Gone Girl — Don't Underestimate the Screenwriter

Lessons from the Screenplay25 decembra, 2021

Gone Girl uses classic screenwriting techniques to tell its twisty, modern noir story. This video examines three of the techniques used by screenwriter Gillian Flynn to see how and why they work so well.

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(46) comments

  • 14:43 Did you hurt yourself… when you fell from the heavens?

  • 10:58 Ask me why I’m so happy and I’ll give you a mirror.

  • 9:04 If your heart was a prison, I’d want to be sentenced to life.

  • Tien Pham25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    14:06 Did you hurt yourself… when you fell from the heavens?

  • 4:00 you never talk to cops – never.

  • Bill25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    In describing a scene he made it clear that each scene has a beginning, middle and end similar to the story. The last line or action in each scene should play the story forward relative to character, plot or both. In short, screenwriting is a craft.

  • Also notable since Gillian Flynn was the writer of the original novel, and it's not an easy thing to go from having 300 solid pages to work your story into as opposed 120-140 pages of mostly dialogue and direction.

  • cinema lover25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    "Let the punishment fit the crime"
    One of my favorite lines in the movie…

  • Absolutely loved this breakdown. Who knew you could be inspired by the phrase, "ugly pause." Gillian Flynn is a master, as are you for this fantastic video.

  • Akiho Shiraishi25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    1. 명료한 지시
    2. 역삼각형 대화구조: 처음에는 프레임 마지막에는 임팩트 있는 짧은 상황정리

  • I keep coming back to this video. Very good sir 👌

  • TeePh25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    thank you for such eye-opening content

  • Can you do Pulp Fiction?

  • himura haibara25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    Divorce was not an easy way out for a broke dude like Nick.
    And I do think one of reasons why amy chose this instead of divorce was because divorce would be a failure in Amazing Amy's record and Amy won't have that.

  • Ronnie J25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    This is the only movie that literally had me on the edge on my seat amazing from start to finish

  • Thank you for this. It is a great help.

  • KM25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    It's been a long time since I've watched this film again, but it's still a masterpiece.

  • Selena25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    1, , 私の最新の個人的なビデオはここにあります ⤵️❤プライベートセックス トップAVビデオに参加する

    ライブ配信の再編ありがとうです!この日のライブ配信は、かならりやばかったですね!1万人を超える人が見ていたもんね(笑)やっぱり人参最高!まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした!今後は気を付けないとね. .
    #まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした #垃圾 今後は気をライブ配信の再編ありがとうです!この日のライブ配信は、かならりやばかったですね!1万人を超える人が見ていたもん(笑)やっぱり人参最高!まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした,. 💖🖤在整個人類歷史上,強者,富人和具有狡猾特質的人捕食部落,氏族,城鎮,城市和鄉村中的弱者,無`'守和貧窮成員。然而,人類的生存意願迫使那sfdsd些被拒絕,被剝奪或摧毀的基本需求的人們找到了一種生活方式,並繼續將其DNA融入不斷發展的人類社會。. 說到食物,不要以為那些被拒絕的人只吃垃圾。相反,他們學會了在被忽視的肉類和蔬菜中尋找營養。他們學會了清潔,切塊,調味和慢燉慢燉的野菜和肉類,在食品„

  • A lil weeb25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    Gona girl is a fucking horror movie. i just had to take this off my chest

  • ARNAV NIGAM25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    And here I am watching movies just to see your videos. Amazing stuff!

  • I‘ve always asked myself why actors and directors get so much credit… don’t the writers and screenwriters do one of the biggest part?

  • Wish this was longer

  • Aida fani25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    This was really interesting!! Thank you!

  • Couldn't the writer have thought of a better way of making the woman "lose" other than slipping on a banana peel?

  • Logan Welty25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    Finally got to see this movie tonight. MASTERPIECE. Thoroughly enjoyed this video you made as well, super informative 🤙

  • k r25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    in reality this would never work. too many potholes she left behind. cops will definitely catch her being that its a homicide. like for eg. where did she get hold of the box cutter? this is a legitimate question being a murder weapon, and in this movie the cop was like " stfu man, she is back, be happy" is not a valid answer and is not going to be in reallife situation. they will go through every scenario in detail and if they find inconsistency which already did when interviewing the first time she was back, she will get caught soon after.

  • Daniel Rosa25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    It would be so amazing i you analyzed "Thelma and Louise"'s script by Callie Khouri!

  • rewatched this video because it was recommended to me again…i truly loved the way you presented the ideas. it was so indulging and it made me want to study cinematography!

  • Ali Qazilbash25. decembra 2021Odpovedať


  • Fio Wang25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    Came here after Whiplash/Black Swan video hehe

  • Ovan6125. decembra 2021Odpovedať


  • This is a fantastic video.
    Thank you so much for sharing this video.

  • You can NOT have a Good Movie without having a GREAT Screenplay…
    It is just that simple.

  • John Boushka25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    I'll check into these videos. Tyler Mowery (Practical Screenwriting) recommends watching this channel. I do recall this film…

  • Kyle Hasegawa25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    A lot of people teach to stay away from these flowery action lines that don't really say anything, but I love them.

  • Nafis Mustafa25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    please please, please make a video on Birdman or an unexpected virtue of ignorance

  • lea maltar 1.e25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    usually my patience runs out at about 2 hours in a movie but THIS! i was hookedr till the last second. The music also made me scratch my ears out.

  • Ali Qazilbash25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    I am going to have to report her to the police and get a restraining order

  • Joseph Guerin25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    I've noted with this posting that all of the examples of shrewd screenwriting on Gillian Flynn's part take place before Desi's murder. What happened after this scene demonstrates why all the clever scripting in the world cannot cover bad storyboarding. Aside from being wildly implausible the trajectory this movie (& to a lesser extent the book) took eventually took the scripting down with it.
    The momentum shift in Amy's favor had me & apparently many others asking questions much in the same way detective Boney was during the FBI interrogation scene. With this scene the movie veers off into "Basic Instinct" territory with the entire set of FBI agents huddled at the far end of the room like they were afraid of asking hard questions. It took detective Boney to at least attempt a few questions about her "rape chronicles" diary about Nick & why given all that was she so happy to be back in her tormentor's arms. She got hushed up by the Feds because this is Gillian Flynn's world where everything is sh-t & sunshine is not permitted.
    The script after this point splintered between social satire (Ms. Abbot & the news media), tragedy (Margo & the unborn kid), & horror (Amy & Nick). The dialog was atrocious. One lumpen piece of script seemed designed to have the audience get a peek of Rosemund Pike & Ben Affleck in the buff. Considering what the movie could have been this was beyond cynical.
    Finally, total darkness is as dubious as total sunshine. Good drama requires pathos. The villain does not fully succeed or succeeds @ a cost. The storyboarding of this film drew flags all over the place, & for what? I'm taking the high road here flagging the movie on contradictions & continuity errors. I haven't even hit upon how offensive & yes – chauvinistic this film is. It showed in the rushed script & even the cast themselves that reflected a desire to just collect their paychecks & leave the train wreck behind. That included detective Boney.
    I've written & posted a full review of the book & movie on if any would care to read it

  • dist tore25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    Gone Girl (2014) Fúll MöVíé
    All Subtitle

    Це механізм, який ми
    використовуємо для встановлення
    Кеннеди, Жонсон нарын тэргүүлэгчид, Вьетнам,

  • BAPEDA Channel25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    Gone Girl (2014) ⮘ f'u'l'l M'o'V'i'E ⮘
    `All Subtitle`

    la Nouvelle-Orléans, un adolescent marchand et un policier local doivent faire équipe avec un ancien soldat pour
    _faire tomber le groupe responsable de sa fabrication.""""
    ê Lorsqu'une pilule qui donne aux utilisateurs cinq minutes de super pouvoirs inattendus arrive dans les rues de

  • A G25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    That was great!! Thank you.

  • Matilda Mokina25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    WHO translate all his wonderful videos to different languages? Thanks a lot to this man/people!!

  • Greatest subplot character is Svidrigailov from "Crime and punishment" who is an active protagonist, but this still works because he is the opposide side of the same coin as Raskolnikov (main protagonist).

  • Clara Christina25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    Gone Girl (2014) f'u"l'l M'0'V'l"e

    ê Lorsqu'une pilule qui donne aux utilisateurs cinq minutes de super pouvoirs inattendus arrive dans les rues de
    la Nouvelle-Orléans, un adolescent marchand et un policier local doivent faire équipe avec un ancien soldat pour
    √faire tomber le groupe responsable de sa fabrication."""**"

  • Nathalie25. decembra 2021Odpovedať

    Gone Girl (2014) ۞ Fúll MöVíé ۞

    ê Lorsqu'une pilule qui donne aux utilisateurs cinq minutes de super pouvoirs inattendus arrive dans les rues de
    la Nouvelle-Orléans, un adolescent marchand et un policier local doivent faire équipe avec un ancien soldat pour
    —faire tomber le groupe responsable de sa fabrication. √™.11-

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