What Can We Learn from the ‘Whiplash’ and ‘Black Swan’ Screenplays About Telling the Same Story, Differently



This video essay examines the structural similarities in the screenplays for Whiplash and Black Swan, two films about young artists willing to suffer for their dreams.


Lessons from the Screenplay’s Michael Tucker begins his essay by noting that both movies, released within a few years of each other, “were relatively low-budget, leaned heavily on their scripts, and led to Oscar wins for great performances. But most importantly, both of these films tell the tale of an artist seeking greatness who must first endure suffering and sacrifice.” The question is, how does each go about telling its story via its narrative structure, and what lessons can be learned from studying this?

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