This week we will be analyzing the screenplay for the 2010 movie Black Swan, screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andrés Heinz and John J. McLaughlin, story by Andrés Heinz.
You may download an October 5, 2009 version of the shooting script here.
Today we discuss the script’s structure. How would you break down the story’s plot? What do you think are the major Plotline points? How did the story sustain its incredible narrative drive?
Our schedule for discussion:
Monday, October 22: General comments
Tuesday, October 23: Structure
Wednesday, October 24: Characters
Thursday, October 25: Themes
Friday, October 26: Dialogue
We will have another live TweetCast on Wednesday, October 24 at 8PM Pacific. What’s a TweetCast? Everybody lines up a DVD, Netflix, or whatever of the movie, then hits play at precisely the top of the hour. While the movie plays, we comment on it real time on Twitter.
We generally have a group of professional screenwriters participate including Tom Benedek and myself, and anyone is invited to drop by. It’s a lot of fun, but as you can see from the transcripts, also a great way to break down and analyze a movie. Hashtag: #swantc.
Part 1 of an interview with Darren Aronofsky:
Part 2 of the interview:
An audio interview with screenwriters Mark Heyman and Andrés Heinz.
If you know of any great behind-the-scenes videos or interviews about Black Swan, please post them in comments.
Remember: Reading scripts is one of the most important single things you can do to enhance your understanding of the craft of screenwriting. So download Black Swan and join us the last week of October to analyze the script.
For Part 1, a general discussion of the script, go here.
For all of the other screenplays and commentary in the GITS Script Reading & Analysis series, go here.
NOTE: THE USE OF THESE SCREENPLAYS IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.