Wednesday, June 20, 2012

12-Step Screenwriting: Week 4 - First Act Turning point

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

This is the fourth 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 most important elements to have in the second half of your first act, up to the first act turning 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 three months time, a lot of you will be reporting back with completed screenplays.

1 comment:

  1. I've heard and read about the inciting incident and turning point so many times but always got them mashed together in my head. Ironically I managed to actually create both in my first script at their appropriate points,but I think this was by accident or instinct based on what I've seen occur in movies.
    Yet, this little clip is the first time the light bulb really came on about the differences between the two.

    Breaking down BTTF is perfect for my style of learning. Thanks BSR