Almost every successful story can be summed up into three acts (not to be confused with the beginning middle and end), creating a full story arch that captivates an audience.
Summarize each act of the three-act structure and explain what its role in the story is.
Act 1: The Confrontation
This act introduces the characters, their setting, and the conflict. It must also present a sharp hook, an exciting scene that draws the audience in early into the movie.
Act 1 can be broken into four stages:
Act 2: The Initiation
This act is the longest and can be the hardest to write. This is because, after the rush of producing the story in act 1, the screenwriter is left feeling like they are without plot elements to introduce.
Act 2 can be broken into five stages:
Act 3: The Return
Act 3 is the shortest of the three acts. It presents the final confrontation and introduces a denouncement. The conclusion will usually follow shortly after.
Act 3 can be broken into two stages: