#17 Screenwriter: The Memory Guide

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When I’m writing the screenplay, I become totally engrossed in the project and loose all sense of time, I do the same thing when I’m writing a song, I become totally absorbed in what I’m doing and won’t be distracted by anything or anyone. Because I write first and sort it all out later, but I tend to forget where I’m at in the plot points, but the following simple little guide keeps me focused on what needs to happen next, I found this in another writers blog, so I make no claim to this useful tool.

Sometimes it’s easier to think of your story in bigger moments and then work
your way down into the nitty-gritty. The following guide is an alternate way of looking at your story.

The Guide is a series of 12 sequential sections of your story, each with it’s own memorable title. These titles are actually defining statements that represent what the
general tone of your script should be as your story unfolds.

For example, the first is titled I Don’t Get No Respect. Between pages 1-6 of most screenplays, and the main character is almost never shown any respect, so by the end of Plot Point 3 we should have seen that your main character is disrespected.

Shrek is being hunted by the townspeople who hate ogres. SHREK

Elliot is ignored and disrespected by his brother and his brother’s friends. E.T.

Peter Parker is a slight, nerdy high school kid. SPIDER-MAN

 

Approx Pages              Memory Guide
1 – – –  6..……………. Donʼt Get No Respect
6 – – – 12.……………  You Know What Your Trouble Is?
12 – – 17.……………. Calls And Busy Signals
17 – – 28.……………. Through The Looking Glass
28 – – 35.……………. Kick The Dog
35 – – 45.……………. Which Way Is Up?
45 – – 55.……………..When Life Gives You Lemons…
55 – – 65 ………………Make Lemonade
65 – – 75 …………….. Inside The Whale
75 – – 85.…………….. Death & Rebirth
85 – – 95.……………. What’s The Worst That Can Happen?
95 – -105.…………… Good Guy Vs. Bad Guy Over Stakes

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