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1 U64022 SCREENWRITING ADVANCED WEEK 7 SHORT FORMATS (2) CRIME DRAMA

2 SHORT FORMAT – C.S.I. TV format  42 minutes ca. TWO ACTS of 20-21’ each + Credit sequences 1’ ± 30 scenes  1’20” per scene  rhythm + narrative development ACT 1 – Crime, investigations, major turning point ACT 2 – Complications/further investigations, confrontation U64022 Screenwriting: Advanced Level

3 ACT 1 – CRIME (3’50”) U64022 Screenwriting: Advanced Level

4 2. (2’00”) CRIME SCENE w/Grissom and Willows  victim is found  investigation starts Corpse in the bath + tape  serial killer’s signature  pattern (fake suicide, taped message to mother) Millander’s past (info to viewer)  father’s killed (trauma + oedipal complex w/references to mother)  Freud, personality, identity REVELATION #1  victims’ birthday (16 august) in descending order (1959, 1958, 1957…. 1056?)  Grissom  investigator becomes a potential victim  narrative short circuit  personal level 1.(1’20”) PROLOGUE (Vegas  first establishing shot = landmark of the CSI saga) Car,rain, lights, darkness Stranger, no face Scanty use of dialogue, effective use of sound

5 ACT 1 – INVESTIGATION (11’10”) U64022 Screenwriting: Advanced Level

6 3. (1’10”) EVIDENCE COLLECTION (scene 2 cont’ed) Rest of team (i.e. Warrick, Nick, Sarah) arrives on crime scene  altogether, 1 plot FB of past crimes (info on Millander) TASKS  triadic narrative structure in this section Analysis of evidence #1 (tape)  Nick to lab  SCIENCE + TECH Analysis of space (crime scene) for further evidence  Sarah & Warrick  LOGIC, context Analysis of body  Grissom & Willows  HUMAN Role of secondary characters in this particular section 4 Labs: coroner, AV, DNA, mechanic SCIENCE + TECHLOGICBODY / HUMAN

7 U64022 Screenwriting: Advanced Level SCIENCE + TECHLOGICBODY / HUMAN 4. (35”) More on Crime Scene a. Rain = no traces b. Footprints (evidence #2)  interpretation = deep, heavy

8 U64022 Screenwriting: Advanced Level SCIENCE + TECHLOGICBODY / HUMAN 5. (1’00”) More on corpse in bath a. (evidence #3) Black on face, no powder, just one hole in chest  interpretation = second hidden bullet? b. (evidence #4) Hair in water  Whose?  TO BE ANALYSED IN LAB

9 U64022 Screenwriting: Advanced Level SCIENCE + TECHLOGICBODY / HUMAN 6. (30”) AV Lab (Archie) a. Tape manipulated (recorded in car, not in the warehouse) * b. Analysis of audio track i. Radio station  int. broadcast time? ii. Left speaker broken  int. Millander was driving car

10 U64022 Screenwriting: Advanced Level SCIENCE + TECHLOGICBODY / HUMAN 7. (20”) More on Crime Scene Road, Walker’s car (Brass)  int. Millander was hitch hiking  Q: How did he know the driver’s birthday?

11 U64022 Screenwriting: Advanced Level SCIENCE + TECHLOGICBODY / HUMAN 8. (1’10”) Body scanned (Robbins, coroner/autopsy) i. Only 1 bullet ii. Black on face  interpretation = 2 faces (evil VS good)

12 U64022 Screenwriting: Advanced Level SCIENCE + TECHLOGICBODY / HUMAN 9. (40”) More on Crime Scene Skin fragment in car (evidence #5)  interpretation = 2 shots (window, black on face + chest)

13 U64022 Screenwriting: Advanced Level SCIENCE + TECHLOGICBODY / HUMAN 10. (1’10”) DNA Lab (Greg) Hair i. woman  int. NO Millander’s ii. old  left on purpose? Whose?

14 U64022 Screenwriting: Advanced Level SCIENCE + TECHLOGICBODY / HUMAN 11. (1’10”) Car Lab a. Greg  narrative device to sum up Millander’s story b. serial number (evidence #6)  ???

15 U64022 Screenwriting: Advanced Level SCIENCE + TECH Nick LOGIC Sarah + Warrick BODY / HUMAN Grissom + Willows 4. (35”) More on Crime Scene 5. (1’00”) More on corpse in bath 6. (30”) AV Lab (Archie) 7. (20”) More on Crime Scene 8. (1’10”) Body scanned (Robbins) 9. (40”) More on Crime Scene 10. (1’10”) DNA Lab (Greg) 11. (1’10”) Car Lab

16 U64022 Screenwriting: Advanced Level 12. (1’35”) TEAM MEETING (When? Where? How?) Hypotheses  Objective POV Grissom not paying attention  subjective level  clues  bio = story Brass arrives  info on victim = same route + fine (evidence #7) 13. (35”) DATABASE SEARCH Comparison between victims  birthday, fines, same policeman  DEDUCTION 14. (30”) QUESTIONS TO POLICEMAN (sort of witness) Complaints  court  DEDUCTION  CLOSE TO SOLUTION??

17 ACT 1 – MAJOR TURNING POINT (5’) U64022 Screenwriting: Advanced Level

18 15. (2’40”) COURT REVELATION #2  Millander = Judge Douglas Mason  Killer = justice administrator  IDENTITY FACE-TO-FACE Grissom  unexpected, no control (error), VS law Catherine  forced to inaction  control 16. (2’20”) GRISSOM IN JAIL (FRUSTRATION)  FACE-TO-FACE cont’ed Theory on doubles (quotes Brugger  scientific authority  IDENTITY questioned)  to lead the audience off track Role reversal  Challenges truth Quick detail of ID card  IMPORTANT later Unexpected invitation to dinner Personal level brought forward, new challenge Sweat, DNA, objective level brought forward Narrative hook to start new act

19 ACT 2 – COMPLICATION / FURTHER INVESTIGATION (12’30”) U64022 Screenwriting: Advanced Level

20 17. (1’05”) DNA LAB Hair analysed exogenous steroid hormones  female (why hair was there?) reconstruction of identity 18. (2’05”) MASONS’ HOUSE Wife, new life, new family (son)  new identity OR not? Son  photo + ID card  subliminal to viewer 19. (1’) LAB Fingerprint DATABASE  judge = Mason  new identity confirmed Millander in control of situation

21 U64022 Screenwriting: Advanced Level 20. (0’55”) OFFICE Investigation on Mason (NOT Millander) No certificate of birth Taxes  property  Isabel (Millander’s mother) 21. (4’50”) ISABEL’S HOUSE (witness) Info on Millander’s past  Father Daughter’s room  Pauline  dead Baseball card + hair + ashtray with green substance (evidence # 7, 8, 9)

22 U64022 Screenwriting: Advanced Level 22. (1’) DNA LAB Greg says Millander’s clever  Grissom does not appreciate  personal level 23. (0’50”) FINGERPRINT DATABASE Sticker compared  Mason = Paul Millander 24. (0’40”) DNA LAB Hair  xx chromosome  female  Pauline = Paul (REVELATION #3) 25. (0’50”) ISABEL’S HOUSE 2 Millander’s mother admits  IDENTITY RECONSTRUCTED

23 ACT 3 – CONFRONTATION (8’10”) U64022 Screenwriting: Advanced Level

24 26. (3’30”) INTERROGATION ROOM (FACE-TO-FACE, FINALE #1) Confession Sexual identity FB Millander’s father homicide  sense of guilt  psychoanalysis  therapy / catharsis EVERYTHING SOLVED? DNA test  identity = vague Q: Why did he not kill Grissom as we supposed he planned to do? 27. (1’) TRIAL Last scheduled (self-defence) Millander’s escape 28. (0’20”) CCTV ID Card (vagueness of identity) + Millander’s irony Q: Have they failed?

25 FINALE #2 U64022 Screenwriting: Advanced Level

26 29. (0’25”) OFFICE Everything seems lost Detail (evidence #10, REVELATION #4)  Walker (the victim) had no mother  Grissom got a clue  New climax 30. (2’35”) ISABEL’S HOUSE 3 Isabel dead Millander in the bath  New crime (last) Tape (evidence #1)  message Certificate of birth (17 august 1956) (evidence #2) CASE SOLVED

27 U64022 Screenwriting: Advanced Level CREDIT SEQUENCE: “Who are you?” by The Who (see spin-offs) Rock  rhythm, teasing, involvement Who  objective truth (science) + subjective level (human)


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