Screenplay structure

These plans for screenwriters help to structure Film and TV scripts. Screenwriters have traditionally been the planners of the writing world, and most Hollywood films display their act breaks and beats in the places that classic story structure requires. These plans will help you do the same with your story.

We have popular plans including Save the Cat© and Syd Field, but if there are others you’d like to see here please let us know and we’ll try to add them.

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Simple 3 Act Structure

A simple plan to define 3 Acts.

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timeproperty 15 min
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Save the Cat!® beat sheet

Blake Snyder’s hugely popular screenwriting method.

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timeproperty 45 min
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The Hero’s Journey

The famous mythic story structure model originated by Joseph Campbell and expanded by Christopher Vogler.

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timeproperty 60 min
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Index Card Plan (for screenplays)

A flexible plan for screenwriting, this plan is ideal if you like using index cards to plan your screenplay.

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timeproperty 30 min
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The Moral Premise for Screenplays

Stanley D. Williams’ method for planning a movie using a moral theme.

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timeproperty 20 min
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Syd Field ‘Paradigm’

Syd Field’s famous interpretation of Three Act Structure.

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timeproperty 45 min
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Michael Hauge’s Six Stage Plot Structure for Screenplays

This plan is based on Michael Hauge’s simple but effective story structure.

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timeproperty 60 min
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Pixar 'Once Upon a Time' Story Spine (for screenplays)

This plan is based on a simple Pixar storytelling method; it starts with ‘Once upon a time…’

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timeproperty 20 min
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