Craig Mazin is well known for his vocal umbrage when it comes to screenwriting books. Our latest post takes a look at how to bullet proof your Act 1 by following Jeffrey Allan Schechter's 12 Key Plot Points In Act 1. We've broken down the first act of Craig Mazin's Identity Thief by way of example, and sure enough it follows the beats to a tee. What do you think -- is Craig right to hate on books when his scripts follow most of the conventions perfectly and these books help some screenwriters? Or are they just a waste of time and you'd be better off analyzing a movie and reading a screenplay? And what's your theory on how Identity Thief follows Jeffrey's formula when Craig's obviously not following the book? You can check out the post here: http://www.scriptreaderpro.com/act-1-of-your-screenplay/ Thanks guys!