Star Wars Story Structure

A friend’s mom, who owns a flower company, needed extra drivers today because of their Mother’s Day weekend rush. I can drive, and I needed the money, so I sped around town all day bringing joy to mother’s everywhere via expensive dying plants.  Now that I’m home, all I want to do is catch up on Justified and go to bed.

I’m trying to write something everyday, whether that be my spec, novel, or a blog post. My brain doesn’t want to be creative, so I’m going to share something amazing.

Today, PART 2 of The Star Wars Beat Sheet was posted over at Save the Cat! and is a must read for anyone interested in Star Wars, screenwriting, or storytelling in general. Inside, Tom Reed gives a very perceptive breakdown of Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope which sheds a unique insight into the backbone of the movie that started it all.

“Break into Two” can just as easily be called “Choose Act Two,” and Luke does not choose to move forward until after he returns to Ben at minute 42:00.  This may seem late — 12 to 15 pages too late according to conventional thinking.  However, it’s important to remember that Luke’s story doesn’t begin until minute 17:00, and the script interval between 17:00 and 42:00 is exactly 25 pages;  the perfect length for Act I.]

Read PART 1 and PART 2 and follow Save the Cat! for even more great breakdowns, interviews, and articles.

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