Before we explore why I changed the 5 Keystones to 6 Keystones, let’s discuss what a “setpiece” is and why the 4 major elements that constitute setpieces are critical for a page-turning story. With the studios asking for scripts that are comprised of setpieces or “tiny stories,” you are privy to what the hoopla is all about: 1) interesting intensions or desire, 2) interesting obstacles, 3) an internal obstacle and 4) atmospherics.
If you had gone to the Central Coast Writers Conference (CCWC), you’d hear gems like this all day. If you’re at the CCWC, you’re probably grinning from ear to ear with smug superiority right now. Also, if you made it out to Pismo Beach, be sure to check out my Master Classes on Saturday, October 1st, at 10:45am on movie structure (How to Survive Breaking Story) where I will cover setpieces and sequences. Once you’ve learned to how to structure your story, you’ll want to be at my 1:45pm class on creating dynamic characters (Creating Characters That Don’t Suck). Both classes will be in room 6301 in the Humanities Forum building.
The Writers Conference runs from September 30-October 1. Tickets are availale for purchase at: www.centralcoastwritersconference.com. See you there!