Do you let your main-
Eventually, though, you’re going to have to give him a glimmer of hope. A little ray of sunshine that portends that the quest isn’t actually over.
There’s still a chance!…
Remember how we were talking about making sure your screenplay was filled with ups and downs? How, every time something good happens to your protagonist, you should probably have something bad coming just around the corner? Well, it’s the same thing here. Right after everything looks bleakest -
The Second Turning-
What do you do now?
the audience) a ray of hope! Right after you show the audience that the quest is impossible -
Whatever goes up -
You’ve got to give your protagonists hope. Because if you aren’t giving the protagonist hope, you aren’t giving the audience any hope either.
You’ve probably dreamed about being rich. So, it would be tempting to write a screenplay about a main-
But, would you want to watch that movie?
No. Humans might love to rubber-
In films, we want to see characters that overcome adversity, not ones who never experience it! We want to see characters who are tragically unlucky, not perennially lucky.
Now, of course, one of you smart-
He wins the lottery every time he plays it. Beautiful women literally fall all over themselves to sleep with him. A series of hilarious coincidences lead him on a crazy adventure. But… His luck doesn’t work on the girl he loves. Nothing works on her. He tries everything and it’s not enough.
He ends up having to trick her into dating him! Everything goes well -
Look at how good a story you can come up with -
I should take a minute now to mention that…
You don’t have to write your script exactly the way I’m telling you! I’m trying to be as vague as possible, so my advice fits pretty much any story imaginable. You don’t have to put all these scenes in exactly the same place I’m putting them. There’s a lot of leeway.
You don’t have to do everything I’m telling you.
But, if you aren’t going to heed my advice and you decide to break the rules -
So, don’t look at your script and think something’s wrong because you don’t have a Pit of Despair or because your First Turning Point comes at page 10. If it works -
That being said…
If your first turning-
If you don’t have a first or second turning-
Try to aim for at least 80% of what you’re learning here -
100 years of Hollywood history has shown us that this story-
On this website, I’m teaching you about the equivalent of what you’d learn in a top-