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Elements of a Story


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Elements of a Story

  1. 1. Elements of Story
  2. 2. Plot: Three Act Structure
  3. 3. Act One <ul><li>The Beginning </li></ul><ul><li>The Set Up </li></ul><ul><li>Main characters, story ’s general mood is set, physical time and place established </li></ul><ul><li>Inciting Incident </li></ul><ul><li>Event that sets the plot of the film in motion. Approximately halfway through the first act. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Plot: Three Act Structure
  5. 5. Act Two <ul><li>Establishes Conflict </li></ul><ul><li>Main character faces obstacles that prevent them from achieving his dramatic need. </li></ul><ul><li>Rising Action </li></ul><ul><li>First Culmination: main character is close to achieving goal, then everything falls apart. </li></ul><ul><li>Midpoint: halfway through where main character reaches lowest point and seems farthest from fulfilling goal </li></ul><ul><li>Turning Point </li></ul><ul><li>Plot peak with highest tension where opposites face off in physical or emotional action. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Plot: Three Act Structure
  7. 7. Act Three <ul><li>The Resolution </li></ul><ul><li>Conflict is resolved </li></ul><ul><li>Climax (Second Culmination) </li></ul><ul><li>The point at which the plot reaches its maximum tension and the forces in opposition confront each other at a peak of physical or emotional action. </li></ul><ul><li>Falling Action </li></ul><ul><li>Action that occurs as a direct result of the turning point </li></ul>
  8. 8. Plot: Three Act Structure