The Milestone Archive

SW-003 The Revenge of the Sith - Milestones

I'm not a big fan of the Star Wars prequels. They lack focus and subtext, especially Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith. You can see what the narrative is trying to get at, but it nearly disappears behind a mass of action and effects. And Anakin's transformation into a rampaging Sith is far from convincing. There's a pretext, of course, and an effort to portray inner conflict and rationalization, but to me it looks like, in the end, Anakin becomes Vader because the better-scripted and -acted episodes need Vader. That said, the episode is properly structured, as shown in the chart.

IJ-001 Raiders of the Lost Ark - Milestones

I've gone finer grain on this one, partly because I'm learning to appreciate the grains and partly because this movie beautifully exemplifies fine-grained progression of plot. I've also changed the name of the eighth Milestone to Deciding Incident from Resolution. Of course, there's so much detail in this chart that the eighth Milestone is more Resolution than Incident, but oh well.

JCS-001 I Am Not a Serial Killer - Milestones

Two versions: pages and locations. Very close. In the interests of keeping references short, I've generally kept to what's on the given page or at the given location.

Plot Turn 1 is out of place. John's reaction to Rob and Brooke's reaction to John's reaction are pinch point material. John's realization that the killer is a "demon" at Pinch Point 1 is the real Plot Turn 1. John's resentement of his mother's attentiveness qualifies as pinch point material in the psychological subplot.

On the Waterfront - Milestones

Right on the money. Yes, there's a lot of action and soul searching during the first sequence (Hook to Inciting Incident), but it's the Waterfront Crime Commission officer's accosting Terry on the dock that assures us this movie will be about Terry deciding whether or not to atone for his role in Joey Doyle's death, and it's Terry's interaction with Edie Doyle that propels him to the showdown with Johnny Friendly.