Blake Snyder’s beatsheet is my new blog feature. I’ll try to have posts like this every two weeks or so, Name of movie or book in 15 Beats, and I hope this helps you too.
Two things to keep in mind: I watch most of these with my kid and that means most of the movies will be kids’ movies and I’m not paying 100% attention to the movie. Second, I’m sorta new to the method and still struggle with the Theme, the All is Lost and Dark Night of the Soul beats. In case you have better suggestions, please do so on the comments. We can discuss the points and, if I end up agreeing with you, I’ll change my beats. Deal?
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas in 15 Beats
1. Opening Image: Eris causing some chaos around the world.
2. Theme Stated (4.5%): About trust and friendship. I think something Eris says to Sinbad about he being as bad as she and that he cannot change affects this.
3. Set-Up (1-9%): Sinbad steals the book from Proteus. Quick talk about childhood together. Boat attacked by sea monster.
4. Catalyst (10%): Eris makes a deal with Sinbad.
5. Debate (10-22.5%): Does he accepts Eris deal? Does he steal the book?
6. Break Into Two (22.5%): In Syracuse, Eris frames Sinbad and Proteus stays on his place while Sinbad has to go find the book.
7. B Story (27%): Sinbad and Marina.
8. Fun and Games (27-50%): Sinbad and Marina arguments while on adventures: sirens and an island that’s actually a huge fish.
9. Midpoint (50%): Proteus chooses not to escape, placing all his trust on Sinbad.
10. Bad Guys Close In (50-68%): Eris sends a giant hawk. Sinbad saves Marina from it. Arriving on Tartarus.
11. All Is Lost (68%): Eris makes him a question. He loses the book.
12. Dark Night of the Soul (68-77%): Sinbad is without the book, without the girl, betrayed Proteus. He’s way worse than he started.
13. Break Into Three (77%): Despite everything, Sinbad goes back to Syracuse.
14: Finale (77-100%): Sinbad saves Proteus and is about to be killed. But then Eris comes and returns the book (he didn’t lose the question after all).
15. Final Image (100%): Sinbad, Marina and crew sailing away from Syracuse.
*Note that the percentages are approximate.