- Screenplay Structure Summaries
Screenplay Structure Summaries
Excellent story structure for a screenplay about the development of respect and friendship. The Prologue sets up the flash back narrative and book-ended tragic ending.(hide)
A comedy screenplay with a strong social undertone of 'tolerance' to people who are different.
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.(hide)
The prototype James Bond screenplay and a classic structure for a mystery investigation. The audience knows things before Bond as a way to create a sense of impending danger for him.(hide)
A intriguing pursuit-mystery plot where two people are forced to comply with instructions and evade capture.
Enemy of the State has an excellent a pursuit-counter attack profile. Includes a free PDF download of the draft screenplay dated 2/10/97.
Entrapment an excellent example of how to use foreshadowing and plot reversal techniques.
A 'pursuer becomes the pursued who must prove his innocence' structure.
Brilliantly conceived and beautifully composed story structure.
A tense innovative example of how to make a thriller from dialogue.
With an creative plan and no one ouside to help, the survivors of a plane crash rescue themselves.
The action in Flightplan is restricted to a single location, but the plot structure of a kidnap-manipulation-rescue plot is all there.
Fine example of a simple love story placed on a substrate of multiple character comedy vignettes.
Use the Screenplay Summary to follow how to set up a story based on the manipulation of the main character by an enemy. As with most Bond plot lines, the audience knows of dangers before Bond.(hide)
Gladiator has an ideal Sequence structure to model vengeance against a powerful foe.
A plot rich in characters who help or attack Bond. Note the delay in explaining what Goldeneye will be used for.
Classic Bond, perfectly structured to emulate pursuit of a mystery where the protagonist and antagonist continually cross paths.
A classic war mission plot structure with a traitor and change of plan.