Every screenplay is about a protagonist who [does something]. That something is what we’ll call his (or her) quest or goal.
Is your movie about a guy who saves the Earth from mutant bedbugs? Well, saving the Earth is his quest.
Is your movie about basketball? Well, your protagonist’s quest is probably to win the State Championship or something like that.
At the First Turning-
You will always choose to have your protagonist embark on that quest. Unless your movie is about someone overcoming a sedentary lifestyle or something like that of course. Otherwise, your movie’s going to be rather boring. Change is always good in the world of film.
When someone asks you what your movie’s going to be about, what do you say to them? Right now, what’s your idea? In one sentence, what’s your film about?
I, obviously, have no idea what you just said. However… Whatever it was -
Is your screenplay idea about a guy who has to win back is girlfriend?
NEXT UP… THE GENRE!
So, what genre is your film going to fit into?
Every screenplay has a genre. What’s your’s?
Is your movie going to be about a group of bank robbers who rob a bank?
Well, robbing the bank is the quest or goal. They decided to rob the bank at the first turning-
It’s important that your protagonist choose to embark on their quest. You don’t want to have protagonists where things just happen to them. You want them to be proactive. For instance, you are watching a tennis match between two kids you’ve never met. Both are equally cute. The only information you have is this: One of the kids really wants to win, he’s been studying tennis since he was a little boy, reading tennis-
The other kid doesn’t really like tennis and is only playing for the prize-
Now, which one are you rooting for?
The one who wants to win, right?
Well, it’s the same thing here. The audience will root for your main-
So, the protagonist has to want something -
Here’s how you plan out your protagonist’s quest.
4. Take us on a roller-
6. At the second turning-
7. Your protagonist overcomes his internal-
9. Your protagonist succeeds (or fails) in his quest (but, at least, he is a better person now)
|No Writing Yet|
|The First Act|
|The Inciting Incident|
|The Supporting Cast|
|The First Turning-Point|
|The Second Act|
|The Love Story|
|Screenplay Page Counts|
|Everything is Looking Good!...|
|False-Victory or False-Defeat|
|The Pit of Despair|
|The Second Turning Point|
|The Third Act|
|All Is Not Lost|
|Wind It All Up|
|Wrapping Up Your Sub-Plots|
|The Final Battle|
|Actually Writing Your Script|
|Back to the Future|
|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them|
|T2 - Terminator 2|