Script Analysis: “Mudbound” — Part 6: Takeaways

Read the script for the critically acclaimed indie film and analyze it all this week.

Reading scripts. Absolutely critical to learn the craft of screenwriting. The focus of this bi-weekly series is a deep structural and thematic analysis of each script we read. Our daily schedule:

Monday: Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Tuesday: Plot
Wednesday: Characters
Thursday: Themes
Friday: Dialogue
Saturday: Takeaways

Today: Takeaways.

This week, we have been reading, analyzing, and discussing the script and movie Mudbound. In some ways, today’s exercise is the whole point of the series: What did you take away from the experience of reading and analyzing the script?

You may download a PDF of the script — free and legal — here.

Screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees, novel by Hillary Jordan.

IMDb plot summary: Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.

Mudbound was nominated for 4 Academy Awards, 2 Golden Globes, and won the Robert Altman Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

The movie is available for screening on Netflix.

Write a RESPONSE and let me know what your takeaways have been from the script for Mudbound.

Major kudos to Mark Furney for doing this week’s scene-by-scene breakdown.

To download a PDF of the breakdown for Mudbound, go here.

For Part 1, to read the Scene-By-Scene Breakdown discussion, go here.

For Part 2, to read the Major Plot Points discussion, go here.

For Part 3, to read Characters discussion, go here.

For Part 4, to read Themes, go here.

For Part 5, to read Dialogue, go here.

Click RESPONSE and join the conversation.