Typing Faster

November 19, 2009

Beat Sheets

Filed under: Craft, Resources — petertypingfaster @ 8:37 am

Beat sheets are a pain in the ass. They’re neither fish nor fowl, everyone has their own particular way of writing them, and anyone who’s not a writer has a really hard time reading them (just try getting useful notes on a beat sheet from a non-writer…I dare you).

That being said, beat sheets are one of the most important tools any writer can use. They are your road map. Writing without a solid beat sheet is just asking for trouble.

How do you learn to write a beat sheet? Well, like screenwriting itself, the best way is to go out and read some beat sheets, then break down some movies yourself. Unfortunately finding beat sheets has always been difficult.

Not anymore.

Welcome to Beat Sheet Central, a collection of beat sheets and breakdowns from recent (and not so recent) films and television series.

Last I checked they had 30+ beat sheets in the archives, and promises of more to come.

A big H/T to Scott where I saw it first.



  1. Thanks for the shoutout! more content has gone up, a run on James Cameron!

    Nicholas Jarecki http://www.beatsheetcentral.com

    Comment by Nicholas Jarecki — December 16, 2009 @ 1:33 pm

  2. Interesting link, thanks. I heard about Beat Sheets from Script Frenzy, which linked to Blake Snyder’s book ‘Save the Cat’ and some other web content that has gone up relating to it.

    Blake was talking about the same overall beats being present in every feature film. Here, you seem to have a more ‘take it as it comes’ approach – just how do you determine where one ‘beat’ (scene) ends and the next begins, though?

    Comment by kelworthfiles — July 24, 2010 @ 7:38 am

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