If you want to know about screenwriting, the first thing most people will tell you is this: Read screenplays. Lots of screenplays. And analyze them.
I want to know about screenwriting, so I read a whole bunch of screenplays. And to force myself to dive a little deeper, I decided to share my analysis with the world. Thus the Storylanes Podcast.
Every episode, I do a deep dive into some screenplay. I look at how it is structured, at how the pieces fit together, and at what makes it special. And I look at how closely each screenplay follows some of the more popular screenwriting models, things like three act structure, Save the Cat, and the Hero’s Journey. (And spoiler warning: a lot of great movies follow those models, but a lot don’t too.)
And because I’m a computer-geek by trade, I developed a tool to help me analyze the screenplays. I use it to produce a chart that maps key elements of the screenplay. You can find each of these charts here at https://storylanes.com.
I’ve learned a lot about screenwriting from preparing these episodes. I hope that listening to them will help you learn too.
This episode we look at Jennifer's Body, the horror film from the mid 00's. As always, for more details, see https://storylanes.com.
Scenes from Michael Clayton
This week we do something different: a deep dive into two scenes from Michael Clayton, the film we covered last week. We'll look at the structure of those scenes, as well as how the dialogue sings.
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A Storylanes deep-dive analysis into what's often held up by screenwriters as one terrific script. For more details, visit http://storylanes.com. (https://www.storylanes.com/episode-14-michael-clayton/)
The Social Network
This episode we do a deep-dive analysis of The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin's script about the rise of Facebook.
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A Storylanes look at Parasite, the first foreign-language film to win the Best Picture Oscar. And a winner of the Best Original Screenplay Oscar.
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Back to the Future
A Storylanes analysis of Back to the Future, the great 80's time-travel comedy written by Robert Zameckis and Bob Gale.
As usual, you can find more, including the Storylanes analysis and the script to this episode, at Storylanes.com.