One of the greatest tools for learning the craft of screenwriting is writing Story Maps of your favorite films. When I was working as a professional Reader back in the day I wrote coverage on the original spec script of The Sixth Sense the night before it was to sell for over $3 million in a bidding war. Although I wrote an analysis of the script, it would be years before I truly understood why the “big ending” works so well in terms of the overall narrative structure.
The famous surprise ending of The Sixth Sense is oft-misinterpreted as a trick ending that M. Night Shyamalan threw in merely for shock value.
The truth is that it fulfills Malcolm Crowe’s Internal Goal as part of a triple climax that resolves all of the major lines of action.
Here’s my thoughts on video as I drive to the Inktip Pitch Summit at the Universal Hilton…
I encourage you to write Story Maps for your favorite films to unlock the structure and craftsmanship that makes them work so well.
You can learn more about my method and get my help to craft your own Story Map by purchasing the Story Maps E-Book Consultation (limited-time discount offer).
Good luck and happy writing!
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