The Script BSE - SHARKNADO Beat Sheet
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Listen to the BSE Podcast for "SHARKNADO" on iTunes!
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https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-script/id602272713?mt=2
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Filmmakers: Directed by Anthony C. Ferrante, Written by Thunder Levin
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The Script - Beat Sheet Edition: "SHARKNADO"
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Blake Snyder Beat SheetDavid Negrin's BEATsChris Durham's BEATsJeremy Engdahl-Johnson BEATs
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Opening ImageMonsoon at sea and sharks.Water. A ship. The slaughter of sharks for their finsOpen water. Shark poacher making his shady deal.
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Theme StatedSharknado. Enough Said.

"I really hate sharks."
French Captain: We shouldn't be afraid of the sharks they should be afraid of us"I really hate sharks." This concept is reiterated by three or four people in opening scenes and then again in Dark Night of the Soul. "I hope that storm kilsl them. Kills them all." -George 'You have no idea." -Nova  Or it could just be: "Sharks! They're comin in!" -Fin Then reiterated over and over again.
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Set-up-A shark poacher's ship, presumably filled with sharks, is caught in a monsoon.
-Global warming brings California its first Hurricane.
-Rules of Sharks: they are attracted to blood, they do not stop biting out of water.
-Fin is an ex-surfer, successful owner of a bar, general good guy, but he's got a hero complex. He's got to save everyone.
-Nova has a past with sharks, a crush on Fin.
-FIRST SHARK ATTACK - girl in the water, Fin tries to save her, mirrors every Jaws movie.

A storm hits, sharks are flung aboard, people are dying. There's a dark criminal greedy underbelly to the shark fin industry. Nex thing we're by the beach, surfing with Steve. Is his name really Fin? that's hilarious. Just like the writer's name. A storm is coming. There's a girl with a sharkbite wound. Fin is the great white surfer. The storm is coming and we're blaming Global Warming but it's really coming because sharks don't want to be "finned," but boy are they ever going to get Fin-ned! Fin the chamion surfer dude who runs a bar and is stand-up enough not to go for employee-poon when it's thrown at him is estranged from his family who he really cares about -- at leas enough to make a phone call. Incoming storm is propelling sharks in droves up the coast. They are really aggressive sharks that attack Fin and the Aussie guy and various people on the beach.
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CatalystThe storm hits and brings FLOOD. There's a mass shark attack and people go out for drinks afterward. Then the storm hits.18 - Storm destroys bar
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Debate-SHARK IN BAR set piece, killed by George with Pool cue.
-Bar Destroyed
-SANTA MONICA FERRIS WHEEL set piece
-Fin calls ex-wife, argues about coming to save his daughter and get them out of town.
-Fin gathers his crew : A drunk (George), an Aussie (Baz), a Bartender (Nova), and Fin the ex-surfer, previous bar owner, modern superhero.
What do we do now? Where can april go. Her beach home is flooded. Oh my god what is this stuff falling from the sky in LA.? It's kind of wet. I think the biggest expense in this movie wasn't the sharks, it was the weather. Fin wants to get to his kids.Should friends/family/Fin head for the hills?
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Break into Two-Fin and crew decide to GO SAVE HIS FAMILY.So they embark on the trip through shark-infested streets to get to Fin's family.27-Fin says "I just can't sit back and watch this." His first selfless act to try to save people (not just family) from the Sharknado.
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B StoryFin reconciling with his ex-wife and his daughter, getting the whole family back together.Fin's Ex Wife April. Her boyfriend is taken out by a shark 30 seconds after we see what a dick he is and now she's back on the market. The B story actually has a pretty nice execution because it's just these little glimpses of Tara REid getting jealous of Nova.Ian and his family
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Fun and Games-Hurricane Pummels Santa Monica
-Sharks swim the flooded streets, crash with every wave.
-FLOODED TRAFFIC set piece, where Fin, Nova, and George help an old lady with a dog.
-George is EATEN, shark meat
-FLOODED BRIDGE set piece, where Fin must use his surfer wave timing to get past the bridge.
-APRIL'S FLOODED HOUSE set piece, Nova starts killing sharks with a shotgun, April's boyfriend is shark meat, Fin saves his daughter and ex-wife, decide to go to find Fin's son.
-BUS SETPIECE, where Fin rappells down to save a bus of children from flooding and shark, Bus driver is shark meat.
-New Rule: Sharks can bite onto and climb ropes.
Sharks in the street. Fin's superpower is Timing Waves. John Heard''s weapon is a barstool.Sharks sharks sharks. 42-School bus rescue puts his own family in danger but affirms the larger conflict.
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Midpoint-THE SHARKNADO ARRIVES, three actually. Not just sharks in the flood waters, but sharks in the sky. Tara Reid is acting the shit out of this park, "Are those sharks?"
The arrival of the tornado. My momma always told me hollywood would kill me. They save the kids on the way to get Fin's son and now they have a bigger obstacle. At least the rain's letting up...They see the tornados. "Are those sharks?"
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Bad Guys Close In-SHARK IN THE CAR set piece, where Fin and Nova fight the shark diving in through the sun roof.
-CAR CHASE set piece, police trying to stop them, but the truck has Nitro a las "Fast & Furious"
-AIRPLANE HANGER set piece where the Tornado wipes it away, Baz: "It's time to leave Kansas mate."
Now sharks are flying. Cars are blowing up. The good guys have to go on foot. There are cops in the way. They have to get to Van Nuys? The mountains don't provide protection from Sharks? And a car chase with the Hummer with Nitrous. Here comes the Tornado in force. By the way, did Tara Reid have these kids when she was like 9?Water spouts/Tornados; sharks raining down. Police chase. Shark fell down on truck.
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All is LostFin's Daughter complains he's not around enough, Fin says he'll try harder.Fin's daughter reads him the riot act. He's never going to earn her respect...They have no shelter and the storm is here
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Dark Night of the SoulNova's past is repeating itself. Matt "Now I really hate sharks.Nova's story about the Shark bite.65 - Nova's stupid scar and story. "Five people went into the water that day. And only one little girl came out."

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Break into ThreeTHREE PRONGED - STORMING THE CASTLE
1. Matt & Nova are gonna fly the chopper into the tornadoes
2. Fin & Crew will fight the sharks falling into the streets
3. Baz has rigged a vehicle with bombs to be suicide driven into the tornados as a last resort.
We're going after sharks now. With helicopter bombsThey set out to destroy the sharknado with bombs. It's the "Semper paratas" spirit (which means "Always ready" and is also the slogal of the US Coast Guard)
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Finale-Matt & Nova take out 2/3 tornadoes, but Nova is eaten whole, shark meat.
-Fin fights sharks in the streets with his chainsaw.
-Baz is injured, can't drive suiciced truck into last tornado, so Fin does it. But escapes with the use of Nitro. Third Sharknado is eliminated.
-Fin has last hand to hand with a Shark Falling out of the sky, is eaten whole, but cuts his way out! Then goes back in, and PULLS NOVA OUT! The crowd goes absolutely fucking wild.
Matt and the now-dead Nova (the shark finally got her) fail to get the last tornado and now Fin has to do it himself. I gotta finish this. I have to say that the image of the shark flying into the Chinese Theater has to be a statement about the state of cinema. Or at least about what this movie is doing to cinema... sharks falling friom the sky. Fin saves his daugher by jumping literally into the belly of the beast and then cutting himself out to be reuinted with his family whose respect he has now earned. AND HE SAVES NOVA. OMG this is the shit. And she doesn't get fin, but she gets Matt in the end. Close enough. .Strange protagonist transference to Fin's son for a while. Helitcopter gets two of three, but Fin has to take out last and largeset sharknado himself. Then deal with "sharks raining down on him" at the very end. And finally, in the belly of the shark.
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Final ImageA family reunited looking over task: city saved, tornadoes gone, sharks dead.A dead shark. A mirror of the beginning. And the word... finFamily looking out over shark carcasses.
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