Breaking Down The Social Network Screenplay – Aaron Sorkin, Structure, and Collaboration

Breaking Down The Social Network Screenplay – Aaron Sorkin, Structure, and Collaboration

If you’ve been following this blog at all you know I’m a huge fan of David Fincher. I still think The Social Network was robbed at the 2011 Oscars®. The magic of Fincher’s directing with Aaron Sorkin’s genius screenplay is a match made in film geek heaven. The good folks over at Lessons from the Screenplay have created an amazing breakdown of The Social Network and of Aaron Sorkin‘s screenwriting style.

Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue is famous for being rapid-fire and full of wit. In this video, they look at the function of this style, how he uses non-linear structure to frame the story, and the critical role that collaboration played in the creation of The Social Network. Brilliant video essay.

The Social Network
Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
Directed by David Fincher
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Rooney Mara.

You can download the FULL SCREENPLAY here – Courtesy of (for educational purposes only): The Social Network

The Social Network – Designing Dialogue

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