Screenplay Techniques and Scene Types

This list has circulated around the net for years; I’m not able to find the names of the original authors. But according to some film theorists it covers all the bases: every type of scene or screenplay technique that can be used in film.

That’s a big claim, and easy to doubt. But I’ve seen it applied to about a dozen different movie scripts and so far it hasn’t met a scene it can’t taxonomize.

This is part of my research for ScenePlay (perhaps obviously), but I figured some of you might be of the type to find it equally useful for other purposes. Knock yourself out!

Screenplay Techniques and Scene Types (PDF)


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