Film Noir Plot and
Story Structure

How to write a Noir!
Three Act Structure
Act I: Set up
Act II: Struggle
Act III: Resolution
Act I

Act II

Act III
PROBLEM
HIDDEN PROBLEM
CONFUSION
DOUBLE-CROSS
PROBLEM
Usually a crime that needs
investigating
– it happens early in the story
– it changes everything
– it drives the s...
HIDDEN PROBLEM
Often the motivation for the
crime
– it is not clear at the
beginning of the story
– is revealed at the end...
CONFUSION
Confusing surrounding
circumstances
– red herrings
– blind alleys
– false starts
– plot twists
– INTRIGUE, MYSTR...
DOUBLE-CROSS
A pre-meditated double-cross
– usually by the Femme
Fatale
– in some cases the doublecross is anticipated and...
Three Act Structure

Act I: Set up
What is the main problem
and how does it change
everything?
Three Act Structure
Act II: Struggle
What are difficulties faced in
solving the main problem?
What is the double-cross?
Three Act Structure

Act III: Resolution
How is the hidden problem
revealed?
004 film noir plot and story structure
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004 film noir plot and story structure
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Trouble is My Business: Introduction to Film Noir

004 Film Noir: Plot and Story Structure

A four PowerPoint set covering: Introduction to Film Noir, Characters and Themes, Place and Iconography, Plot and Story Structure. The course was supported by screenings of; The Rules of Film Noir (Documentary) and The Matese Falcon.

Largely stolen, ripped, copied, re-worked and edited from other sources these slide decks were produced to support an ESL Drama course on the topic of Film Noir. My apologies to those I have rampantly sampled but actually I feel I have drawn a number of sources together here to produce something which is more than the sum of its parts (fair use).

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  1. 1. Film Noir Plot and Story Structure How to write a Noir!
  2. 2. Three Act Structure Act I: Set up Act II: Struggle Act III: Resolution
  3. 3. Act I Act II Act III
  4. 4. PROBLEM HIDDEN PROBLEM CONFUSION DOUBLE-CROSS
  5. 5. PROBLEM Usually a crime that needs investigating – it happens early in the story – it changes everything – it drives the story onward...
  6. 6. HIDDEN PROBLEM Often the motivation for the crime – it is not clear at the beginning of the story – is revealed at the end of the story
  7. 7. CONFUSION Confusing surrounding circumstances – red herrings – blind alleys – false starts – plot twists – INTRIGUE, MYSTRY, SUSPENSE
  8. 8. DOUBLE-CROSS A pre-meditated double-cross – usually by the Femme Fatale – in some cases the doublecross is anticipated and countered
  9. 9. Three Act Structure Act I: Set up What is the main problem and how does it change everything?
  10. 10. Three Act Structure Act II: Struggle What are difficulties faced in solving the main problem? What is the double-cross?
  11. 11. Three Act Structure Act III: Resolution How is the hidden problem revealed?

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