Three Act Structure
Three Act Structure MCA 276
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Three Act Structure A story o Main story o Surface facts o Physical things you see or observe o External B Story o Subtext o Emotional o Internal Show vs Tell o Action shows change, growth, thoughts, or feelings o The sequence of actions show growth or the opposite of growth o Escalation/de-escalation Main Elements o Main Characters Name Age Demographic information o Main character goals What do they want o Supporting characters Relationship to main character o Setting Where does it take place What environmental forces are at work “Story Logic” Rules of the world in which we are How does this world exist o Story setup Introduce the characters o Inciting Incident Where does the story start Does one incident set off the character in pursuit of their goals o Declarative statement Usually happens in the beginning What you say won’t happen, does happen o Plot Point 1 End of act one Takes story in new direction o Obstacles Bring in more supporting characters o Rising Action/Progress o Complications/Higher Stakes o Plot Point 2 End of act two Character gets what they want or don’t want Further complications End of A Story o Ending/Resolution Ties up all story threads Usually ending of B story