Something Startling Happens

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This clever book reveals the 120 minute-by-minute story genome that unites all successful films. It shows you - like no other book has before - what makes great movies tick.

Get the structural skinny on what made these and over 40 other movies successful: Star Wars, Forrest Gump, Being John Malkovich, The Godfather, Rashomon, Halloween, Jaws, Juno, Knocked Up, The Matrix, Pulp Fiction, and Spider-Man.

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Something Startling Happens: The 120 Story Beats Every Writer Needs to Know

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Overview

This clever book reveals the 120 minute-by-minute story genome that unites all successful films. It shows you - like no other book has before - what makes great movies tick.

Get the structural skinny on what made these and over 40 other movies successful: Star Wars, Forrest Gump, Being John Malkovich, The Godfather, Rashomon, Halloween, Jaws, Juno, Knocked Up, The Matrix, Pulp Fiction, and Spider-Man.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615930593
  • Publisher: Wiese, Michael Productions
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 645,659
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xii

The Story xiv

How To Use This Book xix

Five Things You Need To Know Before You Begin xxi

How To Break Down Movies On Your Own xxiii

Frequently Asked Questions xxiv

1 In DA Begining 1

Minute 1 Attension! 1

Minute 2 The Build 4

Minute 3 The Ratchet 6

Minute 4 Another Notch 8

Minute 5 Jaw Dropper 10

Minute 6 Friend Or Fist 14

Minute 7 Friend Or Fist 2 15

Minute 8 Something Startling Happens 17

Minute 9 The Pursuit 19

Minute 10 The Discussion 21

Exercise One 22

Minute 11 The Warning 23

Minute 12 Harsher Warning 24

Minute 13 The Submission 26

Minute 14 Danger Watch 27

Minute 15 Whew, That Was Close! 29

Minute 16 The Big Concern 30

Minute 17 World Upside Down 32

Minute 18 Trouble Turn 34

Minute 19 The Threat 37

Minute 20 Push Back 38

Exercise Two 39

2 Uppin' the Angst 39

Minute 21 The Great Affect 39

Minute 22 Truth Declared 40

Minute 23 Scary Stuff 41

Minute 24 Scary Stuff 2 43

Minute 25 Scary Stuff 3 45

Minute 26 The Big Unexpected 46

Minute 27 The Mini-Quest 48

Minute 28 Big Quest Prep 50

Minute 29 Big Quest Prep 2 51

Minute 30 The Need 52

Exercise Three 54

Minute 31 Distress Signal 55

Minute 32 Anxiety Amp 56

Minute 33 Ominous Oh No! 58

Minute 34 Friend Affect 60

Minute 35 Bait & Switch 61

Minute 36 Hide & Seek 63

Minute 37 Over His Head 64

Minute 38 Positive Reconnect 66

Minute 39 New Journey Bond 67

Minute 40 Ally's World 68

Exercise Four 71

3 The Hook of Revelations 71

Minute 41 Thorny Rose 71

Minute 42 Surprise Reveal 73

Minute 43 Surprise Reveal 2 74

Minute 44 New News 76

Minute 45 Out Of The Ordinary 78

Minute 46 The Revelation 79

Minute 47 The Escort 81

Minute 48 Needed Knowledge 82

Minute 49 Foreboding Fact 83

Minute 50 The Portent 85

Exercise Five 86

Minute 51 The Engage 87

Minute 52 Say Uncle 89

Minute 53 The Intimidation 90

Minute 54 The Lightbulb 92

Minute 55 Sideswipe 94

Minute 56 Dark Twist Chat 95

Minute 57 Difficult Words 97

Minute 58 Vital Event 98

Minute 59 The Deception 100

Minute 60 The Shocker 102

Exercise Six 103

4 Entering Death Valley 104

Minute 61 Plus Minus 104

Minute 62 Flirtin' With Disaster 105

Minute 63 Ally Attack 107

Minute 64 Bad Guy Threat 109

Minute 65 The Resistance 110

Minute 66 Positive Step 111

Minute 67 Hero Affect 112

Minute 68 Ally Aid 113

Minute 69 Captivating Concern 114

Minute 70 New Journey 116

Exercise Seven 117

Minute 71 Bad To The Bone 118

Minute 72 Badder To The Bone 119

Minute 73 Baddest To The Bone 120

Minute 74 Put Into Peril 121

Minute 75 Skull & Crossbones 123

Minute 76 The Grim Reaper 125

Minute 77 The Rumble 126

Minute 78 Mystery Mission 127

Minute 79 Mystery Mission 2 129

Minute 80 Tick Tick Boom 130

Exercise Eight 132

5 The Penultimatum 133

Minute 81 Surprised Hero 133

Minute 82 Surprise-Surprise 134

Minute 83 Gotta Go! 135

Minute 84 Gap Subtract 136

Minute 85 Bad Guy Boo-Boo 138

Minute 86 Worry Wound 139

Minute 87 Damage Done 140

Minute 88 Double Damage Done 141

Minute 89 Red Alert! 142

Minute 90 Rescuing Ally 143

Exercise Nine 145

Minute 91 Suffer The Weak 145

Minute 92 Hugs & Kisses 146

Minute 93 Hugs & Kisses 2 148

Minute 94 The Aggressor 149

Minute 96 Death & Dying 151

Minute 97 Taping The Knuckles 152

Minute 98 Kiss Or Spit 153

Minute 99 Kiss Or Spit 2 155

Minute 100 Kiss Or Spit 3 156

Exercise Ten 157

6 Extentin' the Endin' 158

Minute 101 Deeper Deeper 158

Minute 102 The Blow-Up 159

Minute 103 The Blow 160

Minute 104 The Upper Hand 161

Minute 105 The Deceit 162

Minute 106 The Dodge 164

Minute 107 Good Does Bad 165

Minute 108 Sense Of Finality 166

Minute 109 The Extraordinary 167

Minute 110 Strong Statement 168

Exercise Eleven 169

Minute 111 Turn For The Worse 169

Minute 112 Charging Shark 170

Minute 113 The Cage Slam 171

Minute 114 Gets The Better 172

Minute 115 Bleak Meek 173

Minute 116 Kick 'Em While They're Down 174

Minute 117 Reprieve 175

Minute 118 Hope Might Be Lost 176

Minute 119 One Bullet Left 177

Minute 120 Powder Keg 178

Exercise Twelve 179

That's A Wrap 180

Exercise Answers 181

Glossary 185

Filmography 198

About The Author 200

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    WOW. great book!!!

    i have many good screenwriting books. now it all makes sense. i bought 5 to give to friends in screenwriting workshops. timo 52240

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