Screenplay Analysis: Jaws
June 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 amFree
THIS ROUNDTABLE WILL BE VIRTUAL…WE WILL MEET ONLINE THROUGH ZOOM. WE WILL SEND OUT THE LINK A FEW DAYS OUT FROM THE ROUNDTABLE.
ANALYSIS OF A SCREENPLAY PRESENTS: JAWS
It’s common knowledge that to make a great film you must first start with a great script. But what is a great script? What elements make up a great story?
Join us Saturday June 5th as we review and break down the script Jaws. If you want to be a writer, it is not enough to watch films. You must read scripts as well. You must analyze the components of a script. Dissect the script and learn what makes it work.
In our discussion we will review:
Act One: (20-30 Pages)
Plot Point #1 (Forced to make a decision that changes the direction of the story)
What is the inciting incident/call to action (approx. 12 mins)?
(This spins the protagonist’s world out of sync).
Climax of the first act.
Ascending Action to the Confrontation
Characters at a crossroads and must choose a course of action. They develop a PLAN “A” based on necessity.
What are the main conflicts? (what is at stake for the protagonist?)
What is the Act 1 turning point (approx. Min 25)?
How does the antagonist really sock it to the protagonist at the end of Act 1 so the protagonist is forced to do something?
What is the midpoint?
Act Two – 40-60 Pages
Midpoint: Unexpected obstacle surfaces to help get our protagonists back on track (Plan A)
Protagonist stops reacting and starts ACTING
(Often a pivotal character is introduced as an agent of change)
False sense of security – then to plot point #2
Plot Point #2:
Lowest point in the story for the protagonist
The hook that spins action in another directions.
Point where “plan A” must be abandoned b/c it’s impossible to achieve
Protagonist’ goals come tumbling down.
Third Act: 20-30 Pages
Good climax’s resolve story and should be close to end of film.
**The above is provided at the request of participants from prior discussions. These are the structural elements we will discuss.
This will be a roundtable discussion so be prepared to talk.
Join us for analysis of , and see what makes a great script. Discussion will be moderated by Shelly Howeison.
Please follow the link below to download the screenplay: