Three Act Structure
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This guide is how to outline the typical cinematic plot structure, consisting of three acts of two to four parts each.
Introduction of the Character
Introduction of the Setting
The Turning Point
The main character(s) will make an irrevocable decision that changes their lives forever. This decision can be made on the heels of a dramatic event caused by an NPC or faction.
The Subplot is used to flesh out the universe and/or the main plot details.
The Love Interest
The Love Interest is not necessarily a romantic love, it can be a friendship, comrade, or love of something intangible. The main hook here is a love is highlighted for the main characters, which can be used to fuel the plot with loss or betrayal.
The "shift": where the victims become the heroes or the heroes become victims.
Execution of the initial plan should result in failure and highlight what went wrong. Act II should end with feelings of despair and hopelessness.
Success should highlight what the characters did right and what they have learned to achieve victory.
Consolidates the structure into Introduction -> Turing Point -> Plan -> Midpoint -> Execution -> Trying again and succeeding.
Follows the Act structure more closely, introduces the love interest and sub plots elements.