Craig and John spend the entire episode discussing and dissecting Raiders of the Lost Ark, looking at both its structure and scene work.
This amazing and iconic 1981 film established so much of what we expect of out movie heroes and set pieces — but a lot of what it does would have a hard time getting through modern studio development. Five-minute exposition scenes! Nazi monkeys! Helpless heroes at the climax!
And yet it works so well. There are great lessons to be learned for screenwriters in every genre.
This episode originally aired on January 22, 2013.
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- George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Larry Kasdan’s Raiders story conference transcripts
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- Outro this week is A British Tar from the HMS Pinafore by Gilbert and Sullivan, performed by John Rhys-Davies (send us yours!)
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UPDATE 1-25-13: The transcript of this episode can be found here.