5 Beat story structure

Welcome back to another blog! This time I will be giving you the ideas of how to use the 5 beat structure, which a lot of scripts will need as part of their treatment to go along with drafts of scripts. Hopefully this will help you to figure out how to use it for your own ideas.


The first step that you need to do is through your story find the FIVE most important actions that happen. This would basically be also using your outline for your story and squeezing it down to just five points of what happens. Once you’ve done that, then you can see where to go to next from there.


This may seem a little odd at first, but sometimes the order we do the action can actually be moved round. Your last point might actually go better at the start. Mix the order round and see what happens.


This is one from a project of mine to get what else you can do:

  1. 3 months later Hannah writes a blog of what happened to the friends and how she
    wished they hadn’t separated when she gets a message from Sammy to meet at the
    usual place, so Hannah replies she can make it and leaves hurriedly
  2.  Hannah, Sammy, Dan and Kev walk out to Cardiff Bay, their usual meeting spot for
    their last meeting
  3. Hannah asks what they want to do, so Kev suggests they make a one-off vlog to
    remember all the good times
  4. Kev records the vlog on his camera, getting them to tell him funny memories and one
    thing they will always treasure
  5. Sammy gets the call she has to go home to pack for University, so the rest of the
    group follow suit once they have a picture of them all taken


I hope this helps and feel free to ask any questions you may have, whether it’s about the five beat structure or if you want to know more about the term ‘Treatment’ for a project. I wish you luck with your creative endeavours.


Abbie Allen


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