How To Plan Out A Screenplay With Cause And Effect - Naomi Beaty

Film Courage: What are Springboards and Sequences?

Naomi Beaty, Writer, Screenwriting Teacher and Consultant: I did not invent Springboards and Sequences and unfortunately I can’t remember where I picked this up but I think it’s a really useful thing when you’re trying to figure Act 2 because it allows you to break your story down into smaller chunks. Sequences a lot of people have heard of. You can think of your movie as eight sequences. Two sequences in Act 1, four sequences in Act 2, two sequences in Act 3. That is sort of the division of sequences across your three-act structure. It’s pretty common to look at movies in sort of that sequence structure.

The Springboard is the real bonus of this exercise that I help writers with which is coming up with that…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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