The idea of a beat (bit) breaks the play into a structure and breaks a scene into specific, intimate units of action where focus changes.
Focus: When the objective of the actors changes, when someone/something important (no offence, but not every character is important at all times!) leaves or enters the environment.
Now draw a line between focus changes
Am I done? NOPE!
A beat NEEDS to have a strong physical action with the beginning of the focus change (blocking).
1) Speak then move
2) Speak and move
3) Move then Speak*
A beat has to have it’s fillings (you put in the top bun and bottom bun, now we need the meat, lettuce, tomato, and condiments)! This is called a score – What the beat is about.
Motivation: Why your character wants what s/he wants
Obstacle: What is in the way (more important than you think)
ACTION: How you overcome your obstacle to succeed at your objective.
So the beat is a hamburger?
It’s a focus change with a strong physical action and a score, describing what’s going on.
Focus change + Strong physical action + Score describing what’s going on = Beat
Okay, I think I get it now what?
Write it down!
J (Objective): 3 words or less
M (Motivation): 5 words or less
S (Obstacle): 3 words or less
A (Action): 2 words (to _____)
Can you show me?