How To Structure A Screenplay

   Posted by: Brent Toderash   in Writing Tips

Within the Three Acts there are six PLOT POINTS, or key events, that change or complicate the action.

CATALYST: Your story starts out in balance and the catalyst upsets the balance. This turmoil is what gives your story direction.

BIG EVENT: The event that changes the main characters life in a major way.

PINCH: Plot twist and point of no return for your main character, where motivation is strengthened and what they have to do is made perfectly clear.

CRISIS: Event forces the crucial decision for the lead character; typically where it seems all is lost.

SHOWDOWN: Also known as the climax; central character faces off against their opposition for the final time.

REALIZATION: Immediately after the showdown, may even begin during it. This is where it is apparent that your central character has grown, changed or realized something.

From WritingRoom :: How To Structure A Screenplay.

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