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3 Act Story Structure
25 - 30min
Inciting Incident :
Catalyst. Call to adventure. Lead has a problem to solve.
Refusing Call To Action
Our lead refuses call to action. Avoids doing something about a problem. Or prepares to take action.
ACT 1 Climax // Plot Point #1
As a result of this moment our main character decides to take on the problem. Big, distinct and or memorable. In an action film this would be a set piece or a big action sequence.
CONFRONTATION / RISING ACTION
45 - 60min
New characters :
Introduce new characters.
Sub Plot #1
Introduce a new sub plot.
Part A : Fun and Games
Hero learns new skills and abilities. Usually find montages here.
Major shift in the dynamic of the story. i.e : The main character has a major success, a devastating failure or a powerful revelation. eg : Something goes disastrously wrong or someone close to the hero dies. In a love story this where the couple would have sex for the first time.
Part B : Bad Guys Close In
We raise the stakes. Ratchet at the conflict and tension. If the first half of Act 2 was about rising to victory, then the second half would be about falling to defeat. If the bad guys were defeated at the midpoint, this is where they regroup and come back stronger. Your here faces extreme conflict internally and externally. In romance films this is where the couple's relationship start falling apart. Everything that happens here is building to the second plot point.
All Is Lost :
All is lost moment = Physical loss. Dark night of the soul = How the character emotionally feels about the loss. Eg : Girlfriend gets kidnapped. The mentor dies. Headquarters gets blown up.
Pep Talk :
Our hero gets a pep talk from their love interest or someone close to them. This is usually where the main plot and sub plot merge.
ACT 2 Climax // Plot Point #2
Main character comes up with a big idea or comes up with a plan to solve a problem or defeat the bad guy. The AAHAAA moment.
15 - 30min
Conflict and tension is at it's highest. Hero has overcome ridiculous odds in order to be successful.
Revelation or false death.
The big fight. The final car chase. The moment the hero says "I love you" to the girl. The most exciting moment in the movie.
Happy ending or a tragedy. Answer any final questions. Wrap up any loose ends. Give the audience relief. A moment to wind down after the roller-coaster ride.