Do Screenwriting Beat Sheets Work? by Jill Chamberlain

Film Courage: Do beat sheets work?

Jill Chamberlain, Script Consultant/Author/Writer:  I think having an outline is an excellent idea. I do know writers who don’t need them. I think they need something and these are going to be…I speak of writers who I have worked with so they tend to already be devotees of using The Nutshell Technique. And that might be all they do. They won’t do each sheet, they’ll just do The Nutshell Technique form. And as long as they are true to that they’ll have it and it’s nice and solid and maybe they will work with me one-on-one and make sure their Nutshell is solid…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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