The details, in this case, is the first 15 beats.
Children’s book should not be more than 32 pages. In my case, I will be using both the left page and right page for one illustration. With 15 beats, that is 30 pages. 28 pages is good. This will be tight, leaving the two pages for everything else that needs to be in the book (i.e., copyright statement, publishing information, title page, etc.). I decided that this will be okay…what else are the inside covers and back for?
To get a handle on the beats, I wrote them down in a format I found useful. One that combine the title and purpose. I included additional information found in Save the Cat!, as well as information I need to convey to the illustrator, since it is a children’s book. Here is my Page One:
Opening Image Beat: Its tone, it mood, the type and scope of the film.
Scene: Cheetah running across the Serengeti in the early morning light, away from poachers.
Ext: dawn, on the Serengeti, early spring – beginning of the dry season (March)
Pounding, fur-padded paws
Breaking to the left,
Then to the right,
Run, cheetah, run,
Morning silence, snatched away,
By a piercing bullet spray,
Hot shells, dry grass.
Run, cheetah, run.
Left Page – shower of hot casing shells falling on the dry grass, just beyond the hunters, and smoke starts to rise. Two trucks are in the background, and if possible, distinct tire tracks.
Right Page – the cheetah running off the page – forcing the reader to turn to the next page.
With the 15 beats complete, I am in the process of expanding it out to the 40 beats. Stay tuned…