Reading scripts. Absolutely critical to learn the craft of screenwriting. The focus of this weekly series is a deep structural and thematic analysis of each script we read. Our daily schedule:
Written and directed by Brad Bird.
IMDb plot summary: A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.
Some questions to consider in relation to dialogue in The Incredibles:
* What do you consider to be the most memorable lines… and why?
* Any notable callbacks (a line used once, then used again later in a different context)?
* How about set-up & payoffs?
* Any exposition that caught your eye for being handled exceptionally well?
Head to comments and let me know what dialogue in the script made the most impact on you.
Major kudos to Traci Nell Peterson for doing this week’s scene-by-scene breakdown.
For Part 1, to read the Scene-By-Scene Breakdown, go here.
For Part 2, to read Plot analysis, go here.
For Part 3, to read Characters, go here.
For Part 4, to read Themes, go here.
If you have a favorite movie script you’d like to break down scene-by-scene and contribute to our archive, as well as provide the foundation for a week’s worth of discussion and analysis, email me with your suggestion.
Note: The script has to be available online somewhere.
To see the archive of scene-by-scene breakdowns, go here.
Circling back to where we started, reading scripts is hugely important. Analyzing them even more so. If you want to work in Hollywood as a writer, you need to develop your critical analytical skills. This is one way to do that.
So seize this opportunity and join in the conversation!
I hope to see you in comments about this week’s script: The Incredibles.