How Can Someone Who Doesn’t Outline Be Good At Structure? – Jim Agnew

Film Courage: Why don’t you outline screenplays?

Jim Agnew, Screenwriter: I described before what I like to do. I like to just do all the beats, I like to write the first act, have the second act turn and the ending because I found that if you are sometimes too methodical about figuring it all out up front you can’t discover certain things. You’ll find things that are happening along the way that are like surprises even to you and sometimes that stuff becomes even better. You’re like Oh I didn’t think about that? But how do I get these guys from the end of act one to the second act turn? And you just discover it. I know some people that like to do a complete beat sheet. You have to do that when you’re hired to write things. You have to give them a…you can’t do that. But for a spec purpose or writing a script you can have your own process. It feels a little stale sometimes when you have everything beated out and you’re like okay because that two weeks you’re writing out the beat sheet you might get…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).







Jim Agnew is a director, writer and producer, known for The Capture (2017), Rage (2014) and Game of Death (2011). A former contributor/writer to Film Threat who played guitar for the Industrial Rock group Hate Dept. Jim has worked with such directors as Dario Argento and John Carpenter as well as Oscar-winning actors, producers and writers.


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