home” (Homepod Ad by Spike Jonze) Beat Sheet

By on April 13, 2018 in Beat Sheets
<i>“Welcome Home”</i> (Homepod Ad by Spike Jonze) Beat Sheet

Watch this brilliant 4-minute piece.

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Poetry As Storytelling – An STC! Analysis of Billy Collins’ Forgetfulness

By on December 8, 2017 in Beat Sheets, Rites of Passage, Today's Blog
Poetry As Storytelling – An <i>STC!</i> Analysis of Billy Collins’ <i>Forgetfulness</i>

See how a poem hits the beats.

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The Macrocosm in the Microcosm: LA LA LAND‘s Opening Number

By on January 27, 2017 in About the Beats, Today's Blog
The Macrocosm in the Microcosm: <i>LA LA LAND</i>‘s Opening Number

A glimpse of 7 beats.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) Beat Sheet

By on December 11, 2015 in Beat Sheets, Rites of Passage
<i>How the Grinch Stole Christmas</i> (1966) Beat Sheet

A perfect Rites of Passage

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How the Cat Saved the Dragon

By on February 13, 2015 in About the Beats, Today's Blog
How the Cat Saved the Dragon

Dean DeBlois talks about Blake Snyder’s influence on his process.

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Inside Llewyn Davis Beat Sheet

By on February 7, 2014 in Beat Sheets, Golden Fleece
<i>Inside Llewyn Davis</i> Beat Sheet

Thanks to Tom Reed for this brilliant analysis, available as a downloadable pdf.

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The Save the Cat! Interview: Gaz Alazraki, Writer/Director of Nosotros Los Nobles

The <i>Save the Cat!</i> Interview: Gaz Alazraki, Writer/Director of <i>Nosotros Los Nobles</i>

Last week’s blog from screenwriter/director Gaz Alazraki generated a lot of interest in hearing more about the process of creating a box office record-setting feature film, especially one that so consciously employed STC! principles. Master Cat! Tom Reed sat down with Gaz to examine his methodology.

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Paperman Beat Sheet

<i>Paperman</i> Beat Sheet

Breaking down the winner of the Oscar® for Best Short Film — Animated.

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Could Flight Have Soared Higher?

By on December 14, 2012 in About the Beats, Today's Blog
Could <i>Flight</i> Have Soared Higher?

This wonderful movie didn’t quite deliver on its promise — and Tom Reed is about to explain why, hopefully in a positive spirit you’ll accept on a slope that might be a touch slippery.

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Argo Hits the Beats

By on November 23, 2012 in Beat Sheets, Genre, Golden Fleece, Today's Blog
<i>Argo</i> Hits the Beats

Master Cat! Tom Reed relates why Argo is a story that resonates.

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