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January 4th, 2013
Don’t try to put plot points on specific page numbers, says screenwriting guru Robert McKee.
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Yes, it would seem like common sense but Save The Cat by Blake Snyder, which I think McKee is referring to, says the opposite. As a reader, I would say the best scripts observe form but don’t stick to rigid the rigid formula proposed in STC.
You don’t say?!
The idea is not to give specific page numbers for something happening but rather a goal of screen time for plot points to occur, given the typical running time of 90-120 minutes. To be so rigid in crafting a story is a real hindrance.
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