X – Files Pilot – episode structure

As module 3 of the MA Writing for Script and Screen is to write a step outline, treatment and character breakdown of a rebooted X files, here is a breakdown of the original pilot, including number of scenes, scene lengths, location and characters.

So, what can we learn?

The first thing to note is the ouroboros nature, the mythological snake with its tail in its mouth – a technique taught in many a creative writing class – meaning simply a circular shape to the episode.

In scene 3, Scully is given a task – report on Mulder’s investigations. In scene 39, Scully fulfills her task and reports back. Scully achieves her goal.

Stay tuned for the next post analysing the X-Files pilot.

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