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By on April 4, 2019 in About the Beats, Podcasts, Tools with 8 Comments
Naomi Beaty explains the Moment of Clarity for the Chris Pine character in Hell or High Water.

Naomi Beaty explains the Moment of Clarity for the Chris Pine character in Hell or High Water.

STC!_PodcastDMaster Cat Naomi Beaty reveals 2 things script readers can’t get enough of — and one thing writers need to avoid. Listen to how you can, and why you must, nail your Break into Two and Moment of Clarity to transport your protagonist… and your audience… on a journey of transformation.


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About the Author: Naomi Beaty, a screenwriter and script reader in Los Angeles, teaches our online beat sheet screenwriting workshops, our in-person weekend intensive workshops, and hosts our STC! podcasts. Visit her online home and get access to the new library of downloadable screenplays and screenwriting resources. .

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  1. V.C. Lennox says:

    Thanks for this – really helpful, especially the bit about giving the reader guidance on where the story is going as that’s so easy to neglect when you’re looking to create tension and mystery in a script.

  2. Gabriel Barros says:

    I think a great moment of clarity happens on Marvels’ Cap Civil War, when Steve hear Agent 13 paraphrases Agent Carter about doing what you think is right even when everybody else says it’s not.

    That moment you can see in Steve’s face that is what he’s going to do, and the fate of the movie is set that very moment. No more possibility of talkin a way out.

    • Naomi says:

      Awesome! I actually haven’t seen this one, but will keep an eye out for the moment of clarity when I do. Thanks!

  3. LK Glover says:

    Great podcast, Naomi! Thanks! I always like “sound bites” of information that help me focus on one or two things I can do to improve my craft. My favorite moment of clarity is from Shawshank Redemption when Morgan Freeman’s character, Red, remembers Andy’s comment “Get busy living or get busy dying” and makes a choice that will define the rest of his life.

    • Naomi says:

      Thank you – so glad you found it useful! And that Shawshank example is an interesting one! Now I feel like I need to rewatch the movie. Any excuse, really 🙂

  4. Christina Fait says:

    Thanks, Naomi! Great reminders… Here’s a moment of clarity I often reference. It’s from a childhood favorite: Hook. A grown-up Peter Pan realizes “I know why I grew up. I wanted to be a father. I’m a daddy! My happy thought, I got it!” This happy thought is what finally sends him soaring, a skill he’d lost when he forgot his identity as Peter Pan. He has been a lousy father and a lousy Peter Pan. But now, entering his synthesis world, he is both daddy and Peter Pan. With the ability to fly, he can now Break Into Three to save his children from Captain Hook! It’s the moment (like you say) that the whole movie has been building up to…

    • Naomi says:

      I love this one, Christina! It’s such a great example of how that moment can feel like a pivotal moment in the story – we build to that moment for the whole movie and then everything changes in an instant and all this meaning falls into place. It’s really emotional. Love it!

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