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I've written screenplays, and outlines, synopsis, and treatment for screenplays. The question I have is what does the beat sheet do in this process?
For me, It's a way to review my 120 page idea in about 25-35 pages. Which simplifies major and minor changes before ending up with a shelf warmer that will likely never get rewritten.
April 7, 2015 at 8:10PM
Isn't a beat sheet basically the outline of the story?
April 9, 2015 at 11:21AM
I find beat sheets to be enormously helpful in establishing the moment to moment action in advance of writing the full screenplay.
I always write the treatment after the screenplay because it is usually intended as a pitch doc. Though - it is helpful to write that in advance of the full script as well to better formulate your story arch.
A beat sheet might look like this:
Establish location with quick montage of different parts of the building.
Intro main character in front of machine.
Flashback: We learn how main character gets the job.
Main character turns the machine on and starts working. Hand reaches in and shuts down machine.
A police officer is revealed.
Hard cut to interrogation room. Dialogue scene where we find out crime commited by main character.
Anyway, you get the idea. I find beat sheets very helpful for figuring out the moment to moment flow of the story. No one other then the writer usually sees this doc.
April 10, 2015 at 1:07PM
You can always tell a script that had no beat sheet. And that is a not a compliment to the script that had no beat sheet. I know very few writers who can create a well structured screenplay without one.
November 24, 2015 at 2:14AM