The Director’s Script Analysis – Digging Deeper (Part One)

by Peter D. Marshall

After you have done your general analysis of the script, you then start to dig deeper into the story and it’s structure.

1. what is the PLOT? (carries the action)

2. what is the SUB-PLOT (carries the theme)

3. what is the THEME/IDEA? (what is the story about – the message)

4. what is the LOGIC? (does the story make sense)

5. what creates the TENSION? (what will happen next)

6. what is the MAIN QUESTION? (what problem is to be solved)

7. what is the MAIN ACTION/SPINE? (what event hooks the audience)

8. what is the CAUSE OF THE ACTION? (what happens to the main character)

9. what is the RESULTING ACTION? (the answer to the main question)

10. what are the ACTION POINTS (dramatic events that cause a reaction)
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