The Director's Chair Issue #52 – March 15, 2005 (Script Analysis Check List)

by Peter D Marshall

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THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR
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March 15, 2005          Scene 6 – Take 3
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CONTENTS
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1.  Introduction
2.  Action-Cut-Print!
3.  Special Interest for Filmmakers
4.  Feature Article – Script Analysis Check List
5.  Movie Magic Scheduling Tutorial
6.  Back Issues of The Director’s Chair
7.  Share This Ezine
8.  Suggestions & Comments
9.  Subscribe & Unsubscribe Information
10. Copyright Information

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1. INTRODUCTION
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Welcome to Issue #52 of The Director’s Chair (March 15, 2005)

1) This month’s Feature Article is a Script Analysis Check List
a director can use to help analyze and break down a script.

2) VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – If you would like to contribute articles,
tips, links of interest, industry news, interviews, special event
dates or other resources to The Director’s Chair please email:
mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com

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Enjoy.

Peter D. Marshall

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2. ACTION-CUT-PRINT! –  A Website for Filmmakers
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If you are a Film or TV Director; a working professional who
wants to Direct; a film student who wants to learn more about
Directing; or a “student of film” who just wants to know more
about Filmmaking from the pros, Action-Cut-Print! is for you!

Take a moment now to visit http://www.actioncutprint.com where
you will find over 1200 Online Resources for Filmmakers, a Film
and TV Bookstore and Film Directing Workshops.

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3. SPECIAL INTEREST FOR FILMMAKERS
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1) Moondance March 2005 News: Last Call for Entries

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE: We cordially invite screenwriters
and filmmakers, playwrights, short story writers, TV writers,
librettists, film score composers, children’s filmmakers &
writers, and young (18 & under) filmmakers & screenwriters,
radioplay writers, music video filmmakers, and multi-media
filmmakers to participate in the film festival competition
2005. Moondance offers everyone a unique opportunity to come
together with other writers, directors and producers to create
new opportunities, develop tools for success and forge new
alliances within the international film and entertainment
industry.

OUR OBJECTIVE for this competition and film festival is to
promote and encourage independent filmmakers, screenwriters and
playwrights, and the best work in films, screenplays,
stageplays, TV scripts, radioplays, film scores, lyrics,
librettos, musical videos, & short stories.

http://www.Moondance.com

2) The Internet Movie Script Database

Check out one of the largest movie script resources on the
internet. http://www.imsdb.com/

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4. FEATURE ARTICLE – Script Analysis Check List
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Script Analysis Check List

The purpose of script analysis is to find out what the story is
really about, who the characters are and what happens to them.
Detailed script analysis will give you facts, images, backstory
ideas, and help you understand the characters. Remember, good
scripts are multi-layered, full of subtext and not over
explained.

– what are the beats (or events) in every scene

– what just happened before the scene

– what is the THEME/IDEA (what is the story about)

– what is the LOGIC (does the story make sense)

– what is the EXPOSITION (what is the doing)

– what is the COMPLICATION (what is the drama/conflict)

– what creates the TENSION (what will happen next)

– what is the MAIN QUESTION (what problem is to be resolved)

– what is the MAIN ACTION/SPINE (what event hooks the audience)

– what is the CAUSE OF THE ACTION (happens to the main character)

– what is the RESULTING ACTION (answer to the main question)

– what is the CONCLUSION (what happens)

– where are the BEATS (specific moments of a scene or act)

– where are the TURNING POINTS (of each scene and act)

– where is the CLIMAX (of each scene/act/story)

– what is the PLOT (carries the action)

– what is the SUB-PLOT (carries the theme)

– what are the ACTION POINTS (events that cause a reaction)

– what is the SOURCE OF CONFLICT

– who is the PROTAGONIST (the main character)

– who is the ANTAGONIST (one or more characters)

– who is the MOST INTERESTING CHARACTER (not always the main
character)

– what is the INTENT of the scene (what is the scene needed for)

– what are the MAIN ELEMENTS of the scene (points to get across
to the audience)

– what is the EXPOSITION (what are the characters “doing”)

– what is the COMPLICATION (the drama)

– where is the CLIMAX (what is the turning point of the story)

– what is the RESOLUTION (how is the theme resolved)

– what is the CONCLUSION (how does the scene end)

– what are the MAJOR POINTS OF ACTION (graph them out)

– where is the CLIMAX/TURNING POINTS/CONFLICTS

– where does the IDEA CHANGE (beat or unit change)

– what are the important LINES OF DIALOGUE
(story/character/plot)

– is there a RECOGNITION & REVERSAL SCENE for each character
(character change)

– which character CONTROLS (pushes) a scene

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5. MOVIE MAGIC SCHEDULING TUTORIAL
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Movie Magic Scheduling, Version 3.7 (Mac or PC)

Ivan Francis Clements has produced an excellent DVD tutorial on
“Scheduling with Movie Magic.” In this two disc set, Ivan takes
you step by step through Movie Magic Scheduling so that you can
create your own production board in a way that makes sense to
you.

Movie Magic is now the industry standard for film scheduling
and is the best way to manage your production. I have used
Movie Magic Scheduling for over 15 years and as I went through
Ivan’s tutorial, I found many tricks and ideas to help me
organize my productions better.

Also included in the tutorial is Ivan’s famous “Shooting Ratio
Calculator” as a free bonus! The purpose of this calculator is
to give you a daily check on how your shoot is going in terms
of daily page count, footage count and most importantly,
whether or not you are on SHOOTING RATIO.

This calculator is really important on no/low budget filmmaking
where your film stock is your GOLD!!!

If you are a Producer, Line Producer, Production Manager,
Director or 1st AD, I highly recommend this tutorial.

Check out Ivan’s “Scheduling with Movie Magic” tutorial at
http://www.schedulingtutorial.com/
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