[ tm Review ]
UPDATED:1998 March 09th, 22.55 hours (Vancouver local time)
Detail to follow.
I've seen the film four times, and I'm still surprised that Cameron and crew manage to make the film work so well. Metaphorically, it is like baking a cake 200 feet in diameter: usually, a cake that big doesn't turn out that well.
Of course, I would have preferred the version with 30 minutes of extra footage, but given the time constraints of a mainstream commercial release, 194 minutes is good enough (for now). Enough chatter! The shot list follow; the scene numbers are from the script posted at http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Boulevard/7004/Titanic.txt, dated May 7, 1996.
-1B GRAPHIC: logoThe film opens (in North America) with the Paramount Logo, pushing in on the mountain peak, with moving, orbiting stars. Notice the animated stars are white, with a blue outline; a thin red hairline seperates the blue and the white. Fade to black. The first low, faint bass beat of the main theme is heard.
-1A EXT. SouthamptonFade in on a grainy, sepia-toned silent film of Titanic leaving dock at Southampton (an fx shot, the first of many). The first bars of Sissel singing the theme. Shots of the throngs of passengers waving, the frame rate below 24 fps. A total of four shots.
0 EXT. North Atlantic / GRAPHIC: titleA night shot of the ocean, reflected lights of a nearby ship (the Keldysh) visible on the waves. The title has the same colour scheme as the Paramount stars.
2 EXT./ INT. MIR ONE / NORTH ATLANTIC DEEPOmitted
3 EXT. THE BOTTOM OF THE SEAOmitted
4 INT. MIR ONEOmitted
5 EXT. / INT. MIR ONE AND TWOTHE TWO SUBS skim over the seafloor to the sound of sidescan sonar and the THRUM of big thrusters.
6 The featureless gray clay of the bottom unrolls in the lights of the subs.
7 Mir Two drives aft down the starboard side, past the huge anchor while Mir One passes over the seemingly endless forecastle deck, with its massive anchor chains still laid out in two neat rows, its bronze windlass caps gleaming. The 22 foot long subs are like white bugs next to the enormous wreck.
8 Mir Two lands on the boat deck, next to the ruins of the Officer's Quarters. Mir One lands on the roof of the deck house nearby.
9 OUTSIDE THE SUB, the ROV, a small orange and black robot called SNOOP DOG, lifts from its cradle and flies forward.
10 A grand piano in amazingly good shape, crashed on its side against a wall.
11 A chandelier, still hanging from the ceiling by its wire
12 Its lights play across the floor, revealing a champagne bottle, then some WHITE STAR LINE china
13 THE ROV turns and goes through a black doorway, entering room B-52, the sitting room of a "promenade suite", one of the most luxurious staterooms on Titanic.
14 EXT. STERN OF DECK OF KELDYSH - DAY
15 INT. LAB DECK, PRESERVATION ROOM - DAY
16 INSERT (A CNN NEWS STORY: a live satellite feed from the deck of the Keldysh, intercut with the CNN studio.)
17 INT. HOUSE / CERAMICS STUDIO
18 EXT. KELDYSH DECK - NIGHT
19 INT. LAB DECK / KELDYSH - NIGHT
20 EXT. OCEAN - DAY
21 EXT. KELDYSH - DAY
22 EXT. KELDYSH HELIPAD
23 INT. ROSE'S STATEROOM / KELDYSH - DAY
24 INT. LAB DECK, PRESERVATION AREA
25 FLASHCUT of a man's hand, holding a conte crayon deftly creating a shoulder and the shape of her hair with two efficient lines.
26 THE WOMAN'S FACE IN THE DRAWING, dancing under the water.
27 A FLASHCUT of a man's eyes, just visible over the top of a sketching pad. They look up suddenly right into the LENS. Soft eyes, but fearlessly direct.
28 Rose smiles, remembering.
29 INT. IMAGING SHACK / KELDYSH
30 FLASH CUTS of screaming faces in a running crowd.
31 Rose Looks at another monitor.
32 IMAGE OF A CHILD, three years old, standing ankle deep in water in the middle of an endless corridor.
33 Rose is shaken by the flood of memories and emotions.
34 EXT. SOUTHHAMPTON DOCK - DAY
35 CUT TO a SCREAMING BLAST from the mighty triple steam horns on Titanic's funnels, bellowing their departure warning.
36 EXT. SOUTHHAMPTON DOCKS / TITANIC - DAY
38 EXT. TERMINAL - TITANIC
40 EXT. TITANIC AND DOCK - DAY
41 EXT. AFT WELL DECK / POOP DECK - DAY
43 EXT. SOUTHHAMPTON DOCK - DAY
44 EXT. RIVER TEST - DAY
45 INT. THIRD CLASS BERTHING / G-DECK FORWARD - DAY
46 INT. SUITE B-52-56 - DAY
47 IN THE BEDROOM Rose enters with the large Degas of the dancers.
48 EXT. CHERBOURG HARBOR, FRANCE - LATE DUSK
49 INT. FIRST CLASS RECEPTION/ D-DECK
51 EXT. BOW - DAY
52 INT. / EXT. TITANIC - SERIES OF SCENES - DAY
53 NOW BEGINS a kind of musical/visual setpiece... an ode to the great ship.
54 IN THE BOILER ROOMS the STOKERS chant a song as they hurl coal into the roaring furnaces.
55 UNDERWATER the enormous bronze screws chop through the water, hurling the steamer forward and churning up a vortex of foam that lingers for miles behind the juggernaut ship.
56 The riven water flares higher at the bow as the ship's speeds builds.
57 Captain Smith steps out of the enclosed bridge onto the wing.
58 AT THE BOW Jack and Fabrizio lean far over, looking down.
59 INT. PALM COURT RESTAURANT - DAY
60 EXT. POOP DECK / AFTER DECKS - DAY
61 INT. FIRST CLASS DINING SALOON - NIGHT
62 INT. CORRIDOR / B DECK - NIGHT
63 INT. ROSE'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
64 EXT. A DECK PROMENADE, AFT - NIGHT
65 EXT. POOP DECK - NIGHT
66 EXT. POOP DECK - NIGHT
67 INT. ROSE'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
68 INT. KELDYSH IMAGING SHACK
69 EXT. LAUNCH AREA/KELDYSH DECK - DAY
70 INT. IMAGING SHACK
71 88 EXT. BOAT DECK - NIGHTEXT. B DECK TITANIC - DAY
72 INT. THIRD CLASS GENERAL ROOM
73 EXT. BOAT DECK - DAY
74 INT. RECEPTION ROOM / D-DECK - DAY
75 EXT. A DECK PROMENADE - DAY
76 EXT. A DECK PROMENADE / AFT - SUNSET
77 INT. MOLLY BROWN'S STATEROOM
78 EXT. BOAT DECK / FIRST CLASS ENTRANCE - DUSK
79 INT. UPPER LANDING / GRAND STAIRCASE AND A-DECK
80 INT. D-DECK RECEPTION ROOM
81 INT. DINING SALOON
82 INT. DINING SALOON
83 TIME TRANSITION: Dessert has been served and a waiter arrives with cigars in a humidor on a wheeled cart. The men start clipping ends and lighting.
84 INT. A-DECK FOYER-NIGHT
85 INT. THIRD CLASS GENERAL ROOM
87 INT. THIRD CLASS GENERAL ROOM
88 EXT. BOAT DECK - NIGHT
89 INT. ROSE AND CAL'S SUITE / PRIVATE PROMENADE - DAY
90 INT. RUTH'S SUITE - DAY
91 INT. FIRST CLASS DINING SALOON
92 INT. GYMNASIUM - DAY
93 EXT. AFT WELL DECK, B-DECK AND A-DECK - DAY
94 EXT. A-DECK / AFT - DAY
95 INT. BRIDGE / CHARTROOM - DAY
96 EXT. BOAT DECK / STARBOARD SIDE - DAY
97 INT. GYMNASIUM - DAY
98 INT. FIRST CLASS LOUNGE - DAY
99 EXT. TITANIC - DAY
100 IN THE CROW'S NEST, high above and behind them, lookout FREDERICK FLEET nudges his mate, REGINALD LEE, pointing down at the figures in the bow.
101 JACK AND ROSE, embracing at the bow rail, DISSOLVE SLOWLY AWAY, leaving the ruined bow of the WRECK--
102 INT. KELDYSH IMAGING SHACK
103 INT. ROSE'S SUITE
104 ROSE'S BEDROOM. ON THE BUTTERFLY COMB as Rose draws it out of her hair. She shakes her head and her hair falls free around her shoulders.
105 IN THE SITTING ROOM Jack is laying out his pencils like surgical tools. His sketchbook is open and ready. He looks up as she comes into the room, wearing a silk kimono.
106 INT. KELDYSH / IMAGING SHACK
107 INT. ROSE AND CAL'S SUITE - NIGHT
108 INT. FIRST CLASS SMOKING ROOM - NIGHT
109 EXT. ATLANTIC - NIGHT
110 ON THE BRIDGE, Captain Smith peers out at the blackness ahead of the ship.
111 INT. ROSE AND CAL'S SUITE
112 INT. CORRIDOR OUTSIDE SUITE
113 INT. E-DECK FOYER / ELEVATORS
114 INT. F-DECK CORRIDORS / FAN ROOM
115 They enter a roaring RAN ROOM, with no way out but a ladder going down.
116 INT. BOILER ROOM FIVE AND SIX
117 INT. FIRST CLASS SMOKING ROOM
119 INT. BOILER ROOM SIX
120 INT. HOLD #2
121 INT. WIRELESS ROOM
122 INT. / EXT. WIRELESS SHACK / FREIGHTER CALIFORNIAN
123 EXT. OCEAN / TITANIC
124 INT. HOLD #2
125 EXT. ATLANTIC / TITANIC - NIGHT
126 INT. BOILER ROOM SIX
127 INT. CAL AND ROSE'S SUITE
128 INT. HOLD #2 - NIGHT
129 EXT. FORWARD WELL DECK AND CROW'S NEST - NIGHT
130 IN THE CROW'S NEST Fleet nudges Lee.
131 INT. / EXT. BRIDGE
132 CHIEF ENGINEER BELL is just checking the soup he has warming on a steam manifold when the engine telegraph clangs, then goes... incredibly... to FULL SPEED ASTERN.
133 IN BOILER ROOM SIX, Leading Stoker FREDERICK BARRETT is standing with 2nd Engineer JAMES HESKETH when the red warning light and "STOP" indicator come on.
134 FROM THE BRIDGE Murdoch watches the burg growing... straight ahead.
135 IN THE CROW'S NEST Frederick Fleet braces himself.
136 THE BOW OF THE SHIP thunders right at CAMERA and-- KRUUUNCH!! The ship hits the berg on its starboard bow.
137 UNDERWATER we see the ice smashing in the steel hull plates.
138 IN #2 HOLD the two stewards stagger as the hull buckles in four feet with a sound like THUNDER.
139 ON G-DECK forward Fabrizio is tossed in his bunk by the impact.
140 IN BOILER ROOM SIX Barret and Hesketh stagger as they hear the ROLLING THUNDER of the collision.
141 ON THE FORWARD WELL DECK Jack and Rose break their kiss and look up in astonishment as the berg sails past, blocking out the sky like a mountain.
142 ON THE BRIDGE Murdoch rings the watertight door alarm.
143 BARRETT AND HESKETH hear the DOOR ALARM and scramble through the swirling water to the watertight door between Boiler Rooms 6 and 5.
144 JACK AND ROSE rush to the starboard rail in time to see the berg moving aft down the side of the ship.
145 In his stateroom, surrounded by piles of plans while making notes in his ever-present book, Andrews looks up at the sound of a cut-crystal light fixture tinkling like a windchime.
146 IN THE FIRST CLASS SMOKING ROOM Gracie watches his highball vibrating on the table.
147 IN THE PALM COURT, with its high arched windows, Molly Brown holds up her drink to a passing waiter.
149 IN THE CROW'S NEST Fleet turns to his Lee..
150 INT. / EXT. BRIDGE
151 INT. G-DECK FORWARD
152 IN HIS STATEROOM Tommy gets out of his top bunk in the dark and drops down to the floor. SPLASH!!
153 INT. FIRST CLASS CORRIDOR / A-DECK
154 EXT. FORWARD WELL DECK
155 INT. STEERAGE FORWARD
156 INT. CORRIDOR ON B DECK
157 INT. BRIDGE / CHARTROOM
158 INT. BOILER ROOM 6
159 EXT. B-DECK FORWARD / WELL DECK
160 INT. B-DECK FOYER / CORRIDOR
161 INT. ROSE AND CAL'S SUITE
162 INT. MAIL SORTING ROOM / HOLD
163 INT. BRIDE / CHARTROOM
164 EXT. BOAT DECK
165 INT. ROSE AND CAL'S SUITE
166 INT. STEERAGE BERTHING AFT
167 INT. WIRELESS ROOM
168 EXT. BOAT DECK
169 INT. A-DECK FOYER
170 INT. MASTER AT ARMS OFFICE
171 INT. BRIDGE
172 EXT. BOAT DECK - NIGHT
173 INT. STEERAGE BERTHING AFT / CORRIDORS AND STAIRWELL
174 EXT. STARBOARD SIDE
175 EXT. / INT. TITANIC HULL AND MASTER AT ARMS OFFICE
176 EXT. BOAT DECK / STARBOARD SIDE, FORWARD
177 EXT. BOAT DECK / PORT SIDE
178 INT. BOAT DECK FOYER / STAIRCASE / A-DECK FOYER
179 EXT. OCEAN / TITANIC / BOAT 6
180 INT. MASTER AT ARMS OFFICE / CORRIDOR
181 THE CORRIDOR outside is deserted.
182 INT. FIRST CLASS CORRIDOR
183 INT. FOYER / ELEVATORS
184 EXT. OCEAN / BOAT 6
185 INT. FIRST CLASS ELEVATOR / CORRIDORS
186 INT. MASTER AT ARMS OFFICE / CORRIDOR
187 IN THE HALL Rose hears his voice behind her.
188 EXT. TITANIC / BOAT ONE
189 INT. MASTER AT ARMS OFFICE
190 INT. STAIRWELL AND CORRIDORS
191 A LONG CORRIDOR... part of the labyrinth of steerage hallways forward.
192 AT THE STAIRWELL she looks down and gasps.
193 INT. MASTER AT ARMS OFFICE
194 EXT. BOAT 6 AND TITANIC
195 IN BOAT SIX, Ruth looks back at the Titanic, transfixed by the sight of the dying liner.
196 INT. SCOTLAND ROAD / E-DECK
197 EXT. BOAT DECK
198 EXT. BRIDGE / FORWARD WELL DECK / FOC'SLE
201 INT. E-DECK CORRIDORS AND STAIRWELL
204 INT. CAL AND ROSE'S SUITE
205 INT. STEERAGE, AFT
206 EXT. BOAT 6 / TITANIC - NIGHT
207 AT THE BOAT DECK RAIL Captain Smith is shouting to Boat 6 through a large metal megaphone.
209 CAPTAIN SMITH, at the rail of the boat deck, lowers his megaphone slowly
210 INT. A-DECK FOYER
211 INT. FIRST CLASS SMOKING ROOM
212 EXT. / INT. A-DECK PROMENADE
213 EXT. BOAT DECK AND A-DECK, AFT
214 EXT. BOAT DECK, STARBOARD SIDE, AFT
215 IN THE WATER BELOW there is another panic.
216 EXT. BOAT DECK / A-DECK, PORT, AFT
217 EXT. BOAT DECK, STARBOARD, AFT
219 EXT. BOAT DECK, PORT
220 EXT. BOAT DECK, STARBOARD, FORWARD
221 EXT. BOAT DECK / PORT SIDE - NIGHT
222 ROSE'S PERCEPTION... IN SLOW MOTION
223 INT. GRAND STAIRCASE
224 INT. D-DECK RECEPTION ROOM
225 INT. DINING SALOON
226 INT. GALLEY / STAIRWELL
227 INT. E-DECK CORRIDORS
228 DOUBLE DOORS BLAST OPEN.
229 INT. STAIRWELL
230 EXT. BOAT DECK, STARBOARD SIDE
231 EXT. BOAT DECK, PORT SIDE / ROOF OF OFFICERS' QUARTERS
233 INT. STAIRWELL
234 EXT. BOAT DECK, STARBOARD SIDE
235 INT. FIRST CLASS SMOKE ROOM
236 EXT. BOAT DECK AND VARIOUS LOCATIONS THE HYMN PLAYS OVER THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE:
237 A seaman pulls off his lifebelt and catches up to Captain Smith as he walks to the bridge.
238 IN THE FIRST CLASS SMOKING ROOM Andrews stands like a statue.
239 IN CAL'S PARLOR SUITE water swirls in from the private promenade deck.
240 DOWNANGLE on the two figures lying side by side, fully clothed, on a bed in a FIRST CLASS CABIN.
241 IN A STEERAGE CABIN somewhere in the bowels of the ship, the young IRISH MOTHER, seen earlier stoically waiting at the stairs, is tucking her two young children into bed.
EXT. BOAT DECK / BRIDGE
242 IN A WIDE SHOT we see a wave travel up the boat deck as the bridge house sinks into the water.
243 ON THE PORT SIDE Collapsible B is picked up by water.
244 IN COLLAPSIBLE A Cal sits next to the wailing child, whom he has completely forgotten.
245 CAPTAIN SMITH, standing near the wheel, watches the black water climbing the windows of the enclosed wheelhouse.
246 Collapsible A is hit by a wave as the bow plunges suddenly.
247 WALLACE HARTLEY sees the water rolling rapidly up the deck toward them.
248 EXT. A-DECK AFT, PORT SIDE
249 EXT. FORWARD FUNNEL
250 NEARBY: Fabrizio is drawn up against the grating of a STOKEHOLD VENT as water pours through it.
251 EXT. A-DECK / B-DECK / WELL DECK, AFT
252 EXT. FORWARD FUNNEL
253 INT. BOAT DECK FOYER / GRAND STAIRCASE
255 INT. BELOWDECKS
256 EXT. STERN
257 As the bow goes down, the STERN RISES.
260 EXT. STERN
261 THE PROPELLERS are twenty feet above the water and rising faster.
262 JACK AND ROSE make it to the stern rail, right at the base of the flagpole.
INT. SHIP-- VARIOUS
As the ship tilts further everything not bolted down inside shifts.
263 CUPBOARDS burst open in the pantry showering the floor with tons of china. A PIANO slides across the floor, crashing into a wall. FURNITURE tumbles across the Smoking Room floor.
264 ON THE A-DECK PROMENADE passengers lose their grip and slide down the wooden deck like a bobsled run, hundreds of feet before they hit the water.
265 AT THE STERN the propellers are 100 feet out of the water and rising.
266 SWIMMERS LOOK UP and see the stern towering over them like a monolith, the propellers rising against the stars.
267 AT THE STERN RAIL a man jumps
EXT. TITANIC / BOAT 6
268 TRACKING SLOWLY IN on Ruth as the sounds of the dying ship and the screaming people come across the water.
269 REVERSE / HER POV: IN A WIDE SHOT we see the spectacle of the Titanic, her lights blazing, reflecting in the still water.
270 INT. ENGINE ROOM
271 EXT. TITANIC
WIDE SHOT. The lights go out all over the ship.
272 EXT. BOAT DECK
273 INT. ENGINE ROOM
274 EXT. TITANIC - NIGHT
275 - ?
276 - ?
277 - ?
278 IN A HIGH SHOT, we see the stern descend into the boiling sea.
279 EXT. OCEAN / UNDERWATER AND SURFACE
280 Jack rises INTO FRAME F.G. kicking hard for the surface... holding tightly to Rose, pulling her up.
281 AT THE SURFACE: a roiling chaos of screaming, thrashing people.
283 EXT. OCEAN
284 EXT. COLLAPSIBLE A / OCEAN
285 EXT. OCEAN
286 EXT. LIFEBOATS / OCEAN
287 IN BOAT ONE: Sir Cosmo and Lucile Duff-Gordon sit with ten other people in a boat that is two thirds empty.
288 EXT. OCEAN
289 EXT. LIFEBOATS / OCEAN - NIGHT
290 EXT. OCEAN / BOAT 14
291 EXT. OCEAN
292 IN THE BOAT Lowe hears nothing behind him.
293 ROSE struggles to move.
294 IN BOAT 14 Lowe whips around at the sound of the whistle.
295 INT. IMAGING SHACK / KELDYSH
296 EXT. LIFEBOATS / OPEN SEA - PRE-DAWN
297 - ?
298 EXT. LIFEBOATS / OPEN SEA - DAWN
299 EXT. LIFEBOATS / OCEAN / CARPATHIA MONTAGE - DAY
300 EXT. DECK / CARPATHIA - DAY
301 ANGLE ON ROSE, at the railing of the Carpathia, 9 pm April 18th.
302 LATER CARPATHIA DISCORGES THE SURVIVORS at the Cunard pier, Pier 54.
303 INT. IMAGING SHACK / KELDYSH
305 EXT. OCEAN FLOOR / TITANIC WRECK
306 EXT. KELDYSH DECK
307 EXT. KELDYSH STERN DECK
308 IN THE BLACK HEART OF THE OCEAN, the diamond sinks, twinkling end over end, into the infinite depths.
309 INT. ROSE'S CABIN / KELDYSH
310 THE WRECK OF TITANIC looms like a ghost out of the dark.
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