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Screenplay Story Structure Analysis
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Modified Three Act / Syd Field Paradigm FormatDISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Two challenges. Learning situation after first challenge achieved. When introduction of additional significant elements gives way to development of the existing elements that's the story's midpoint. Total loss, story over at low point just before a solution arrises.
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* Minutes time designates when that marker concludes, not begins. It is included to display some context of timing.
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Min *Zach and Miri Make a Porno (2008)Min *Kung Fu Panda (2008)Min *A Knight's Tale (2001)Min *Top Gun (1986)Min Black Swan (2010)Min *Chronicles of Riddick (2004) Director's extended cutMinHeat (1995)MinGladiator (2000)MinMinority Report (2002MinMr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
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Here's the SituationZach & Miri are dead broke0:02Po dreams of being a Kung Fu master0:01Three squires to Sir Ector are hungry0:04Maverick & Goose are top fighter pilots0:01Nina's a ballerina0:07Necro legend prologue, Riddick escaping capture by mercenariesHere's the Situation0:01Intro Neal (N) & Vincent (V), N knocks over armored truck0:01Intro Maximus at battle in Germanium, Maximus going home now0:01John works case 1108 red ballJohn at Columbian hotel bar during civil warHere's the Situation
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It Just Got WorseWater then Electricity are cut off0:05Unintentionally convinces his dad he had The Noodle Dream0:01Sir Ector has just died before easily winning the jousting tournament0:08Single hostile Mig becomes two, lock onto second plane, pilots flips0:04An "older" ballerina, and the one older than her just got canned0:15Necros are coming to Helion Prime, they've destroyed everything behind themIt Just Got Worse0:12Waingro (W) glory kills stunned guard0:22Caesar to make Maximus successor0:14John's troubles, Whitwer to snoop, All-or-nothing Precrime vote next weekSoldiers chase Jane into hotelIt Just Got Worse
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FIRST CHALLENGEMake money to prevent homelessness!0:08See announcement of Dragon Warrior by Furious FiveCompete in Rouen Tournament in thirty daysSurvive Mig EncounterSecure role of Swan QueenBring an indifferent Riddick in conflict with the Necromongers + Contact with JackFIRST CHALLENGEPut Vincent across Neil's pathPut Commodus & Maximus at odds, ostracize MaximusPut John and Witwer at odds with John on the run - prove he's innocentJohn & Jane must get together as a coupleFIRST CHALLENGE
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HopeInspired at class reunion: "We can make a porno"!0:08He's going to go see the announcement0:09William believes he can change his stars/fate0:12Maverick's leadership saves flipped pilot0:10Thomas selects Nina to audition for Swan Queen! Among others.0:10Necro kills Imam, Riddick avenges death, Invited inside NecropolisHope0.13Nate tells N about VanSant (VS) + Kelso's new bank job 0:32Commodus kills Caesar0:28Agatha gives a vision to JohnThey get together!Hope
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Might Lose It...Miri's not so sure...0:14Gotta take noodle cart, climb stairs, wall, confront dad, blasted into sky0:10Gotta convince Wat and Roland, who will have no part of it, it's a big risk...0:13Maverick & Goose get introuble with Air Boss0:21But her Black Swan (BS) performance sucks, rejects Thomas' advance0:42Riddick trapped by Quasi-Dead interrogators, Furyan origins discovered, ordered killedMight Lose It... - isn't one -0:36Commodus sends Maximus to be killed - and his family, Maximus escapes0:29Glitches in pairs, Lamar dismisses John's concerns, Witwer at John's homeJohn's friend advises against marriageMight Lose It...
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FIRST CONSTRAINT, Got it!Zach convinces Miri to be in the porno with him0:15Proclaimed Dragon Warrior by Oogway0:11Roland agrees and Wat's too daft to object0:15Maverick & Goose are sent to Top Gun0:24She got it!0:47Escape Necros, only to be captured outside by mercenaries & taken to Crematoria where Jack isFIRST CONSTRAINT, Got it!0:14Vincent takes case0:43Maximus finds family slaughtered and home destroyed, collapses0:37Case 1109 John kills Leo Crow5 or 6 years later they're marriedFIRST CONSTRAINT, Got it!
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Learn StuffGet cameraman & producer0:22Intro to temple Kung Fu artifacts0:14Jousting practice, sword practice, jousting improves0:20Meet other students, instructors, and...0:28Criticized for her BS performance Thomas points out Lily's "freedom" to Nina0:52Arrive on CrematoriaLearn StuffLearn Stuff
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First LessonGet location0:26Establish "Level Zero" does exist0:31Meet Geoffry, Jocelyn, and Kate.0:28... love interest "Charlie", who also happens to be another instructor0:32Intro to principle's dressing room, At benefit gala Sponsors = Funding1:00Reunite with the young, foul, female JackFirst Lesson0:18W escapes, N home alone, Chris' home problems, V's overcooked chicken0:46Taken as slave, resists Proximo's gladiator training0:42John's car escape, Alley escape, factory escapeMarriage doldrums, "Kid" given assignment, J&J argue over stuff at homeFirst Lesson
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Second LessonWork on titles and stories0:33Night at temple0:35Intro antagonist Count Adhemar, joust Prince Edward, joust Adhemar0:36Fly against Jester, busted0:45Ascention into lead role of company, Emergence into adulthood with door-blocking pipe1:04Purifier queries Vaako's loyaltiesSecond Lesson0:25N meets Eady, V to meet Richard, N meets Kelso, VS buyback set up0:53Maximus' first gladiator success, Commodus' unfavorable return to Rome, games announced0:55John visits Dr. Hineman, learns of Minority Reports, gets new eyesJane assassinates cartel member, John assassinates "Mark."Second Lesson
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Third LessonAudition actors, cast, make costumes0:35Tai Lung escapes prison1:00Dance, joust Prince Edward0:47Volleyball, Dinner Date, father mystery0:55Sexually assaulted by Thomas one day, berated the next on her BS performance1:07Dame Vaako learns from Elemental the 30yo prophesy of a Furyan defeating Lord Marshal's ruleThird Lesson0:40N sees Christine, V gets "Slick" lead, pick up gone wrong, N-team made at supper, V-team supper1:06"Are you not entertained?!", Proximo "Win the crowd" + going to Rome1:16Spyders, John kidnaps AgathaHis spy stuff in garage, hers in kitchen. They each goto separate spy officesThird Lesson
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Last Lesson Lead's to...Tomorrow is principle shooting...0:42Split & Training, Discover resiliancy1:07Wins tournament, but only because Adhemar wasn't competing1:03Flight review, doink, flying stupid, meet Goose's wife and kid0:56Nina confront's Lily about her "helpful" remarks to Thomas1:21"Feeding Time!" and "Death by Teacup", guards & mercs have shootout over Necro arrival newsLast Lesson Lead's to...1:08Platinum bust, discuss "last job" - team votes Yes!1:13Battle of Carthage reimagined1:27Hack AgathaBoth assigned to acquire the "Kid"/Tank.Last Lesson Lead's to...
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Oh, No!Location w/ cameras and costumes demoed0:50Oogway gone, antagonist Tai Lung enroute, Shi Fu has no solution1:08Alienates Jocelyn, Adhemar sent away by King Edward1:09Hot dogging leads to flame out, Goose is dead0:57Beth is gone, Thomas criticizes her, Lily betrayed her. All are disappointed in her.1:21Escape prison, but gotta race across terrain to the only ship and Necros are on the wayOh, No!1:18Justine's going out, LAPD made at shipyard1:29Commodus discovers Maximus alive, Lucilla plots with Maximus the removal of Commodus1:35Teammates, mall escapeJohn fouls Jane's explosives, she snipes him, he missiles her position, each IDedOh, No!
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It's All Okay, NowUse coffee shop camera to, shoot scenes 1, 2, 30:58Shi Fu figures food as motivator, Po's training begins & is successful1:26Writes letter, challenged to lose to prove love, reunited and bed1:14Accident investigation clears Maverick of responsibility for death1:22Lily will be her friend, though. Dinner+ lezzy wet dream! Conclusion with Beth1:32Run across insane terrain, gunfight with mercs along the way, scale burning mountain wallIt's All Okay, Now1:25Vince invites Neal for a convo over coffee1:39Tigris of Gaul defeated, Maximus the merciful enrages Commodus, plot moves forward1:38Discover previs building, find Leo CrowSupper, attack & escape to work places, she scrubs house, he breaches her officeIt's All Okay, Now
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Total Loss. Story's Done, Unless..Scene 4 goes bad, Zach quits. Story's done, unless...1:06Tai Lung defeats Furious Five, Dragon Scroll is a bust, Evacuate the valley1:51Meeting his father has lead to arrest, beating and pillory. The story's over, until...1:24Flies conservative, quits, Girl leaves him, seeks sage Viper wisdom1:25Upset from Beth experience, Nina nuts out at home, passes out, Mom cancels Nina's opening premier1:40Overcome by Vaako, Riddick is about to be burned alive, his girl is taken away by the NecrosTotal Loss. Story's Done, Unless..1:35"They dumped us" V loses N, VS puts W onto N, Driver out then Driver in1:59Senator Gracchus captured, Busy bee, Maximus' escape & capture1:40Room 1006, John kills LeoShe almost kills him, dinner & dance, go home, shoot outTotal Loss. Story's Done, Unless..
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SECOND CONSTRAINT, Solution!Zack must come backPo's becomes the Dragon Warrior!1:55Prince Edward declares William Thatcher royalty and knights him!1:25Gotta start flying again, accepts Goose's death, graduatesPerform as Swan Queen1:44Furyan Mole saves Riddick at last second before suicideSECOND CONSTRAINT, Solution!1:41Bank job, Vincent tipped off by VS body guard, shoot out in city streets, V loses N - again!2:13Commodus "Am I not merciful?!", Commodus stabs Maximus with stiletto1:48Lamar kills Witwer before he proves John framed, John capturedHe quits & kisses her, they're back togetherSECOND CONSTRAINT, Solution!
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SECOND CHALLENGEFinish the porno to relieve debt to friend1:09Po realizes faith to become the true Dragon WarriorWilliam must fight in championship against Adhemar1:26Called to "situation"1:26Escape nutty mom, make it to premier on time. Barely.Riddick to avenge his girl and defeat Lord MarshalSECOND CHALLENGEGet Vincent back on Neal's caseCommodus to fight MaximusLamar exposed and John proven innocentThey must survive their employer's bounty on themSECOND CHALLENGE
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Build to OutcomeDoesn't need to shoot it, just tell Delaney what to do1:13Saves Shi Fu, uses Kung Fu skills learned in training to fight Tai Lung2:01Seriously injured by Adhemar's foul play, William goes on a suicide run against him1:34Bogeys engaged, rattled by tail wash again, recovers1:34Dropped in White Swan performance and Kill LILY/DOUBLE1:53Returns to Helion Prime, fights Lord MarshalBuild to Outcome1:54Chris at doc, N at Trejo's = W+VS, N kills VS2:18Commodus to publically fight Maximus as gladiators in colosseum.2:01Lara exposes Lamar's deceptionJohn's coworker offered bounty, swap war stories, employers assault at houseBuild to Outcome
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Outcome Achieved!Set up, Zack realizes his true love for Miri1:17Defeats Tai Lung not through strength, but with resiliancy2:06Defeats Adhemar!1:39Successfully downs multiple bogeys1:38Aces Black Swan performance to standing ovation2:02Vaako threatens one LM aspect, but Riddick slams the knife into skull of retreat LMBuild to Outcome2:05V sets up W as bait for N, N gets Eady, N gets his new "out", Chris gets his "out"2:20Commodus loses sword, denied replacement2:06Lara gets Johnn from prison, Lamar at ceremonyTake neighbor's car, hwy chase, acquire Tank/bait, store shoot outBuild to Outcome
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Complete Victory! - Never finished that porno...1:19Dragon Warrior prophesy realized, city saved, lives the Kung Fu dream2:08Makes dad happy and proud, kisses Jocelyn on the field, his stars are changed1:44Hero of the day, becomes Top Gun instructor, gets back the lost girlOutcome Achieved!2:25N kills W, V finds N at hotel - chases to airport2:21Commoduce produces stiletto, Maximus kills Commodus with it2:10John confronts Lamar, Lamar suicideWork together as a teamOutcome Achieved!
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Acceptable AlternativeGot the girl and started a new businessComplete Victory!2:42Vincent kills Neal on airfield2.15John cleared, Precogs freed, John & Lara back together, Agatha lives with themComplete Victory!
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Pyrrhic VictoryTOP GUN as monomyth:1:40Proves everyone had nothing to worry about, but dies as the White SwanAcceptable AlternativeCounselling session goes wellAcceptable Alternative
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Dark Endinghttp://www.clickok.co.uk/HerosJourneyMonomythScreenwriting/Screenwriting26x.htmlPyrrhic Victory2:25Maximus ordered Gracchus freed and armies to return, Maximus reuinited with family in afterlifePyrrhic Victory
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Twist Ending2:04Riddick inherits the Necromongers: You keep what you killDark EndingDark Ending
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SummationTwist EndingTwist Ending
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SummationSummation
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End2:452:282:17End
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Other Films Fitting This FormatFilms That Don't
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> Most comediesCloverfield - No learning phase or story's over moment
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The IncrediblesShuttle
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CarsCabin Fever
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Wild Hogs
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Easy A
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Juno
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Whip It
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The Bucket List
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Bruce Almighty
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The Book of Eli
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Despicable Me
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Toy Story 3
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The Expendables
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Chronicles of Riddick
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Borat
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