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Welcome to ScreenWriting Science: The Key to Understanding Screenplay Sequence-Scene Structure


ScreenWriting Science is pleased to announce the publication of a paper in the Journal of Screenwriting (Vol 3, Issue 2, pp 215-238: published February, 2012):

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Development of a fundamental '19-Sequence Model' of screenplay and narrative film structure

Melvyn P. Heyes, Ph.D., LGSW.

Abstract

To understand the utility and value of sequences in the construction of screenplay narratives and the emotional experiences of audiences, I developed and utilized composite definitions of ‘sequence’ and ‘scene’ to quantify the sequence content of 132 feature-length Hollywood-style and independent films made between 1941 and 2010 that were produced in the United States, Great Britain, Russia, Germany and Japan. The 3-Act Model was used as familiar reference points. I also contrasted the results to Frank Daniels’ 8-Sequence Model as described by Gulino. I argue the results directly support a fundamental 19-Sequence Model of screenplay and film narrative structure. I propose that sequences expand vicarious and empathic emotional experiences of audiences into ‘contextual emotional meaning’, where significant autonomous emotions are generated that create the enjoyable and satisfying experience of what the story means to both the characters and viewer.


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Latest Screenplay Sequence-Scene Structure Additions:

Crash..... Breakfast at Tiffany's.....Taken..... The Maltese Falcon..... The Constant Gardner..... Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind..... Fail Safe..... The Conversation..... Garden State..... Aguirre, The Wrath of God..... Green Zone..... It's A Wonderful Life..... Hitch..... Chinatown..... Pirates of the Caribbean - Curse of the Black Pearl..... The Hurt Locker..... Touch of Evil..... Kiss Me Deadly..... The Guns of Navarone..... Jurassic Park..... Body Heat..... Basic Instinct..... The Station Agent..... The Flight of the Phoenix...

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Stand By Me Screenplay Structure

Stand By Me

An ideal Coming-of-Age model . Principle emotional events occur in Acts I and II, with a short Act III that quickly resolves the subsequent relationship of the four boys. Compare with Breaking Away .

Citizen Kane Screenplay Structure

Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane is a lesson in Flashback structure and how to organize a biography. Follow Kane: 'Rosebud' simply serves 'Bookend' and McGuffan purposes.

A Few Good Men Screenplay Structure

A Few Good Men

The Screenplay Structure is organized around Kaffee's experiences. Other than the flashback of Colonel Jessep's order of the 'Code Red', essentially everything is from Kaffee's perspective.


Day of the Jackal Screenplay Structure

The Day of the Jackal

The Structure resonates between the Jackal's progress to taking the explosive bullet shot at de Gaule and Inspector Lebec's pursuit of the Jackal. Each Scene make a point - then moves on.

Ronin Screenplay Movie

Ronin

Plot events keep the action focused on pursuit by having the suitcase change hands repeatedly. The plot twist is why Sam is involved in the first place.....

The Caine Mutiny Screenplay Structure

Trainspotting

Each Sequence takes us through specific stages in Mark Renton's journey from addiction to sobriety and creates an Act III that gives the critical climax accomplishment.

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ScreenWriting Science is a new center for active screenwriters, film production companies, story-tellers and students of the art and science of creative writing for movies and television. Here you can purchase detailed analysis of the Sequence-Scene structure and story events of contemporary and classic movies and screenplays.

Through an extensive analysis of films and screenplays from a broad spectrum of plot types and genres, ScreenWriting Science has identified the fundamental Scene-Sequence structure of successful feature films. It is this structure plus the story events and plot points that is captured in the Screenplay Sequence-Scene Structure Summaries. While the Sequence-Scene structure includes the standard Three-Act Structure organization, the Sequence-Scene Summaries capture the real way screenwriters organize the plot into manageable story units. These 8-23 page PDF documents will show you exactly how each screenplay uses the Scene and Sequence organization to present specific plot points to advance the story and create the script's emotional impact. You can use the Screenplay Summaries as Templates and Event Road Maps to guide and model your own writing, or simply enjoy reading to appreciate the construction of the story. So, choose movies that are similar to the one you are interested in using as a model in your own writing. You can also look at screenplays that cover your sub-plot, or utilize techniques such as flashbacks and foreshadowing. The Screenplay Summaries immediately present an easily understood detailed model of the event milestones, key plot point types, pacing, location changes, and the positioning of respite and exposition scenes of the story. The Scene and Sequence structure gives you the template to write the dialogue, action and location descriptions.

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ter purchasing the Screenplay Sequence-Scene Structure Analysis though our secure payment PayPal-linked system, you will immediately be able to download the Summary directly to your computer. The download link is located in the invoice that will appear both on this site after your purchase and in an e-mail sent to your registration address. Just click on 'Alphabetical Listing' for a full list and a brief description of the utility of each Screenplay Summary, or search the sub-directories if you know what you are looking for. Discounts are awarded for purchases of multiple Summaries. Please note that new Screenplay Summaries are added regularly - so check back often.

Please feel free to write to Screenwriting Science at mail@screenwritingscience.com or through this website! I welcome your feedback. Thank you for visiting ScreenWriting Science!


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Billy Elliot Screenplay Sequence-Scene Structure
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Billy Elliot Screenplay Sequence-Scene Structure

Billy Elliot is a lesson in how to superimpose a primary conflict (Billy's determination to participate in ballet against his family's and society's prejudice) in the context of a broader conflict (miner's...

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Breaking Away Screenplay Sequence-Scene Structure
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Breaking Away Screenplay Sequence-Scene Structure

Breaking Away has an ideal structure for a 'coming-of-age' screenplay. Comes with a free PDF download of 'Bambino' a early draft version of the script (8/12/78: NOT the final shooting script).

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Coyote Ugly Screenplay Sequence-Scene Structure
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Coyote Ugly Screenplay Sequence-Scene Structure

The Screenplay Summary sets out this classic storyline: Small-town girl (Violet) goes to the big city (Manhattan) and overcome internal conflicts (stage-fright and father's estrangement) to find love, success and fame (as a singer-song writer). <...

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Juno Screenplay Sequence-Scene Structure
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Juno Screenplay Sequence-Scene Structure

Juno makes an ideal starting point for the structure of most coming-of-age story narratives. Includes a free PDF download of an undated screenplay.


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Usual Suspects Screenplay Sequence-Scene Structure
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This screenplay is a lesson on how to make an entire movie be foreshadowing for the final one minute of the film. One of the best endings ever written.

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When Harry Met Sally...   Screenplay Sequence-Scene Structure
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When Harry Met Sally... Screenplay Sequence-Scene Structure

Built on the question of whether men and women can, 'Just be friends', this script forms a prototype romantic comedy of, 'Boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back'. The pacing, plot point timing and reversals are ideally placed.

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Double Indemnity Screenplay Sequence-Scene Structure
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Double Indemnity Screenplay Sequence-Scene Structure

Use the Screenplay Summary to see how 'Double Indemnity' establishes the classic femme fatale-betrayal structure of a film noir. It is a lesson on the use of a voice-over narrative and making the flashback structure fit into the story conclusion....

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Legally Blonde Screenplay Sequence-Scene Structure
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A unique character is placed into a fish-out-of-water scenario - and prevails.

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Memento Screenplay Sequence-Scene Structure
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Probably the best utility of flashback ever made.

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Knocked Up Screenplay Sequence-Scene Structure
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A well thought out plot with well positioned sub-plots. The diffuse Scene topics are clearly groups by the Sequence structure. The published screenplay is also available.

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Hard Country by Felix Blake
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Hard Country by Felix Blake is a brief synopsis of day by day experiences of a new and upcoming Jamaican author.

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