Movie Script Analysis Lesson 1

Task 1:

Use this Quizlet to revise different key terminology for movement and voice: https://quizlet.com/_88aa6t?x=1qqt&i=wjd46

When you are ready, take the test: https://quizlet.com/497646101/test

Alternatively, there is a simple match up activity that you can download. It is not a complex match up task, but the focus is on learning the definitions of the terminology. This is information that you will need to learn and recall from memory. Check your answers with this webpage.

Task 2:

Have a look at this line from Star Wars said by Han Solo to Obi-Wan Kenobi during the film A New Hope:

It’s the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. I’ve outrun imperial starships. Not the local bulk cruisers, mind you. I’m talking about the big Corellian ships now. She’s fast enough for you, old man. What’s the cargo?

If you were playing the character Han Solo, how would you deliver this line to communicate that Han Solo is boasting about this spaceship? How would you use the different voice key terminology to deliver this line?

Task 3:

Read the whole extract from Star Wars.

Scene Context.

Obi-Wan and Luke are meeting with Han Solo to arrange passage off the planet of Tatooine to Alderaan. They want to go there because they need to get two droids, R2D2 and C3PO off the planet as quickly and as quietly as possible. On R2D2 there are the secret plans for the Death Star which they need to get to the rebels to help fight the Empire.

  1. Luke and Obi’Wan enter a bar and, seeing Han Solo, go over to him.
  2. SOLO:                    Han Solo. I’m captain of the Millennium Falcon. Chewie here tells me you’re
  3.                                 looking for passage to the Alderaan system.
  4. OBI’WAN:           Yes, indeed, if it’s a fast ship.
  5. SOLO:                    Fast ship? You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon?
  6. LUKE:                    Should I have?
  7. SOLO:                    It’s the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. I’ve outrun
  8.                                 imperial starships. Not the local bulk cruisers, mind you. I’m talking about
  9.                                 the big Corellian ships now. She’s fast enough for you, old man. What’s the
  10.                               cargo?
  11. OBI’WAN:           Only passengers… myself, the boy, two droids, and no questions asked.
  12. SOLO:                   What is it, some kind of local trouble?
  13. OBI’WAN:           Let’s just say we’d like to avoid any imperial entanglements.
  14. SOLO:                  Well, that’s the real trick, isn’t it? And it’s gonna cost you something extra.
  15.                               10,000, all in advance.
  16. LUKE:                  10,000? We could almost buy our own ship for that!
  17. SOLO:                   But who’s gonna fly it, kid, you?
  18. LUKE:                   You bet I could. I’m not such a bad pilot myself. We don’t have to sit here
  19.                                and listen-
  20. OBI’WAN:           We can pay you 2,000 now plus 15 when we reach Alderaan.
  21. SOLO:                   Seventeen, huh? O.K. You guys got yourselves a ship. We’ll leave as soon as  
  22.                               you’re ready.

Task 5

It would be easier if you can print this out. You can either print this whole page out or download it. If you don’t have access to a printer, I have numbered the lines so that you can write do the next exercise on paper without having to print out this page.

Annotate each of the characters lines to indicate both the characters emotions and motivation for saying the line. Be careful, as the characters emotions and/or motivations may change in the middle of a line!

Task 6

Choose one of the characters to focus on. Annotate their lines to show how you would use your voice to communicate the characters emotions and motivations. Annotate their lines for the way you would say their lines as well. Make sure you use a range of different voice Key Terminology when doing this.

Task 7

Answer this question in full sentences.

How would you communicate your interpretation of your character to the audience through the use of voice?