The Sticking Place

Elia Kazan’s 1954 film On the Waterfront was one of Mackendrick’s favourite films to use in the classrooms of the California Institute of the Arts. Here for a compilation of Mackendrick’s handouts on the film, which includes a step outline, a character relationship map of the film, and notes on staging and camera coverage of various scenes (including the famous sequence in the taxi cab). On the Waterfront is an especially interesting film to study in terms of story structure and shooting/editing patterns. As screenwriter
Budd Schulberg explained in an interview with William Baer, when discussing the final lines spoken by Lee J. Cobb’s character, at the end of the film:

Those ‘‘I’ll be back’’ lines are a very good example of how film editing can manipulate
a motion picture. For instance, at the end of the picture, if instead of that medium shot
on Lee Cobb, the camera moved right up to him – and Kazan did shots like that – right up
on his face saying, ‘‘I’ll be back, I’ll be back, and I’ll remember every one of you!,’’ and the
film ended that way, then you’d have a very different movie. That’s what the audience
would leave with. But if it ends ‘‘I’ll be back, I’ll be back, I’ll remember every one of you!’’
And then the camera swings past Cobb to Edie and Father Barry, and then cuts to Brando,
and the music comes up, then it’s a whole different ending – and a whole different movie.