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Dude With A Problem

The 3 elements of a Dude With A Problem are:
1) An innocent hero who is dragged into a mess without asking for it — or even aware of how he got involved.
2) A sudden event that thrusts our innocent(s) into the world of hurt — and it comes without warning.
3) A life or death battle is at stake — and the continued existence of an individual, family, group, or society is in question.

Game of Thrones Pilot – “Winter Is Coming” Beat Sheet

<i>Game of Thrones</i> Pilot – “Winter Is Coming” Beat Sheet

The first beats of a mini-series.

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The Walking Dead Pilot – “Days Gone By” Beat Sheet

<i>The Walking Dead</i> Pilot – “Days Gone By” Beat Sheet

A one-hour tv drama hits the beats.

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The Martian Beat Sheet

By on November 26, 2015 in Beat Sheets, Dude With A Problem
<i>The Martian</i> Beat Sheet

See why the film, directed by Ridley Scott, is everything a book-to-film adaptation should be.

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Room Novel Beat Sheet

By on October 30, 2015 in Beat Sheets, Dude With A Problem
<i>Room</i> Novel Beat Sheet

As acclaim grows for the film version of Room, here’s the beat sheet for the original novel.

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Inside Out Beat Sheet

<i>Inside Out</i> Beat Sheet

The brilliant Disney Pixar film hits the beats, creating a story that resonates for all ages.

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The Lego Movie Beat Sheet

By on January 16, 2015 in Beat Sheets, Dude With A Problem
<i>The Lego Movie</i> Beat Sheet

Check out the perfect structure of this popular film.

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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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Muppets Most Wanted Beat Sheet

<i>Muppets Most Wanted</i> Beat Sheet

The screenwriters ask: What does it mean to function as a family?

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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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