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The Film Director’s Script Read Through – The Script Spine

1. To answer the question, “what is the SPINE of a script,” just think of the spine in the body and what its purpose is. Simply, the spine LINKS the story together. And what happens when one of the links are out of place – you get a disjointed story (and a pain the back!)

2. The spine is basically the reason for the character’s journey – it is what the character WANTS and the spine of your main character will usually run parallel to the central theme of the script

3. In any film, a character should have only one spine for the whole story

4. To find a specific character’s spine, look for the character’s transforming event and its end result

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