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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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### 004 film noir plot and story structure

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?