Focus on the main human emotions, ‘hope’, ‘fear’, ‘love’, ‘hate’.
– Will Smith
“Everything the character says should be the character’s line, what they want to say, not the writer.”
– Carl Iglesias
What makes a great script great, and what makes a terrible story terrible?
10 % The Setup. Introduce the hero (save the cat)
15% New Situation. Presented to an event
1/4 End of act one – The outer motivation
Act 2 Stage 3 Progress – Formulate a plan and the plan seems to work
MIDPOINT OF STORY
Makes a bigger comitment to the point
The point of no return
Stage 4: Complications and higher stakes
3/4 – end of act 2 – Major set-back.
Stage 5 – Final push, putting everything on the line
Stage 6 – Aftermath. New life after completing the journey.