Tips for Creating
What do The Graduate, The Shawshank Redemption, and It’s a Wonderful Life have in common? Aren't their stories, characters, and images forever imprinted on your mind? Can you immediately recall how you felt when watching them? Telling a good story is one thing, but how does one even begin to create an unforgettable film?
Beating Hollywood examines, piece by piece, how writers, directors, and producers put together extraordinary movies by breaking down 40 classics by their narrative beats, plot points, and movements to uncover how the magic was made.
What You Will Find in Beating Hollywood
More than simply a look at what others have done, this book also serves as a comprehensive guide to how you, too, can craft a memorable script. From Beating Hollywood's 150 invaluable tips, you’ll learn how to:
- Master the fundamentals
- Create unforgettable characters, dialogue, and scenes
- Build solid story structure
- Plot a course
- Break your story into the essential eight chapters
- Develop a unique voice
- Think like a businessperson, not an artist
Beating Hollywood also breaks down 40 classic movies, from Casablanca to The Godfather to Star Wars, to reveal how they made their mark on cinema history—and indelibly captivated the hearts and minds of audiences.
An invaluable resource for anyone determined to put in the time and effort, Beating Hollywood hands you the key ingredients to creating your own batch of movie magic.
40 Movies are Analyzed in Beating Hollywood
Movements, Narrative Beats, Plot Points, and Chapters; Steve has left no stone unturned!
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The French Connection
The Godfather: Part II
It's a Wonderful Life
Lawrence of Arabia
North by Northwest
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Shawshank Redemption
The Silence of the Lambs
Singin' in the Rain
Some Like it Hot
Thelma and Louise
What's Up, Doc?
The Wizard of Oz