Wednesday, June 27, 2012

12-Step Screenwriting: Week 5 - Mid-point

It's time for another episode of the Bitter Script Reader YouTube series!

This is the fifth chapter of a 12-part series designed to guide and motivate a writer to complete a screenplay within three months.  Recognizing that I had an opportunity to reach a new audience via YouTube, I decided to start with the basics.

This week's video covers the importance of a strong mid-point.

As you can see, this is back-to-basics information, but hopefully some of you will take up the challenge of completing a screenplay alongside the weekly lessons in this series.  I've done my best to minimize the jargon here.  So while at some point we'll be talking things like Act Breaks and Climaxes, but I won't ask you to commit things like "Fun & Games" to memory.

As always, it really helps me out to see some engagement with these videos, so please click through to the YouTube page, subscribe and leave a few comments there.  Feel free to embed these on your blogs, and if you find the tips useful, tweet about them or put the videos on your Facebook page.

I hope that in two months time, a lot of you will be reporting back with completed screenplays.  Has anyone been keeping up so far?


  1. What are your thoughts on the midpoint being a "false victory"? Where the Hero thinks they have the goal in the bag. Only for it to go south from that point until resolution.

  2. Love puppet screenwriter guy! So funny. And he's dropping knowledge bombs as well. :-)