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ProFamilyFilms
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:42 pm    Post subject: Storming the Castle without Actually Storming the Castle? Reply with quote #50269

What films properly follow STC's Five point finale of storming the castle without actually having the hero storm an actual castle, lair, building, or physical place?

In other words, what are good examples of this where the villain is an emotion, a life lesson, or etc., where the hero doesn't face a literal "bad guy" while still following this five point finale structure of gathering the team, executing the plan, the hightower surprise, dig deep down, and the execution of the new plan?


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RobbRoss
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #50277

These beats are found in just about every good movie/script. (Blake didn't create the beats, he recognized them, explained them, and gave them evocative names.) Think of Act III as a mini movie so it has to have its own setup and turns.

Two of my own breakdowns apply:

http://savethecat.informe.com/viewtopic.php?t=6176
http://savethecat.informe.com/viewtopic.php?t=6179

Then check others in the What Is It section and check the other side of this site for more beat sheets- http://www.savethecat.com/beat-sheets-alpha.


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ProFamilyFilms
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote #50278

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These beats are found in just about every good movie/script. (Blake didn't create the beats, he recognized them, explained them, and gave them evocative names.) Think of Act III as a mini movie so it has to have its own setup and turns.


I agree they are found in just about every good script. My question was more focused on looking for examples that don't have a physical bad guy with a physical lair or castle, that still strongly feature this structure.

Ok, going to go look at yours now! Thank you,


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dawilliam
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #50285

To make it easy, I've broken down the 5 step finale below. It basically breaks the Finale Beat 14, into 5 steps, in between the Break into 3 and Closing image beats.

13. Break into 3 (85):

14 - 1. Gathering the Team (85-110):

14 - 2. Storming the Castle (85-110):

14 - 3. High Tower Surprise (85-110):

14 - 4. Dig Deep Down (85-110):

14 - 5. Executing the New Plan (85-110):

15. Final Image (110):

The end of Star Wars: A New Hope is a classic example....


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