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Beginning Feature Film Writing: Act II & III

At a Glance

  • Avoid losing momentum after your first act with feedback and guidance from an industry pro
  • Learn valuable techniques that will ensure your audience is rivetted through the last two acts
  • Empower yourself to power through the second (and third) acts without getting stuck
Act Ones of promising scripts sit in desk drawers all around the world because writers run out of steam when they try to tackle Act Two. Two is to generate suspense. Why? Because Act Two is tough to write. Those in the film industry often criticize scripts by referring to “the second act slump,” “the second act blahs,” or more directly, “the second act snooze.” Act Two has to payoff the promises made in Act One as well as make promises that will be paid off in Act Three. Now, Act Three? That’s another task altogether! This workshop is designed to pick up where Beginning Feature Film Writing left off. If you are working your way to a completed screenplay, this is the next step. In this workshop, you will receive practical instruction on how to construct a thrilling Act Two and a satisfying Act Three.

This workshop is offered in two formats. The budget-friendly On Demand option (which is for sale here) gives you the option to work on the same great Beginning Feature Film Writing materials as the Online option, only without instructor feedback. You'll immediately receive our comprehensive course in PDF format, which provides instructions and exercises on specific skills you will need to succeed as a feature film writer. You can purchase the On Demand option here. To get the Online option with instructor feedback and online discussions with other students, please click here.

Please note: Beginning Feature Film Writing is NOT a prerequisite for this course.

In this online writing course you will learn:

  • How a protagonist is driven by both external and internal motivations
  • Techniques on how to keep audiences engaged through the longer Act Two
  • How to use misdirection to add conflict for your protagonist
  • How to engage genre conventions in order to create a satisfying Act Three
  • How to write unexpected and fulfilling endings

Course Outline

Session 1: Throwing Stones: An Overview of What Act 2 Must Do

  • Increase stakes.
  • Decrease protagonist’s ability to accomplish goal.
  • Complicate theme.

Session 2: When the Plot Hits the Fan: Complicating the Core Plot Conflict

  • The Ticking Bomb.
  • Misdirection Conflicts.
  • Core Conflicts.
  • Act Two “cliffhangers.”

Session 3: Crying on the Inside: Complicating Character Conflicts

  • The differences between internal and external conflicts.
  • Making the conflicts more personal to increase stakes.
  • Exploiting character flaws to increase suspense.
  • Conflict leads to choice that reveals character.
  • The “leap of faith” moment.

Session 4: The Final Payoff: An Overview of What Act 3 Must Do

  • Thematic resolution.
  • Plot resolution.
  • Final plot twists.
  • Genre conventions.
  • Climactic payoff scene.

Session 5: Confronting Demons: The Core Plot Payoff

  • Selecting the appropriate setting for the climax.
  • Making the climax inevitable yet unpredictable.
  • Avoiding ending clichés.

Session 6: What Do You Think You’re Doing: The Character Payoff

  • Completing the character arc.
  • Understanding character motivation. Good death, bad death.
  • What the last scene should do.

Product Details

  • Date available: 06/23/2014
  • Publication date: 06/23/2014
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

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