Structure: E.T.

As a young teenager, Close Encounters made the deepest impression on me. Five years later, E.T. became the first movie I ever went to see a second time in the cinema. It made me officially a Steven Spielberg fan. by Dave Trendall (structure breakdown) and Karel Segers (notes). I’m still a big Spielberg fan, although War Of The Worlds made … Read More


Structure: Animal Kingdom

2010 was the year for David Michôd’s critically acclaimed Animal Kingdom , which won a prize at Sundance, dominated the 2010 AFI Awards at home and recently got Jackie Weaver an Academy Award nom for Best Supporting Actress. by Nina Warren The aim of my analysis is not to critique the film but to observe whether the story’s structure followed … Read More

Structure: Up In The Air

I have written before why in my view Up In The Air didn’t work for a mainstream audience despite the generous attention the film received around Oscar time last year. This time we look at the detailed structure in acts and sequences. Only now, at the time of publication, I realize this is an excellent title for Valentine’s Day (though … Read More