The world of film is filled with comedy and drama, sci-fi and fantasy, thriller and romance, and everything in-between, but what many don’t realize is that nearly every film boils down to the same three-act structure. Novels and memoirs are different, based upon a less precise formula of inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement. But there’s a lot we can learn about general story structure by focusing on three-act film structure. This talk will explore what three-act film structure teaches us about how and why stories are constructed, and how these lessons can be incorporated into our own writing.
Join our very own Harrison Demchick and he teaches this topic for the Maryland Writers’ Association members of the Montgomery County Chapter on April 11, 2020 at 10:30 am via Zoom.
Three things this presentation will teach you are:
1.) How inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement are reflected in the precision of three-act screenplay structure.
2.) What the precise location of plot points in film, specifically points of no return, can teach us about building a story through the principle of cause and effect.
3.) Why the protagonist typically faces his lowest moment, sometimes called the all is lost moment, shortly before the climax in the third act—and why novels and memoirs can benefit from this approach as well.
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