studies in screenwriting for writers, directors and creative professionals


What the good films tend to have in common

How the great films are different

What the time tested films teach us about screenwriting

How the current release films succeed or fail

Jennine - my storyWelcome to Screentakes. Here you’ll find writings and videos on structure, character and theme. I’m Jennine Lanouette and, after 20-plus years of analyzing the screenplays of great films in the classroom, I have launched this website to share my insights with a wider audience.

The eBook Is Here!

The African Queen: A Screenplay Analysis is the first ebook in a series featuring my script analysis lectures with text, photos, videos and charts. Watch the preview below to see a very new user experience, as well as a deeper way of thinking about screenwriting.


To download the free ebook, go here.

Also, don’t miss my short videos on The Craft page offering thought-provoking lessons on screenwriting fundamentals. And visit the Current Films page for blog posts dissecting the more recent releases. If you are a story structure geek (like me), you’ll love The Art page full of meaty treatises on all sorts of screen drama topics.

And, of course, if you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to get monthly updates on newly added articles, videos and ebooks. You will receive the free download of The African Queen: A Screenplay Analysis as my thanks for joining Screentakes!