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June 24, 2022

Screenplay Structure Templates

Whenever you begin your journey into screenwriting you’ll be faced with a vast variety of storytelling structures that are all considered “the best”. Obviously that can’t be true. The truth is that storytelling structures are a means to an end to help us reach our story’s narrative potential. However, different writers respond to different structures. Finding a structure that resonates with you could be what's needed to bring your script to the next level.

Save the Cat: Blake Snyder

Difficulty Level: Easy

Use Case: If you’re just starting out, writing a screenplay while using Save the Cat can help you grasp the basics and churn out a story that has a strong backbone.

The Hero With a Thousand Faces - Joseph Campbell

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Use Case: It is hard to write a story that sticks fully by this structure, but if you’re a writer who loves Save the Cat this may be a logical next step that gets into the finer details of how story works.

The Story Circle - Dan Harmon

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Use Case: Harmon’s goal was ostensibly to make a structure that anyone can use. I think it requires some base level knowledge of storytelling structure first, but it’s fantastic once the suitable foundations have been laid.

22 Building Blocks - John Truby

Difficulty Level: Medium

Use Case: Truby’s method is best paired with another structure, especially for beginners. If you’re more experienced the 22 Steps could prove very useful.

Syd Field’s Paradigm

Difficulty Level: Hard

Use Case: If you’re an experienced writer and have a strong grasp of the fundamentals, Field’s Paradigm may suit as a guiding light.

Roadmap of Change - John Yorke

Difficulty Level: Hard

Use Case: Yorke’s structure works best for a confident writer who knows how to structure a plot and is more interested in figuring out how to write character arcs across a story.

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