Beyond the Screenplay

Beyond the Screenplay

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“Lessons from the Screenplay” creator Michael Tucker and the LFTS team do deeper dives into the storytelling of individual movies and chat with the creatives behind those films.


22: The Shining
Oct 30 • 78 min
The LFTS team discusses the psychological power of creepiness, whether or not the movie’s magic is intentional, and how the very process of writing can be terrifying. Sponsor You can try MUBI for free for 30 days at https://mubi.com/beyondthescreenplay…
21: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Oct 18 • 81 min
The LFTS team discusses how the evolution of technology influences filmmaking, whether or not an “every-person” still exists in film language, and why Sarah Connor’s transformation is important. Sponsor You can try MUBI for free for 30 days at…
20: Aliens
Oct 8 • 67 min
The LFTS team discusses space marines, the differences between horror movies and action movies, and why Ripley’s backstory matters. LFTS video on Aliens vs. Terminator 2: https://youtu.be/4x9mplwN3Lo Beyond the Screenplay Patreon:…
19: Ocean’s Eleven
Sep 20 • 70 min
The LFTS team discusses the importance of perspective when revealing information, what constitutes “lying to the audience,” and how Ocean’s 11 is just so freaking cool. Beyond the Screenplay Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/beyondthescreenplay LFTS Merch:…
18: The Social Network
Sep 3 • 65 min
The LFTS team discusses the intricate structure of the film, the collaboration between Sorkin and Fincher, and the incredible score. Beyond the Screenplay Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/beyondthescreenplay LFTS Video on The Social Network:…
17: Inglourious Basterds
Aug 16 • 81 min
The LFTS team discusses the history of nazis as on-screen bad guys, the importance of foreign languages in the film, and all things Tarantino. Mini-episode on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: https://www.patreon.com/posts/29164600 LFTS Video on Inglourious…
16: The Matrix (feat. Patrick (H) Willems)
Jul 31 • 67 min
The LFTS team chats with YouTube creator and filmmaker Patrick (H) Willems about The Matrix’s excellent storytelling, its exquisite production design, and why Keanu Reeves was the perfect Neo. Patrick (H) Willems YouTube Channel:…
15: Game of Thrones (feat. Alt Shift X & Just Write)
Jul 26 • 69 min
The LFTS team chats with the creators of YouTube channels Alt Shift X and Just Write about Game of Thrones. We discuss how the mode of storytelling changed in the later seasons, how we as creators approach creating content around for something as hotly…
14: Before Sunset
Jul 19 • 76 min
The LFTS team discusses the hidden structure of Before Sunset, the relationship of the films in the Before Trilogy, and what we would want from a fourth film in the series. LFTS Before Sunset Video Beyond the Screenplay Patreon:…
13: Screenwriter John August (Aladdin, Big Fish, Go)
Jun 28 • 63 min
The LFTS team chats with screenwriter John August about his writing process, his latest film, Aladdin, and his screenwriting software, Highland 2.5. John August Scriptnotes Podcast: https://johnaugust.com/scriptnotes Highland 2.5:…
12: Minority Report
Jun 14 • 100 min
The LFTS team discusses Steven Spielberg’s take on film noir (is it actually a film noir?), explore the ways in which the film is such a great example of design fiction, and debate the morality of Precrime. Minority Report LFTS Video:…
11: Inside Out
May 31 • 75 min
The LFTS team discusses why the Bing Bong scene always makes people cry (and terrifies Michael), the importance of emotional authenticity for authors, and how Inside Out is an example of perfect story structure. Inside Out LFTS Video Beyond the Screenplay…
10: Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame
May 10 • 78 min
The LFTS team discusses the unique storytelling challenge inherent in these movies and how the Marvel Cinematic Universe has affected our idea of what a film should be. Spider-Man: Homecoming LFTS Video: https://youtu.be/yXSW9JcQnik Beyond the Screenplay…
9: Gone Girl
Apr 26 • 82 min
The LFTS team discusses how Gone Girl came to be the first video on the channel, how the film cleverly reveals its information to the audience, and the complexities of navigating political context and controversy. Gone Girl LFTS Video Beyond the…
8: Adaptation
Apr 12 • 91 min
The LFTS team discusses the neurotic brilliance of the movie Adaptation, the process of creating our Adaptation short film, and all the reasons why writing is hard. Adaptation LFTS Video/Short Film: https://youtu.be/bsEkGGc5_OU Beyond the Screenplay…
7: Independence Day (feat. Lindsay Ellis)
Mar 29 • 72 min
The LFTS team chats with video essayist and writer Lindsay Ellis about Independence Day. We discuss her video comparing Independence Day with War of the Worlds, disaster movies in a post-9/11 world, and the challenges of making videos about film on…
6: The Silence of the Lambs
Mar 8 • 77 min
The LFTS team discusses how our videos can change dramatically as we develop them, the differences between the original screenplay for The Silence of the Lambs and the final film, and how the directorial choices elevated the movie beyond a normal…
5: Good Will Hunting
Mar 1 • 74 min
The LFTS team discusses the importance of considering the psychological journey of a character, the lengthy development process of Good Will Hunting, and the MPAA rating system. Good Will Hunting LFTS Video: https://youtu.be/bgLSgFDMF1k Beyond the…
4: Groundhog Day
Feb 15 • 67 min
The LFTS team discusses Groundhog Day (1993) and how it exploits its premise, the profound philosophy found within the story, and how to truly force a character to change. Groundhog Day LFTS Video: https://youtu.be/zSQZvAKfwvA Beyond the Screenplay…
3: Searching (feat. Aneesh Chaganty & Sev Ohanian)
Feb 7 • 69 min
The LFTS team interviews Aneesh Chaganty and Sev Ohanian, co-writers of Searching (2018), about how they took a traditional thriller story and adapted it to take place entirely on screens, their rigorous approach to collaboration and feedback, and the…
2: The Devil Wears Prada
Feb 7 • 68 min
The LFTS team discusses The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and how it efficiently sets up its story in the first ten pages, the long process most scripts go through to become great, and determine that casting Meryl Streep in your movie is a good idea. The Devil…
1: Shaun of the Dead
Feb 7 • 66 min
The LFTS team discusses Shaun of the Dead (2005) and how story should come from character, the similarities between horror and comedy, and the movies that scared us as kids. Shaun of the Dead LFTS Episode: https://youtu.be/mzqDiSr4jY4 Shaun of the Dead…
Trailer — Beyond the Screenplay
Feb 5 • 1 min
“Lessons from the Screenplay” creator Michael Tucker and the LFTS team do deeper dives into the storytelling of individual movies and chat with the creatives behind those films.