The plot structure involves the events of the story and the layout,
which determines if structure is exciting. It consists of specific
events in a movie and their position relative to one another. Good
structure means the right thing is happening at the right time. If
events lack interest, excitement, humor, logic, or relevance, or if
they occur in an order without creating suspense, surprise,
anticipation, curiosity, or a clear resolution, then structure is weak.
Structuring your story involves breaking plot up into three acts and
make use of specific structural devices.
The Three Acts
Act 1: To establish the setting, characters, situation and outer
motivation for hero (exposition)
Act 2: To Build the hurdles, obstacles, conflicts, suspense, pace,
humor, character development, and character revelations (peak)
Act 3: To Resolve everything, particularly the outer motivation and
conflict for the hero (resolution)
The three stages to the heroes outer motivation determine the three
acts of your screenplay.
The acts should conform to this formula: the ¼ - ½ - ¼ rule, that is to
say 50% of the pages in your screenplay should evenly divide between
act 1 and 3, while the other 50% for act 2. In episodic and TV movies,
leave the audience with a feeling of anticipation so they won’t change
channels during commercials rather than getting the commercial break to
correspond to the three acts. These are not actually labeled in your
screenplay as they serve only as theoretical brainstorming model only.
character must be introduced sometime early.
The protagonist is the good guy or hero, while the antagonist is the
bad guy or villain. Usually the protagonist is the central character,
but can go to antagonist
To make drama, create a strong central character with a powerful goal,
and then provide a strong opposition character who tries to stop the
central character from achieving the goal (conflict).