Storytelling…[is] knowing your punchline, your ending, knowing that everything you’re saying, from the first sentence to the last, is leading to a singular goal, and ideally confirming some truth that deepens our understandings of who we are as human beings. We all love stories. We’re born for them. Stories affirm who we are. We all want affirmations that our lives have meaning. And nothing does a greater affirmation than when we connect through stories. It can cross the barriers of time, past, present and future, and allow us to experience the similarities between ourselves and through others, real and imagined.
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(“Follow this 10-Step Screenwriter’s Outline and you will have an excellent Script within 2-Months.”)

STEP 1 (TITLE: 1-Hour): Type the Title in 1-3 words.

STEP 2 (THEME: 1-Hour): Type the Theme of the movie in 5-8 words.

STEP 3 (PITCH: 1-Hour): Type the Pitch or Logline, stating Good Guy, Bad Guy, Setting, Situation & Conflict in 15-25 words.

STEP 4 (TREATMENT: 1-Day): Type the Treatment in 3 pages stating Act I (Beginning, Page 1), Act II (Middle, Page 2) and Act III (End, Page 3)

STEP 4A (ACT I: 1-Hour): Within 3-4 lines clearly state the 5Ws & H (Who, What, Where, When, Why & How)

STEP 4B (ACT III: 1-Hour): Within 1-2 paragraphs describe the ending (Cut-To-The-Chase, Twist, Surprise, Culmination, Resolution, Epilogue)

STEP 4C (ACT II: 3-Hours): Outline 11 Scenes, the Structure of your story (5 Uh-Ohs, 5 Oh-Shots & 1 OMG).

STEP 5 (BEAT SHEET: 2-Days): Diagram your 40-50 Scenes (11-14 for ACT I), (8-10 for ACT III) and (25-30 for ACT II)

STEP 6 (1st DRAFT: 3-Weeks): Get either Celtx or Final Draft software and type 90-120 pages (see below, 6A, B & C) one scene at-a-time.

STEP 6A (SCENE I, Week #1): Type 17-26 Pages: Scene #1 (1-2 Pages, Monday), Scene #2 (1-2 Pages, Tuesday), Scene #3 (1-2 Pages, Wednesday), Scene #4 (1-2 Pages, Thursday), Scenes #5-8 (6-8 Pages, Friday), Scenes #9-14 (6-10 Pages, Saturday)1

6B (SCENE III, Week #2): Type 8-20 Pages: the 8-10 Scenes for ACT III at 1-2 pages each.

STEP 6C (SCENE II, WEEK #3): Type 65-75 Pages: the Big Middle (aka: The Story), the 25-30 scenes that comprise the 5 Uh-Ohs & 5 Oh-Shits.

STEP 7 (COVERAGE: 3-Days): Send this Script out for Independent Script Coverage ($75-$95) from three independent readers.

STEP 8 (2nd Draft: 2-Weeks): Nothing is Written… It’s Re-Written. According to Script Coverage recommendations while focusing on Dialogue, Dialogue & Dialogue do your Re-Write

STEP 9 (CYA: 2-Hours): Cover Your Ass. Register ( and Copyright ( your script.

STEP 10 (SELL): Get either an Agent, a Manager or an Entertainment Attorney and send your script to Production Companies with Development Deals with Studios & Networks and prepare for “pitch meetings” and “deal making negotiations”.

Happy Filmmaking,

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