What is Plot?• An arrangement of events to achieve a particular effect.
3 Act Structure p44 Joseph McBride Writing in Pictures p44 Joseph McBride Writing in Pictures Establishes theACT 1 Something Happens characters and situation The characters undergoAct 2 Conflict change A situation or a set of relationships undergoes development and usually some kind of resolution, though some films areAct 3 more ‘open’ in their endings. Not Resolution Everything has to be neatly tied up at the end.
ACT 1 ACT 2 ACT 3 Climax &Set Up Obstacles Vs Goal Resolution Plot Point Plot Point 1 2
Exposition• Strong opening.• Is it visual?• Set up a mystery/problem to be solved• Make sure there is a dilemma.• Build towards the first act/commercial break• Make sure you have a hook to keep viewers watching.
Act 1• How will you open at a place that creates a hook?• Themes introduced• Is there a problem• What takes us into act 2?
Act 2• Are there plenty of internal & external obstacles• Does it have a sense of build• Crisis taking us into act 3
Plot Problems• Redundant scenes• Plots without tension. This happens when story is resolved too soon, too many explanations etc.• Scenes where characters behave inconsistently or make idiotic decisions• Unsympathetic characters• Scenes with lots of incidents, but no story development.
Act 3• Pay Off - Goal achieved or failed• What happens in the end• Sense of resolution• Themes covered