- Screenplay Structure Summaries
Screenplay Structure Summaries
North by Northwest is a classic example of a pursuit-mystery and is based on a mistaken identity.
A 'Stalking' plot, except the stalker (Barbara Covett) creepily hides in plain sight and only the viewer knows what Barbara's intentions are towards Sheba through her narration.(hide)
Screenwriter Schulberg's flawless master piece is a wonderful way to understand screenplay structure. Read and emulate.
Ordinary People is about healing and hope, so the screenplay begins after the primary trauma - Buck's death and Conrad's attempted suicide.(hide)
A well constructed plot based on a coincidence of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Ideal Quest plot.
One of the best structured quest screenplays available.
A, 'What if' scenario around a single girl in the fashion industry in Manhattan suddenly becoming responsible for her deceased sister's three young children - and finding selflessness and love as a result.(hide)
'Red Eye' is an excellent to model how to create tension and action in a confined space (Act II).
Masterful example of a heist with thieves stealing the loot from each other. How do you find it and steal it back?
A remarkable screenplay where Sequences are delineated by changes in room location and historical time period.
This story is the prototype of many 'Wrongfully Accused' story lines where the protagonist must elude capture, find out the truth and save the day.(hide)
A prototype for a multiple Flashback format screenplay where all is not what it seems and characters are not who they say they are.
A good example of how to integrate independent story-lines of several characters.
Excellent structure for an innocent man being framed and then pursued whilst having to reveal the real perpetrators.
Excellent use of flashback to explain character's interpersonal relationships and motivations.
High accolades for this beautiful Coming-of-Age screenplay. An ideal model.