Anna X.

The Journey

OPENING IMAGE

Giant stone pillars rise out of the earth, people are praying in the towers, while the main character looks away to the sky.

SET-UP

Pillars are dedicated to a god, servants inside the pillar believe they have important roles keeping the world in balance and are kept separate from people on the ground.

THEME STATED

The main character has been keeping captive an intruder from the outside, B character. B character tries to get released tempting the other with the freedom of the outside.

CATALYST

They are discovered and the main and B character are thrown out of the tower .

DEBATE

The main character is at a loss for what to do, the B character wants to leave the her behind to return to her job as a treasure hunter.

BREAK INTO TWO

The main character decides that she needs to fix her mistakes and return by traveling to the main tower. She convinces B character to come along with the promise of treasure.

B-STORY

In the outside world, the main character does not know how to live without restrictions.

PROMISE OF THE PREMISE

During their travels, their relationship develops amid signs of the world around them falling into disorder. The main character becomes more convinced that she needs to journey to the main tower to fix her mistakes.

MID-POINT

They finally arrive at the main tower and are allowed to enter. The main character has almost succeeded in fixing her perceived mistakes.

BAD GUYS CLOSE IN

They are escorted to the highest priest, the main character, believing this is an opportunity, tries to tell him about the devastation in the outside world.

ALL IS LOST

The head priest tries to convince the main character to sacrifice herself, but the B character sees through his lies and the truth behind the towers is revealed.

DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL

They are put in separate prisons and, thinking that the B character is dead, the main character looses all hope.

BREAK INTO THREE

The B character shows up to break her out of her cell and the main character decides to confront the head priest one last time for the sake of the people living outside.

FINALE

They fight their way up to where the god is captured and manage to break it free. The god leaves destroying all the towers in its wake.

FINAL IMAGE

As the towers crumble, the main and B characters fall together.

Cinematic Beat Boards

These layouts were done as a part of a collaborative project with Sandra Vanegas and Adeline Kon, under the tutelage of Shanth Enjeti. Following Blake Snyder's "beat sheet" format for screenwriting, we produced 2 narratives, "The Journey" and "In the Night," and proceeded to create cinematic layouts for each "beat." 

"The Journey" is co-written by Anna Xuan and Adeline Kon.

Full written narrative "Beat Sheets" can be found here:

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