Script Breakdown Example — Back to the Future!


– Can you imagine
creating a perfect film, an instant classic, a cinematic experience that inspires all
future generations. Today, we’re going to
tell you the story of “Back to the Future.” And show you how a
set of great notes, combined with a simple
script breakdown can save your production. But first, if you like our videos, don’t forget to subscribe
on the link below. Okay, you ready? Hold on to your Calvin Klein’s. “It`s written all
over you underwear.” When this baby hits
88 miles per-hour. You’re gonna see
some serious “shit.” Original draft of
“Back to the Future” was incredibly different
than the movie we know today. Professor Brown
became Doc Brown. The fridge turn into a DeLorean. And Marty McFly became more
of an everyman character. “It`s Calvin Klein. Oh my God, it’s a dream.” – In the early drafts, the time machine
was a time chamber. – In the draft I read,
it was a refrigerator. – He came in the office
one day and he said, I got a great idea.
Let’s put it in a DeLorean. “Wait a minute.
Wait a minute, Doc. Are you telling me you
built a time machine? Out of a DeLorean?” Take a look at this page from
the “Back to the Future” script where Marty meets
Dock at the mall. Look at all the
elements we have to tag, props now needs a skateboard, a camcorder, a stopwatch, and a Walkman. Transportation needs to make
sure you have a DeLorean and a truck candy. Costumes need to get a
sweet radiation suit. And Marty’s puffy vest. And don’t forget
Einstein the dog. Eventually,
the script went up at Universal. “This is it.” Where producer Steven
Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall helped get the
screenplay in order. – I thought it would only be
appropriate to go back to the one guy who’s the only person
who had faith in it, based on the material
itself and that was Stephen. – Universal wasn’t willing to pay for
the special effects for the atomic bomb at the end of the film. So they came up with
a lightning bolt. And then they use the clock
tower on universals back lot to cut costs. “Save the clock tower.” A most famous legend
about the movie is how the director replaced
lead actor Eric Stoltz a month into shooting
with Michael Jay Fox. – He’s a magnificent actor but his comedy sensibilities were very different than
what I had written with Bob. – All of us, seized upon Michael
Fox right from the beginning, but he wasn’t available. – I took of the
envelope and went, “It’s the best script
I’ve ever read.” – So,
did all this hard work matter? Hell yeah, did! All these additions made
“Back to the Future” the highest-grossing
film of 1985. The movie captured the
hearts and minds of viewers and became a cultural phenomenon that spawned two sequels. – When we made the first movie, we had no idea that it was
going to be successful. So we weren’t thinking
about doing a sequel. – “Back to the Future” is one of
the greatest movies ever made, but it’s important to remember
it didn’t get that way without a lot of hard work. Making a movie or TV show
is a ton of pressure, and you have to deal
with rapid changes. “Whoa, this is heavy.” Don’t worry, we want to help. StudioBinder has a
lot of free templates for storyboards treatments and even mood boards. Keep writing and we’ll
see you next time. Remember, where we’re going, we don’t need roads. ♪ ♪

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