To continue our screenplay-heavy blog entries, we continue with Douglas Eboch’s look at Act Two, which he calls The Wasteland. This is part one of a three part look examining the beginning, middle and end of Act Two.
From having written over 15 feature screenplays, I can tell you that Act Two is the most difficult.
When you have an idea for a script, you usually can foster an exciting Act One, because it’s the What If portion of your thought.
“What if, pre-World War II, an archeologist is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazi’s do?”
Your moment of inspiration, your idea can usually fill the 30 or so pages that make up the first Act. And, many original ideas come with some sort of potential ending, which makes up Act Three.
It’s the second Act where the “real” writing begins, where everything needs to be explored, obstacles identified and challenged, characters developed, some secrets revealed while others remain hidden.
Doug Ebloch, writer of Sweet Home Alabama, ponders the many challenges of making up a good Act Two, including Obstacles, Plots and Sub-Plots and Ups and Downs.
Check it out.