How To Create A 12 Sequence Screenplay Outline and Why It Works
by Gary Goldstein
Film Courage: Can you take us through your outlining process?
Gary Goldstein: Sure. Generally I’ll start with the premise line. I’ll write out a premise line, like the foundation of the script. A couple of sentences that begin from start to finish. Then I’ll expand that into (I don’t know) two, three, four pages and sort of write it in sections. So basically (if it’s movie), I’ll divide it into three acts but they are more in quarters. So it’s like the equivalent of quarter, quarter, quarter, quarter, which takes me through the 4 quarters or three acts of the movie. One of the things that happens (for me) when I start writing an outline (Watch the video on Youtube here).
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Gary Goldstein is an award winning writer for film, TV and the stage. He has written numerous films for Hallmark Channel and its sister network, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, including the comedies “The Wish List,” “Hitched for the Holidays,” “This Magic Moment” and “My Boyfriends’ Dogs,” and the first two films in the “Flower Shop Mystery” series: “Mum’s the Word” and “Snipped in the Bud,” starring Brooke Shields.
Gary’s feature film “Politics of Love,” a romantic comedy set during the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, was released in theaters August 2011. He also wrote the feature romantic comedy, “If You Only Knew,” which starred Johnathon Schaech, Alison Eastwood and James LeGros.
In addition, Gary has sold or optioned a number of original screenplays, has a string of episodic TV credits and has sold half-hour comedy pilots to both NBC and Warner Bros Television.
On the L.A. stage, Gary has been represented with the comedies “Just Men,” “Parental Discretion” and “Three Grooms and a Bride.” His family drama “Curtain Call” premiered in late 2008 at Carmel, CA’s Pacific Repertory Theatre. His newest play, the three-sisters dramedy “April, May & June,” will have its World Premiere in March 2017 at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills, as part of its 2016-17 subscription season.
Gary is also a freelance film reviewer and feature writer for the Los Angeles Times.
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