Category Archives: Screenwriting

Vertigo: 3-act structure

  This post is part of the Background to the series Learning from Alfred Hitchcock — for writers, movie makers, and viewers I think that Vertigo exemplifies all three of the kinds of structures I’ll eventually be discussing in this … Continue reading

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3-act Structure — Star Wars (original)

This post is part of the Background to the series Learning from Alfred Hitchcock — for writers, movie makers, and viewers Don’t blame me. The screenwriting books ruined everything. It’s almost impossible now to sell your script to Hollywood without … Continue reading

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Introduction to Longitudinal Structure

This post is part of the Background to the series Learning from Alfred Hitchcock — for writers, movie makers, and viewers Alfred Hitchcock directing Kim Novak in Vertigo Movies can have several different kinds of structures at once. This may … Continue reading

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Degas, Rembrandt, and Sargent

This post continues my Story Structure series. Self-Portrait (1850s) by Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas A Woman Seated Beside a Vase of Flowers (Madame Paul Valpinçon?) (1865) by Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas

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John Ruskin, Giotto, and William Henry Fox Talbot

This post continues my Story Structure series. Scenes from the Life of Christ: 10. Entry into Jerusalem (1304-6) by Giotto (Click pictures to enlarge) For those readers who are puzzled why I’ve posted so many entries about old art but … Continue reading

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Jan van Eyck — The Arnolfini Wedding

This post continues my Story Structure series. The Arnolfini Wedding (1434) by Jan van Eyck The Arnolfini Wedding (Detail) (1434) by Jan van Eyck The Arnolfini Wedding (Detail) (1434) by Jan van Eyck The Dead Christ (c. 1490) by Andrea … Continue reading

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Sassetta (approximately)

This post continues my Story Structure series. What does it mean to tell a story? I think one of the valid reasons that people often stress 3-act structure in screenplays is that it’s one way of making sure that we … Continue reading

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