Savor Lush ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Visual Screenplay with BTS Stills, Maps, and Shooting Diagrams

In the spirit of consideration for the highest honors a work may receive in our field, we have been keeping you up to date with a number of scripts seeking nomination -- one of the earliest of these was Moonrise Kingdom, which has in fact been nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Interestingly enough, and in contrast to the rest of the scripts you may have caught so far, the script for Moonrise Kingdom is now also available in a new, very unique textual-visual version, complete with an interactive navigator. Read on for the details of this 'Screenplay 2.0' below.

Here's the skinny of things courtesy FilmSchoolRejects:

The team behind Moonrise Kingdom has done something that should be done for all major scripts: an interactive version that features maps, images from the movie, set photos, and early sketches. The work from Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola is currently being celebrated by the Academy Awards, but fans of the film should devour this regardless of whether the screenplay wins gold.

So don’t be a traitor to your family. Go sift through and marvel at this beautiful edition of the Moonrise Kingdom script.

When I first read that, I assumed there would be a bit more of the 'interactive' in the body of materials itself (there's none) and less in the page-skipping interface (where all the 'interactiveness' is), but this is still a beautiful document -- perhaps an Adobe Flash-style, truly interactive implementation of something similar to this could constitute a sort of 'Screenplay 3.0' based on the web. Here are some grabs from the online version, which is also downloadable as a .PDF:

Obviously, this isn't the type of document any crew is using as its shooting script -- but in the age where behind-the-scenes artistic templates like screenplays can be proliferated amongst the web community to the benefit of the film's overall exposure, among other things -- this is a lovely gesture, and one that benefits filmmakers, avid script readers, and indie enthusiasts alike. Be sure to check it out if you're any of the above, anything in between, or just plain appreciative of reworking and mixing media of visual art.

What do you guys think of the visual script? If you'd already checked out the plain text version for Oscar season -- did you prefer this version, or the original plain-text version? Why, in either case? Is this something you'd like to see more often -- and if so, for what?

Link: Moonrise Kingdom Visual Screenplay

[via FilmSchoolRejects]

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This is an amazing way of exploring the visual structure behind the script! Thanks for this real treat! :)

January 20, 2013 at 4:41PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Coppola did a similar thing with his movie CQ - I believe the PDF may exist on the web somewhere... Worth a look if you can find it, as is the movie.

January 21, 2013 at 6:46AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Great coloring on this movie, the look is really well executed. loved the movie.

January 22, 2013 at 3:53AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Links not working. Can't access the script :(

January 22, 2013 at 1:41PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


CQ was fantastic and definitely worth seeking out. I'm hoping "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III" (Coppola's second foray into directing narrative features), which came out in 2012 to tepid reviews, can at least come close to CQ --it might not be for "most people" (thus the reviews), but his films play better to film makers and people in the industry, so I'm keeping my hopes up.

January 23, 2013 at 10:26AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


How is it "great coloring"?? Everything is way too yellow.

January 28, 2013 at 4:44PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM