CLASSROOM: 3 Screenwriting Techniques That Turned ‘Minority Report’ Into a Classic
Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report is an underrated film in the director’s body of work and often overlooked in favor of flashier or more acclaimed films like Schindler’s List or Jurassic Park. (Fun fact — both movies came out in the same year!)
A closer look at the film reveals a smartly structured sci-fi noir featuring questions about free will, technology, and Tom Cruise Running™, which screenwriter Scott Frank’s script does a phenomenal job of, all while world building without getting bogged down in minutia.
Frank allows the human story to unfold in a relatable, understandable way and trusts his director to fill in the production design blanks. This video from Lessons from the Screenplay explains how he does it:
Let’s dive into three screenwriting takeaways from this video.