Plot Outline of “Jurassic Park”

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Beat Acts Action Sequences Beat Description Storylines
1
1
Hammond recruits Team 1 to tour Jurassic Park and endorse it.
Prologue foreshadowing teaser Muldoon oversees transportation of a raptor in a crate at Jurassic Park. Things go bad, and the raptor eats a worker. Muldoon
Raptors
2
Hammond offers Grand and Ellie the quest to visit Jurassic Park. After refusing the call, they agree.
At an amber mine in the Dominican Republic, Donald and Rostagno have a conversation about how Hammond should be dealing with the lawsuit involving the worker who was killed in Beat 1. Their conversation is interrupted when a worker says they found another mosquito trapped in amber. Donald
Rostagno
(Hammond )
3 At the dig site, Rostagno and Donald inspect a piece of Amber with a mosquito. Rostagno and Donald discuss how Hammond needs experts to vouch for Jurassic Park. Donald says they need Grant, and Donald says Grant won’t come because he’s too wrapped up in digging. Donald
Rostagno
(Grant )
(Ellie )
4 At a dig site in Montana, Grant and Ellie analyze the fossilized remains of a group of raptors and discuss the danger and behavior of raptors. Grant
Ellie
(Kid)
5 Grant and Ellie use a sonar-type machine to analyze more raptor fossils underground. They discuss the danger and behavior of raptors more, and Grant mentions he hates children. Grant
Ellie
Kid
6 Hammond (Grant and Ellie’s benefactor) lands at the dig site in a helicopter and tells them he needs them to vouch for his new park. They refuse, but he bribes them by offering to fund their digs for three more years. Hammond
Grant
Ellie
7
2
Dodgson hires Nedry to steal DNA from Hammond. Team 1 enters Jurassic park and learns how it works.
Inciting incident to the central conflict
Dodgson gives Nedry the quest to steal DNA.
At a café in Costa Rica, Nedry meets with Dodgson to discuss stealing dinosaur DNA from Jurassic Park. Nedry
Dodgson
8
Ellie, Grant, Hammond, Malcolm and Donald arrive at Jurassic Park and we see their first reactions.
Grant, Hammond, Malcolm, Ellie and Donald ride a helicopter to Jurassic Park and introduce themselves to each other. Hammond
Grant
Ellie
Malcolm
Donald
9 The helicopter lands, and the occupants get out and then get in a caravan of jeeps. Donald tells Hammond that if he’s not convinced the park is safe in 48 hours, he’ll tell the other investors and shut it down. Hammond
Grant
Ellie
Malcolm
Donald
10 In a jeep, Ellie is amazed by the existence of an extinct plant while Grant spots a brontosaurus and Hammond enjoys watching them. Ellie
Grant
Hammond
Brontosaurus
11 Ellie, Grant and Hammond discuss the brontosaurus, and Hammond mentions they have a T-rex. Donald says to himself that the park is going to make a fortune. Hammond
Grant
Ellie
Malcolm
Donald
(T-rex )
12
Ellie, Grant, Hammond, Malcolm and Donald receive an introduction to the features and rules of Jurassic Park.
Ellie, Grant, Hammond, Donald and Malcolm arrive at the visitor’s center and continue marveling at the park’s existence. Hammond
Grant
Ellie
Malcolm
Donald
13 Ellie, Grant, Hammond, Donald and Malcolm sit in an auditorium and watch a video explaining how dinosaurs were brought back to life using DNA from mosquitos trapped in amber, spliced with frog DNA. Hammond
Grant
Ellie
Malcolm
Donald
14 The auditorium seats move past the genetics lab where Nedry will later steal his DNA samples from. Grant, Ellie, Donald and Malcolm jump out of their seats and demand to see the hatchery. Hammond acquiesces to their request. Hammond
Grant
Ellie
Malcolm
Donald
15 Dr. Wu shows Grant, Ellie, Hammond, Donald and Malcolm a hatching dinosaur. Hammond reveals that all the dinosaurs in the park are engineered to be female. Malcolm says “you can’t control anything” and nature will find a way to adapt. Hammond also reveals the hatchling is a raptor. Dr. Wu
Grant
Ellie
Hammond
Donald
Malcolm
Raptor
16 Against Hammond’s protests, Grant leads Ellie, Hammond, Donald and Malcolm to the adult raptor pen to see them. Muldoon shows up and says the raptors are too dangerous (fast, smart and high jumpers) and should be destroyed. Muldoon also mentions the fences in Jurassic Park are electrified. Grant
Hammond
Ellie
Malcolm
Donald
Muldoon
Raptor
17 State the theme and foreshadow the central conflict Hammond, Grant, Ellie, Donald and Malcolm eat lunch at the visitor’s center. Hammond tells the group they’re about to take a basic tour of the park. Donald is giddily greedy about how much money the park is going to make. Malcolm reiterates that mother nature can’t be controlled. He says, “Your scientists were so preoccupied with what they could do, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” Ellie sides with Malcolm, and Grant sides with Donald. Hammond
Grant
Ellie
Malcolm
Donald
18
3
Team 2 is sent on a tour while Team 1 stays in the control room. Team 2 evacuates the staff due to a bad storm approaching while Nedry prepares to steal DNA.
Begin the tour quest and introduce Tim and Lex.
Hammond, Grant, Ellie, Donald and Malcolm walk through the visitor’s center enroute to the jeeps, and Hammond introduces them to his grandchildren, Tim and Lex. Hammond informs them Tim and Lex will be joining them on the tour. Hammond
Grant
Ellie
Malcolm
Donald
Tim
Lex
19 Grant, Ellie, Donald, Malcolm, Tim and Lex get in a caravan of jeeps. Hammond informs the group that the jeeps are automated and can’t be manually controlled. Then he excuses himself from the group, and Tim latches onto Grant, much to Grant’s dismay. Hammond
Grant
Ellie
Malcolm
Donald
Tim
Lex
20 Introduce complication to tour quest Bad weather In the Control room Muldoon tells Hammond a major tropical storm is approaching the island but may veer away. Hammond presses a button to begin the caravan of jeep’s automated tour. Muldoon
Hammond
21 Tour stop #1 Lull before the storm
Hammond fails test #1 due to his flaw
Foreshadow conflict with Dilophosaurs
The jeep caravan passes by the dilophosaur enclosure, but there are no dinosaurs to be seen. Hammond’s prerecorded voice narrates the tour through the jeep’s speakers saying the species of dinosaur they’re passing (but can’t see) is dilophosaurus, carnivore that spits blinding venom at its victims, which Nedry will be killed by later. Grant
Ellie
Malcolm
Donald
Tim
Lex
(Dilophosaurs )
22 Hammond experiences the repercussions of his failure while Nedry and Hammond get to know each other. In the Control room, Arnold notices there’s a glitch with the jeeps’ headlights and says the park is full of glitches. Nedry says he did an exemplary job designing the park’s computer systems for the paltry sum he was paid, and Hammond tells Nedry to stop complaining about his financial problems, which is nobody’s business but his own. Arnold
Nedry
Hammond
23 Tour stop #2 Lull before the storm
Hammond fails test #2 due to his flaw
Foreshadow conflict with T-rex
The jeeps approach the T-rex viewing area. Malcom continues to express his skepticism towards creating dinosaurs. A goat is lowered into the T-rex pen but fails to lure out the T-rex. Grant says T-rexes are hunters, and this isn’t their natural environment. The disappointed group doesn’t get to see the T-rex. Malcolm
(T-rex )
Grant
Ellie
Donald
Tim
Lex
24 Malcolm and Ellie get to know each other.
Malcolm restates the theme
As a repercussion of Hammond’s failure, Grant strays from the path, leading the team with him.
Malcom hits on Ellie and explains why nature can’t be controlled or predicted because of chaos theory. Grant sees something interesting that makes him jump out of the jeep, and everyone follows him. Malcolm
Ellie
25 Hammond experiences the repercussion of his failure and lament that the team has strayed from the path. In the Control room, Hammond, Muldoon and Arnold lament the visitors are jumping out of the jeeps. Meanwhile, Nedry prepares to steal dinosaur DNA. Hammond
Muldoon
Arnold
Nedry
26 The bad weather complication to the tour quest increases
Team continues off the path and finds an opportunity for adventure.
Dark clouds approach on the horizon as Grant leads Ellie, Malcolm, Donald, Tim and Lex through a field to where Harding is tending to a sick triceratops. Tim annoys Grant while Donald acts scared. Ellie diagnoses that the triceratops is sick from eating poisonous plants that Harding didn’t think triceratopses ate. Grant
Ellie
Malcolm
Donald
Tim
Lex
Harding
Triceratops
27 Hammond decides to quit the tour mission and call the team back due to the bad weather complication. In the Control room, Arnold, Muldoon and Hammond decide to end the tour and evacuate non-essential staff due to the impending tropical storm. Arnold
Muldoon
Hammond
28 The team continues enjoying their opportunity off the path. They succeed at their side quest but it’s a false victory, because they won’t be able to escape Jurassic Park by Jeep as a result. In the field, with Grant, Donald, Malcolm, Tim and Lex looking on, Ellie meets Harding and digs through a pile of triceratops dung and discovers the sick triceratops hasn’t been eating the poisonous plant. Ellie
Harding
Triceratops
Grant
Donald
Malcolm
Tim
Lex
29 Nedry uses his strength to enact step #1 of his quest to steal DNA.
Inciting incident to the major conflict
In the control room, Nedry executes a mysteriously sinister computer program. Nedry
30
4
Nedry disables Jurassic Park’s computer system, steals DNA and flees into the storm in a jeep. Team 2 scrambles to figure out why the park’s machines are shutting down. Team 1 gets stuck in the tour when their machines shut down.
As the weather complication increases, Ellie leaves the team to continue the side-quest. The team returns to the path.
In the field, Ellie and Grant theorize the Triceratops is sick because it eats poison berries when it regurgitates and eats rocks to help it digest. As the sky grows more foreboding, Donald insists they leave, but Ellie insists on staying to assist the triceratops with Harding. Grant, Malcolm, Donald, Tim and Lex walk back to the jeeps, leaving Ellie behind. Ellie
Grant
Harding
Triceratops
Donald
Malcolm
Tim
Lex
31 Grant, Malcolm, Donald, Tim and Lex arrive at the jeeps as the wind kicks up and large drops of rain begin to fall. Grant
Malcolm
Donald
Time
Lex
32 Arnold and Hammond create an evacuation plan for the escape quest while Nedry uses his strength to completes step 2 of his quest to steal DNA. In the control room, Arnold reroutes the jeeps to turn around at the next rest area. Meanwhile, Nedry redundantly executes his mysteriously sinister computer program again and excuses himself from the room under false pretenses to go steal dinosaur DNA. Nedry warns them he’s running a routine diagnostic program that may cause some systems to reboot. Arnold
Nedry
Hammond
33 Grant and Malcom get to know each other. In the back jeep, Grant and Malcolm chit chat. Malcolm says he has kids and is always looking for “the future ex-Mrs. Malcolm.” Grant
Malcolm
34
Nedry uses his strength to complete step #3 of his quest to steal DNA.
Nedry enters the fertilization lab and steals a bunch of dinosaur DNA. Nedry
35 In the control room, Arnold notices systems are shutting down. Hammond dismisses it as Nedry’s diagnostic program going through its motions. Arnold
Hammond
36 Grant and Malcom get to know each other.
Repercussion of Nedry’s success creates a setback in th team’s quest to escape.
In the back jeep, Malcolm asks Grant if Ellie is available. They notice the systems in the jeep are shutting down. Malcolm
Ellie
37
Nedry uses his strength to complete step #4 of his quest to steal DNA and then begins step #5 while Hammond and Muldoon experience the consequence of Nedry’s success, which is an escalation of the tech complication in the escape quest.
Outside, Nedry drives a jeep to the gates of Jurassic Park, gets out, opens the gates and drives through. Nedry
38 In the control room, Arnold, Hammond and Muldoon notice more systems across the park shutting down and try to stop it. Arnold
Hammond
Muldoon
39 Nedry drives his jeep through the jungle roads precariously towards the docks. Nedry
40 In the control room, Arnold is unable to regain control of the systems. Hammond asks where the tour jeeps stopped. Arnold
Hammond
41
5
Team 1 is attacked by a T-rex and escape.
Hammond’s team experiences the repercussion of Nedry’s success and the tech failure complication.
In the back jeep, Grant tells Malcolm that the radios aren’t working. It’s revealed they’re stopped next to the T-rex pen. Grant
Malcolm
(T-rex )
42 In the front jeep, Lex and Tim amuse themselves while Donald laments bringing Malcolm to the park because he’ll give it bad publicity. Tim
Lex
Donald
Malcolm
(T-rex )
43
The T-rex attacks the team. T-rex kills Donald and disables Malcolm. Grant’s team escapes into the woods, straying from the fastest escape route.
In the front jeep, Tim, Lex and Donald hear ominous, booming footsteps. Then a goat leg falls on their jeep’s window. Tim
Lex
Donald
T-rex
44 The T-rex approaches the jeeps. Donald gets out of the front jeep and runs away and hides in a porta potty. T-rex
Tim
Lex
Donald
45 In the back jeep, Malcolm and Grant see the T-rex outside its pen. Malcolm
Grant
T-rex
46 The T-rex investigates the jeeps and bumps the one Grant and Malcolm are in. T-rex
Grant
Malcolm
47 In the front jeep, Lex turns on a flashlight, which attracts the T-rex, which attacks the front jeep. In the back jeep, Grant and Malcolm grab road flares and jump out of the vehicle. Lex
Tim
T-rex
Grant
Malcolm
48 The T-rex continues attacking the front jeep. Grant and Malcolm get the T-rex’s attention with road flares. The T-rex chases Malcom and hits him with his head, sending Malcolm flying. Then the T-rex eats Donald. T-rex
Tim
Lex
Grant
Malcolm
Donald
49 Grant frees Lex from the front jeep, but Tim is stuck. The T-rex knocks the jeep over a cliff while Grant and Lex climb down the cliff to safety using a cable. The T-rex roars and wanders off. Grant
Lex
Tim
T-rex
50
6
Dinosaurs kill Nedry. Team 2 makes a plan to save Team 1 and unsuccessfully tries to turn the park’s computer system back on. Ellie and Muldoon look for Team 1 and are chased by the T-rex. Hammond, Lex and Tim walk halfway back to the control room and then stop for the night.
Hammond’s team discovers the source of the tech complication and create a plan for the reboot quest and a new plan for the escape quest. In the control room, Arnold discovers Nedry has intentionally turned off the security system, and it will take forever to figure out how to override Nedry’s program. Hammond tells Muldoon to retrieve his grandchildren, and Ellie volunteers to go with him. Arnold reiterates that can’t turn the security systems back on without Nedry. Arnold
(Nedry )
Hammond
Muldoon
Ellie
(Grant )
(Tim )
(Lex )
51 Nedry uses his flaw and fails step #5 of his quest to steal DNA, resulting in his death. Nedry continues driving his jeep precariously to the docks. He wrecks his car and is killed by a pack of dilophosaurs. Nedry
Dilophosaur
52
Grant’s team recovers from their escape and creates a new escape plan.
At the bottom of the cliff, Grant tries to calm Lex, who is in shock. They retrieve Tim from the jeep, which is hanging in a tree. The jeep falls, but everyone is safe. Grant
Lex
Tim
53 At the bottom of the cliff, Grant makes a plan to walk back to the visitor’s center. Lex is still in shock, and Grant has to coax her into continuing. Grant
Tim
Lex
54
Ellie’s team investigates stop #2. Malcolm joins Ellie’s team. They’re attacked by the T-rex but manage to escape.
Ellie and Muldoon arrive at the rest stop in a jeep. They find the wreckage of the T-rex attack and a semi-conscious Malcolm. Ellie and Muldoon put Grant in the jeep and go to look for Grant, Tim and Lex. Muldoon says they’re most likely dead, but they find their tracks. Ellie
Muldoon
(T-rex )
Malcolm
(Grant )
(Tim )
(Lex )
55 Ellie and Muldoon’s search is cut short as the T-rex approaches and chases them off in their jeep, which leads to a chase scene. Ellie
Muldoon
T-rex
Malcolm
(Grant )
(Tim )
(Lex )
56 Grant’s team gets to know each other while completing step 1 of their escape quest, then stop for the night. Grant, Lex and Tim find a tree to hide in until morning and bond with each other a little before going to sleep. Grant
Tim
Lex
57 Ellie’s team meets Hammond’s team,. Malcolm leaves Ellie’s team and joins Hammond’s team.
Ellie and Hammond get to know each other.
At the visitor’s center, Malcolm is sent to the command room. Ellie tells Hammond that Lex and Tim are alive with Grant. Hammond expresses his motive for creating Jurassic Park. His first business was a fake flea circus, and he wanted to give people something real. Ellie rebuts that Jurassic Park is an illusion, and Hammond will never be able to control it. Ellie
Hammond
Malcolm
(Grant )
(Tim )
(Lex )
58 Grant’s team complete step 2 of their escape quest. Grant, Lex and Tim wake up in the tree and are greeted by a bronotosaurus. They begin their walk back to the visitor’s center and find hatched eggs, proving nature has adapted and the supposedly all-female dinosaurs are giving birth. Grant
Tim
Lex
Brontosaurus
59
7
Team 2 makes and enacts a plan to reboot the computer system. Ellie discovers the raptors are loose. Team 1 climbs over an electric fence.
Hammond’s teammakes a plan for the tech quest. After debating enacting the plan, Hammond decides to enact it, which Arnold does, but this causes a setback and a new condition. Muldoon volunteers for the tech setback quest. In the control room, Arnold tells Hammond the only way to get all systems back online is to reboot the entire park’s system. After some debate and considering other options, Hammond orders Arnold to reboot the whole system. He does, but it flipped breakers in a shed across the compound that need to be flipped to return full control. Arnold volunteers to go flip the breaker, and Hammond orders everyone else into the emergency bunker. Arnold
Hammond
Muldoon
Ellie
Malcolm
60 Grant’s teamcompletes step 3 of their escape plan. They encounter the T-rex but escape. Grant, Lex and Tim walk through a field. A herd of dinosaurs run past them, forcing them to hide behind a large rock. The T-rex bursts from the jungle and eats one of the fleeing dinosaurs. Grant, Tim and Lex flee while the T-rex is distracted. Grant
Lex
Tim
T-rex
61 Ellie’s team makes a plan to flip the breakers, against Hammond’s warning not to. In the emergency bunker, Ellie gets impatient. She says something went wrong and volunteers to go flip the breakers herself. Muldoon volunteers to go with her. Hammond argues against the plan, but Ellie and Muldoon insist. Hammond plans to walk her through the technical process via walkie-talkie when they reach the electric shed. Ellie
Muldoon
Hammond
Arnold
62 Grant’s team encounters a complication. Step 4 of their escape quest is to climb a large fence. Grant, Lex and Tim reach an electrified fence. After ascertaining it’s off and hearing the T-rex roar, they begin climbing over the fence. Grant
Lex
Tim
T-rex
63 Ellie’s team completes step 1 of their quest to flip the breaker and encounter a complication. The raptors have escaped. En route to the electric shed, Ellie and Muldoon discover the raptors have escaped and are hunting them. Ellie runs to the shed while Muldoon prepares to shoot at raptors. Ellie
Muldoon
(Raptors )
64 Grant’s team continues working on step 4 of their escape quest (climbing the fence). Grant, Lex and Tim continue climbing the unpowered electric fence. Grant
Lex
Tim
65 Hammond’s team walks Ellie through step 2 of her quest to flip the breaker (find the breaker in the electrical shed). Inside the electric shed, Hammond directs Ellie where to go via walkie-talkie. Unable to follow Hammond’s directions, Malcom suggests she just follow the biggest cable, which leads her to the breaker box. Hammond
Ellie
Malcolm
66 Grant’s team reaches the halway point of step 4 of their escape quest (climbing down the fence). Grant, Lex and Tim begin climbing down the other side of the unpowered electric fence. Grant
Lex
Tim
67 Ellie completes step 3 of her quest to flip the breakers. She flips a bunch of breakers. Ellie flips some switches and lights start lighting up. She asks if it worked. Ellie
Hammond
68 Grant’s team completes step 4 of their quest to escape. They finsih climbing down the fence, but Tim gets shocked for cheap thrills. Grant and Lex dismount the fence. Tim is afraid to jump down. So they try encouraging him. When Ellie hits a final button, the electric fence turns on and blows him off. For a moment it appears Tim is dead, but he regains consciousness. Grant
Tim
Lex
Ellie
69
8
Team 1 arrives at the visitor’s center. Grant leaves to find Ellie. Raptors chase Lex and Tim. Then the team reunites and lock themselves in the control room, where they turn the park’s computer system back on.
Elliie’s team begins their plan to get back to the safe room but are attacked by raptors. Muldoon dies.
Ellie is attacked by a raptor and barely makes it out of the electric shed. Ellie
Raptor
70 Muldoon tracks a raptor and realizes he’s being led into a trap. Then he gets eaten. Muldoon
Raptor
71
Grant’s team completes their quest to reach the visitor’s center. Grant leaves Tim and Lex to find Ellie, while Tim and Lex eat to celebrate their victory.
Grant, Lex and Tim arrive at the visitor’s center. Grant bonds with them a little and then makes a plan to find the others while Lex and Tim wait in the restaurant. Lex and Tim begin eating greedily until they notice there’s a raptor in the room with them. Grant
Lex
Tim
72 Lex and Tim hide in the kitchen and shut the door behind them. The raptor comes to the door and can’t push it open. Lex
Tim
Raptor
73
Grant finds Ellie. They prepare and plan a new escape plan.
Grant runs into Ellie en route to the control room. Grant
Ellie
74 In the control room, Grant loads a shot gun. Ellie says there are three loose raptors. Grant
Ellie
(Raptor )
75
Raptors attack Tim and Lex.
At the visitor’s center, the raptor opens the kitchen door and is joined by another raptor. Raptor
(Tim )
(Lex )
76 Lex and Tim are chased by the two raptors. Lex locks one in a freezer while the other runs into his own reflection. While the raptor is dazed, Lex and Tim escape. Lex
Tim
Raptor
77
Tim, Lex, Ellie and Grant reunite in the control room. Lex completes Ellie’s quest to reboot the system.
Lex and Tim run into Grant and Ellie while fleeing the restaurant. They make a quick plan to go to the control room. Lex
Tim
Grant
Ellie
(Raptor )
78 Grant, Ellie, Lex and Tim enter the control room. Lex reboots the system while Grant and Ellie succeed at trying to prevent a raptor from getting through the door. All the park’s computer systems are restored. Grant
Ellie
Lex
Tim
Raptor
79
9
Hammond calls for help. Then Team 1 is chased out of the park by raptors and the T-rex.
The prize for rebooting the system is Hammond calls for help. They make a plan to get to the helipad, but their victory is a false one since raptors attack Grant’s team. Grant calls Hammond in the emergency bunker using a telephone. Grant tells Hammond to call the mainland to send help. The call is cut short by the sound of gunfire on Grant’s end. Grant
Hammond
Ellie
Tim
Lex
Malcolm
80
Grant’s team gets out the visitor’s center in three steps as they’re chased by raptors and the T-rex.
Grant saw a raptor through a window and shot it, which just damaged the glass enough to allow the raptor to crash through. Grant, Ellie, Lex and Tim climb to safety in the ceiling. Grant
Raptor
Ellie
Lex
Tim
81 As Grant, Ellie, Lex and Tim crawl the air ducts, the raptor keeps jumping up, crashing its head through the ceiling. After nearly losing Lex, they crawl to a hatch that opens in the visitor’s center lobby. Grant
Ellie
Tim
Lex
Raptor
82 While climbing down a T-rex skeleton, Grant, Elli, Lex and Tim are attacked by a raptor. Then the T-rex shows up and distracts the raptor while the humans flee. Grant
Ellie
Lex
Tim
Raptor
T-rex
83
10
Denouement
Everyone reaches the helipad and escapes.
Outside the visitor’s center, Hammond pulls up in a jeep. Malcolm is laying in the back. Grant, Ellie, Lex and Tim jump in and they peel off. Hammond
Malcolm
Grant
Ellie
Lex
Tim
84 Grant, Ellie, Lex, Tim and Malcolm arrive at a helicopter pad and get in the helicopter, which takes off promptly. Grant
Ellie
Lex
Tim
Malcolm
Hammond
85 The helicopter flies away as everyone smiles at each other. Grant
Ellie
Lex
Tim
Malcolm
Hammond

 

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