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The 3 elements of Institutionalized are:
1) Every story in this category is about a group — a family, an organization, or a business that is unique.
2) The story is a choice, the ongoing conflict pitting a “Brando” or “Naif” vs. the system’s “Company Man.”
3) Finally, a sacrifice must be made and you get three endings: join, burn it down… or commit “suicide.”

Sicario Beat Sheet

By on February 24, 2017 in Beat Sheets, Institutionalized
<i>Sicario</i> Beat Sheet

See how Taylor Sheridan’s film hits the beats.

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God Grew Tired of Us Beat Sheet

<i>God Grew Tired of Us</i> Beat Sheet

See how a documentary adheres to Blake Snyder’s beats.

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The Lobster Beat Sheet

By on June 3, 2016 in Beat Sheets, Institutionalized
<i>The Lobster</i> Beat Sheet

See how the highly acclaimed indie hit the beats.

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American Sniper Beat Sheet

By on February 27, 2015 in Beat Sheets, Institutionalized
<i>American Sniper</i> Beat Sheet

See how screenwriter Jason Hall’s script hits the beats.

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The Help Beat Sheet

By on August 26, 2011 in Beat Sheets, Institutionalized
<i>The Help</i> Beat Sheet

Poster for “The Help” Thanks to Master Cat! Alvaro Rodriguez for breaking down the hit film: Written by: Tate Taylor (screenplay), Kathryn Stockett (novel) Directed by: Tate Taylor Genre: Institutionalized — The Help is a classic institutionalized story that, like Paul Haggis’ Oscar-winning Crash (2005) which Blake beats out in Save the Cat!® Goes to the Movies, […]

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The Fighter Beat Sheet

By on April 1, 2011 in Beat Sheets, Buddy Love, Institutionalized
<i>The Fighter</i> Beat Sheet

Today’s guest blogger, Anne Lower, is a true friend of STC! Anne was mentored by Blake, worked with us for a wonderfully collaborative period, and is a brilliant and articulate member of the writing community. Check out Anne’s blog, Princess Scribe. And a basketful of meows to her for this brilliant breakdown:  Year of Release: […]

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The Kids Are All Right Beat Sheet

By on January 14, 2011 in Beat Sheets, Institutionalized
<i>The Kids Are All Right</i> Beat Sheet

Our guest blogger, Erik Bork, is best known for his work as a writer-producer on the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and From the Earth to the Moon, for which he won two Emmy and two Golden Globe Awards. He has also written original pilots and screenplays on assignment for many of the major networks […]

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