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Watching movies in theaters has been a human experience for over 100-years. With the expansion of Movies and TV into Cable Channels, Streaming Videos, Web Series, and even Social Media and YouTube…., there are now even more opportunities for well-written and ideally-structured Screenplays.

    "When it comes to story structure, I've always relied on my gut. But Melvyn's 19 Sequence Model shows that almost all films follow the same pattern, whether it's science fiction, drama or comedy. His 19 Sequence theory helped me unlock the Act 3 of a story I had been unable to resolve for months. Many thanks!"
    Ronald Shusett - Producer/Co-writer "Alien" and "Total Recall"; Executive Producer "Minority Report".



    Structurally, Scripts are built from Sequences and their composite Scenes. Understanding these fundamental building blocks of Screenplay Structure is critical to writing successful scripts. ScreenWriting Science's 19-Sequence Model (published in the Journal of Screenwriting in 2012) shows how Sequences are distributed within a script.



    • Facilitate building your initial script outline. 
    • Sharpen story and plot pace, and correctly locate key plot points to engage readers and fulfil genre expectations. 
    • Learn the unlocked secrets of what happens when in key movie genres and plot types. 
    • Improve script marketability


    "Accelerate Your Creative Writing through ScreenWriting Science! "



    Through a detailed analysis of over 172 Classic and Contemporary screenplays across a broad spectrum of plot types and genres from 1941-Present, ScreenWriting Science identified a fundamental Scene-Sequence structure of successful feature films - the 19-Sequence Model. This structure, plus each film's story events and plot points, are captured in the Screenplay Sequence-Scene Structure Summaries. The Summaries are 8-23 page PDF documents that show you how each screenplay uses the Sequence-Scene organization to present specific plot points to advance the story and create emotional impact.

    "...19 Sequence Model shows that almost all films follow the same pattern, whether it's science fiction, drama or comedy...". Ron Shusett, Producer/Screenwriter (Alien, Minority Report).  


    Sequences are the real way screenwriters organize plot and story into manageable units. The Screenplay Summaries serve as Templates and Event Road Maps to to as a writing guide, or simply to enjoy reading to appreciate story construction.


    Journal of Screenwriting:

    19-Sequence Model


    • Choose movies similar to the one you are writing as a model.
    • Identify position and pacing of sub-plots. 
    • Timing of character introduction. 
    • Positioning of plot turning points, location changes, exposition, respite and transition scenes, flashbacks and foreshadowing. 


    Latest Summaries:

    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

    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

    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

    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.


    As extension of the classic: Alien. Aliens combines Chase-Escape with a Rescue plot, which extends the emotional impact beyond 'Fear'. Incorporation of 'Compassion' and 'Self-Sacrifice' magnify the humanity of the characters.  



    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.


    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 Sequence make a point - then moves on.


    Purchase Process:

    After purchasing the Screenplay Sequence-Scene Structure Analysis though our secure PayPal-linked system, you can immediately download the Summary. The 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. New Screenplay Summaries are added regularly - so check back often. Feel free to write to Screenwriting Science at or through this website! I welcome your feedback. Thank you for visiting ScreenWriting Science!