It contains amazing set pieces, dialogue, and exposition. Screenplays are living documents that change at every level. So check those images out if you want to learn more. It was written by Lawrence Kasdan with a story by George Lucas and contains a multitude of screenwriting lessons.
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It contains amazing set pieces, dialogue, and exposition. Screenplays are living documents that change at every level. So check those images out if you want to learn more.
It was written by Lawrence Kasdan with a story by George Lucas and contains a multitude of screenwriting lessons. Read the Raiders of the Lost Ark script here! All three men had been raised on the adventure serials from television in the s and s.
They had a basis for the kinds of heroes and adventures they went on, but how did they make them their own? The answer laid in honoring the past tropes, but also giving them a modern twist.
One of the best sequences in cinematic history is the opening of Raiders of the Lost Ark. There are traps, indigenous people, faraway lands, and action. There are subtle jokes and a wink and a nod to the audience that this movie was going to be all about cliffhangers and the ride. Set pieces in the Raider of the Lost Ark script Part of the endless action in this movie comes from the incredible set pieces.
No matter where Indy is, action and trouble follow. As you can see, Marion is quickly in over her head with the Nazis. By the time Indy steps into the limelight, she could use a hand.
But the interesting thing about Marion and the subversion of the genre is that she can hold her own. This scene does a good job delivering the gunfire and excitement of a typical setpiece without the damsel in distress.
These two characters play off each other, as they do in most of these scenes. The comedy and interplay during the action also give us a keen sense of character. The rumor is that Harrison Ford was sick that day so he just shot the sword-wielding actor. Sure, it was just a nut-kick, but it was in the spirit of the gunshot. Which means Spielberg, Lucas, and Kasdan knew they needed a comedic beat here. It just took them a while to find the right one. Look how the dialogue is a give and take.
Since this is about men all trying to be the smartest person in the world, we get a ton of exposition out in the open through rivalry. Each side trying to impress the other. Since we have this dance we get information like a gift.
So much exposition it lasts seven minutes. Now, download the third script in the series and learn how theme and character dictate an adventure. And deal with your daddy issues. Click to learn more!
Read the 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' Script
Plot[ edit ] In , American archaeologist Indiana Jones braves an ancient booby-trapped temple in Peru to retrieve a golden idol. Surrounded and outnumbered, Jones is forced to surrender the idol to Belloq but manages to escape aboard a waiting seaplane. Two Army Intelligence agents later interview Jones at Marshall College, where he holds a teaching position, and inform him that the Nazis are working with his old mentor, Abner Ravenwood, whom Jones studied under at the University of Chicago. The Nazis know that Ravenwood is the leading expert on the ancient city of Tanis in Egypt , and that he possesses the headpiece of an ancient Egyptian artifact known as "the Staff of Ra ". Jones deduces that the Nazis are searching for the Ark of the Covenant , believing it will grant their armies invincibility. The agents authorize Jones to recover the Ark. Jones visits Marion at her tavern before a group of thugs arrive with their Nazi commander Arnold Toht , seeking the headpiece.
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Aided by ex-lover Marion and long time friend Sallah, Indy races around the world — from Nepal, to Egypt, to the Greek isles — while fighting his archenemy Dr. Belloq and other nefarious Nazi characters to single-handedly prevent Hitler and the Nazis from turning the biblical artifact into a weapon of world conquest and domination. Hearing the click of a gun, exploration party leader, Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, expertly disarms the traitor with a bullwhip. Indy is fearless and intelligent, with overconfident impatience.
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark