Plot Breakdown: Back to the Future

This is a breakdown of the plot to Back To The Future. It divides the plot into 38 beats and the time they occur, rounded to the nearest minute. The beats are color-coded to show which quest chain is active at that time, and the beats are broken down into 6 sub-beats. Instances of foreshadowing are mapped to the beat they influence and are color coded according to their purpose.

Note: This diagram incorporates the Save The Cat formula but changes it a little and includes additional labels and notes.

Click the picture below to enlarge the image. Click here to download an Excel spreadsheet of the plot breakdown.

 

Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting breakdowns of the plot to Avatar, Titanic and Star Wars, as well as a blank template with instructions. Click the “Follow” button on the right to receive E-mail notifications of new posts.

Back to the future Plot Picture

 

 

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