December Script Reading & Analysis: “It’s A Wonderful Life”

December 3rd, 2012 by

The GITS Script Reading & Analysis script for December is the classic 1946 holiday movie It’s a Wonderful Life, screenplay by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and Frank Capra, story by Philip Van Doren Stern.

The movie was nominated for 5 Academy Awards and co-writer Frank Capra won a Golden Globe as Best Motion Picture Director.

You may download a copy of the script here.

Our schedule for discussion:

Monday, December 17: General comments
Tuesday, December 18: Structure
Wednesday, December 19: Characters
Thursday, December 20: Themes
Friday, December 21: Dialogue

We will have another live TweetCast on Wednesday, December 19 at 7PM 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. Check out the transcripts of some of the past TweetCasts:

(500) Days of Summer

Black Swan

Galaxy Quest


Michael Clayton

No Country for Old Men

Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Social Network

Here is the original trailer for the movie:

This will be the 25th script in this series and with it, I’m going to shift the emphasis somewhat. Each month in 2013, I’m going to pick a movie script for me to read and analyze, using the concepts in my character based approach to screenwriting. Of course, I invite everyone to participate in the discussion. This way, regardless of who joins the conversation or not, I will be expanding the scope of movies I will have analyzed in a thorough fashion.

If you source any video or written interviews or behind-the-scenes features about It’s A Wonderful Life, especially anything focusing on the script, please post in comments.

I’m sure you’ve seen the movie, but have you read the script? Now’s your chance. Join me this month as we read and analyze the script for It’s A Wonderful Life.

Comment Archive

One thought on “December Script Reading & Analysis: “It’s A Wonderful Life”

  1. The best “deus ex-machina” in the history of film.

Leave a Reply