How to Find Your Script Beats

by Peter D. Marshall

After you have thoroughly researched the script, broken down the scenes and analyzed the characters, it’s time to divide the scene into smaller sections called beats. (At the very least, you should identify at least three major beats in any scene – the beginning, the middle and the end.)

Script Beats are moments in the script when the story suddenly changes direction and they are often punctuated by some physical movement or shift in dialogue.

By looking at a scene as a series of smaller units, a director can begin to focus on the details of the scene and use these script beats to start developing a rough blocking plan.

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