Master Cat! Jose Silerio shows how Gravity is a Dude(tte) with a Problem — and how knowing the genre of your story can help you write it — in this discussion with Guy Thompson .
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Join Master Cat! Jose Silerio and Guy Thompson as they demonstrate how the strong Theme Stated of Michael Arndt’s Oscar®-winning script (Best Original Screenplay 2006) plays throughout the film — applying to each of the main characters. There’s a lesson here for anyone who wants to write an effective ensemble piece: use your theme to help your story resonate. […]
I wrote this 40 years ago, in the early ’70s — just for myself. It was never published until July 27, 2012, after the murders in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater. Blake and I shared the feeling that we can go into the theatre to be entertained, to laugh, to be inspired… and to be safe. Here’s […]
It was a masterful night as José Silerio hosted a standing-room-only crowd from the Veterans Writing Project at the Writers Guild of America West. José explained the step-by-step process of the Transformation Machine in a 90-minute plus powerpoint that compared the 15 beats of The King’s Speech, 12 Years a Slave, Silver Linings Playbook, Argo, and Gravity. […]
Our gratitude to Master Cat! Cory Milles for this transformative analysis. The movie How to Train Your Dragon is dedicated to the memory of Blake Snyder, and with good reason. The film has the Beat Sheet flowing through its veins. It’s a primary example of how a story can use structure to weave a theme […]
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