SCREENWRITING

Screenwriting Lessons from Indiana Jones

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” has a lot to teach screenwriters about storytelling — and not always in ways you’d expect.

Mysterious Reveals

Realistic vs. Cinematic

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Double-Duty MacGuffin

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Teamwork

Rewriting on the Fly

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Deus Ex Machina

What is a Miracle?

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Earn Your Miracles

BRODY: “Well, I mean that for nearly three thousand years man has been searching for the lost Ark. It’s not something to be taken lightly. No one knows its secrets. It’s like nothing you’ve ever gone after before.”

INDIANA: “Oh, Marcus. What are you trying to do, scare me? You sound like my mother. We’ve known each other for a long time. I don’t believe in magic, a lot of superstitious hocus-pocus. I’m going after a find of incredible historical significance, you’re talking about the boogie man. Besides, you know what a cautious fellow I am.”

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Scary Goodness

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