X-Files structure pt iii – scene length

We’re looking at the X-Files pilot structure.

Today’s post, scene length: how long are the scenes?

The episode is 47.39 minutes for which there are a total of 42 scenes.

Out of the 42 scenes —

6 scenes are under 15 seconds.

These are scenes 8, 19, 20, 21, 23, & 27.

The shortest scene are freeze frame stills – scene 19 (0.02)

13 scenes are between 0.15 – 0.59

18 scenes are between 1.00 and 1.59

2 scenes are between 2.00 and 3.00 minutes:

Scene 3 (2.32) & Scene 28 (2.21)

1 scene (37) is over 3 minutes (3.13).

We should note that scene 37 – the longest scene – is the climax.

Coming next – step outline.

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