Go Into The Story Resource: Script Reading & Analysis Series

74 movie scripts analyzed to depth including Scene-By-Scene Breakdown, Plot, Characters, Themes, Dialogue.

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On May 16, 2019, Go Into The Story turns 11 years old — you can read the very first blog post here. I led with this paragraph:

Welcome to Go Into The Story! Right now, it’s nothing but a humble, threadbare blog, but I hope it will evolve into an active resource for aspiring screenwriters, as well as a community for anyone interested in storytelling and the creative life.

And evolve it did! To the point where it was recently named “Best of the Best” Scriptwriting Website in the 20th Annual Writer’s Digest Best Websites for Writers list.

To celebrate 11 years of blogging about screenwriting, writing, Hollywood, movies, TV, and the creative life, each day in May, I’m going to feature a piece of Go Into The Story trivia, plus a writing resource you can find in the site’s archives. This is not an exercise in self-congratulations so much as I figured readers could use some tips about how to best use the site. With — to date — 26,348 articles and over 100 archive topics, there is a LOT of content here. Hopefully, these posts for the next 31 days will clue in more recent followers and remind long-time readers about resources you can use to facilitate deepening your understanding of the writing craft.

Today’s trivia: Over the years, some Go Into The Story posts have gained traction in the online screenwriting community and emerged as popular memes. For instance, 1, 2, 7, 14 achieved popularity as a way to structure a work week to increase one’s screenwriting productivity. Another one: The 3 E’s of Scene-Writing: Essential, Efficient, Entertaining. But the biggest one is this screenwriting mantra: Watch movies. Read scripts. Write pages. I coined that in a 2009 blog post and it immediately gained traction — three keys to learn the craft.

Since I started teaching as a hobby in 2002 and now full-time as an assistant professor at the DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts, my brain has become more and more wired to think of pedagogical ways to communicate about the craft of writing. I’m always on the lookout for metaphors, life experience, or verbal devices to get across ideas and theories to readers and students. Hopefully, there will be more to come here on the blog as we move forward.

Today’s Go Into The Story resource: Script Reading & Analysis Series.

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Semi-regularly we spend a week reading and breaking down a movie script with some in-depth analysis. To date: 68 movie scripts. Here are the links to those series.

12 Years a Slave [Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

(500) Days of Summer [Romantic Comedy]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
TweetCast Transcript
Entire Series

All Is Lost [Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Major Plot Points
Sequences
Psychological Journey
Takeaways
Entire Series

American Hustle [Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Major Plot Points
Sequences
Psychological Journey
Takeaways
Entire Series

Argo [Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Major Plot Points
Sequences
Psychological Journey
Takeaways
Entire Series

Arrival [Science Fiction]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaway
Entire Series

Artist, The [Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
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Sequence
Psychological Journey
Takeaways
Entire Series

Barney’s Version [Drama]

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Psychological Journey
Takeaways
Entire Series

Big Sick, The [Romantic Comedy]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

Birdman: (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) [Comedy Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Major Plot Points
Sequences
Themes
Takeaways
Entire Series

Black Swan [Horror Thriller]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
TweetCast Transcript
Entire Series

BlacKkKlansman [Crime Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

Blade Runner [Science Fiction]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Entire Series

Boyhood [Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Major Plot Points
Sequences
Psychological Journey
Takeaways
Entire Series

Bridesmaids [Comedy]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Entire Series

Buried [Contained Thriller]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue

Cloverfield [Found Footage]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue

Coco [Animated Family]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

Crazy Rich Asians [Romantic Comedy]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways

Dallas Buyers Club [Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Major Plot Points
Sequences
Themes
Takeaways
Entire Series

Destroyer [Crime Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

Drag Me To Hell [Horror-Humor]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue

End of the Tour, The [Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

Enough Said [Drama Comedy]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Major Plot Points
Sequences
Psychological Journey
Takeaways
Entire Series

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [Charlie Kaufman]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series 1
General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Entire Series 2

Ex Machina [Drama-Science Fiction]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

First Reformed [Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

Flight [Drama-Thriller]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
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Sequences
Psychological Journey
Takeaways
Entire Series

Florida Project, The [Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

Frankenweenie [Horror-Fantasy]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Major Plot Points
Sequences
Psychological Journey
Takeaways

Galaxy Quest [Science Fiction Comedy]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
TweetCast Transcript
Entire Series

Get Out [Social Thriller]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

Gladiator [Action]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Entire Series

Gone Girl [Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Entire Series

Good Dinosaur, The [Family Animation]

Scene-By- Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways

Good Will Hunting [Drama]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Entire Series

Grand Budapest Hotel, The [Wes Anderson Comedy]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Major Plot Points
Sequences
Psychological Journey
Takeaways
Entire Series

Gravity [Science Fiction]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Major Plot Points
Sequences
Psychological Journey
Takeaways
Entire Series

Groundhog Day [Comedy]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Entire Series

Hanna [Action]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
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Sequences
Psychological Journey
Takeaways
Entire Series

Hell or High Water [Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaway
Entire Series

I, Tonya [Bio Comedy Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

Imitation Game, The [Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Major Plot Points
Sequences
Psychological Journey
Takeaways
Entire Series

Incredibles, The [Animation Action]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

Invitation, The [Thriller]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

It’s A Wonderful Life [Drama]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Entire Series

Jackie [Biopic / Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

Juno [Drama]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
TweetCast Transcript
Entire Series

Kubo and the Two Strings [Animated Adventure]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaway
Entire Series

La La Land [Drama Musical]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

Lincoln [Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
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Sequences
Psychological Journey
Takeaways
Entire Series

Logan [Action]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

Looper [Science Fiction]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Major Plot Points
Sequences
Themes
Takeaways
Entire Series

Man Up [Romantic Comedy]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

Michael Clayton [Drama]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
TweetCast Transcript
Entire Series

Moonrise Kingdom [Drama / Wes Anderson]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
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Sequences
Psychological Journey
Takeaways
Entire Series

Mudbound [Drama]

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Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

Nebraska [Drama Comedy]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
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Sequences
Themes
Takeaways
Entire Series

Nightcrawler [Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Major Plot Points
Sequences
Themes
Takeaways
Entire Series

No Country For Old Men [Drama / Coen Brothers]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
TweetCast Transcript
Entire Series

Pan’s Labyrinth [Fantasy]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Entire Series

Panic Room [Thriller]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Entire Series

Prisoners [Drama Thriller]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Major Plot Points
Sequences
Psychological Journey
Takeaways
Entire Series

A Quiet Place [Horror]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

Raiders of the Lost Ark [Action Adventure]

General Comments
Structure
Character
Themes
Dialogue
TweetCast Transcript
Entire Series

Roma [Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

Shakespeare in Love [Romantic Comedy]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Entire Series

Short Term 12 [Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Major Plot Points
Sequences
Psychological Journey
Takeaways
Entire Series

Silence of the Lambs, The [Thriller]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Entire Series

Sixth Sense, The [Supernatural Thriller]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue

Social Network, The [Drama]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
TweetCast Transcript
Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Major Plot Points
Sequences
Psychological Journey
Takeaways
Entire Series

Thing, The [Horror]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri [Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

Toy Story 3 [Family]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue

Trainwreck [Comedy]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

Up In The Air [Drama]

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue

Whiplash [Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
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Sequences
Psychological Journey
Takeaways
Entire Series

Wolf of Wall Street, The [Drama]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Major Plot Points
Characters
Themes
Takeaways
Entire Series

Zootopia [Animation Family]

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways
Entire Series

Each day this month, I want to take the opportunity to thank you for supporting Go Into The Story. I’d love to hear from you in RESPONSES. When did you start following the blog? What are your favorite features? And as always, if you have any suggestions, feel free to suggest away.

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