Story Crafting Printout - Template
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total lengh: Audio (Transcripts)Video (Gvs/Actuality)Notes/comments
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Act One1/4:
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introduce your characters and the problem or conflict
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often contains the “inciting incident” the event that gets everything rolling—although this event sometimes has already occurred when the story begins.
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“first turning point” which is somewhat smaller than the turning point that ends the act
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By the end of Act One, the audience knows who and what your story is about and, at least initially, what’s at stake.
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The first act drives to an emotional peak, the highest in the film so far, necessitating the action that launches the second
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Act Two2/4:
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story’s pace increases as com- plications emerge,
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unexpected twists
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and reversals take place,
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You need your second act to continue to build as new information and new stakes are woven into your story.
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The second act drives to an emotional peak even greater than at the end of Act One,
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Act Three1/4:
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As this act unfolds, the character is approaching defeat; he or she will reach the darkest moment just as the third act comes to a close.
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It intensifies
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That tension then pushes you into the resolution, those last moments where you resolve the stor
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tie up loose ends as necessary,
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and let your hero out of the tree.
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