Doug Eboch finishes up his excellent series on the structure of the screenplay by focusing on the final piece of the puzzle, Act 3.
Act 3 is where everything comes together, where the gun shown in Act 1 finally gets used, or the witness in Act 2 turns into the primary suspect.
Act 3 is where everything you have been building toward finally reaches it’s climax.
In this entry, Eboch goes over the such important items as the Aftermath, the Epiphany, the Resolution and Denouement.
Studies have shown that within the first 10 minutes of a film, the audience will decide whether they like it or not. The last 10 minutes determine whether the audience will leave the theater satisfied or not.
For example, the end of Seven is devastating, but satisfying. You leave the theater emotionally drained and you end up thinking about it for weeks on end. Very few films leave such an indelible mark.
If you’ve missed Eboch’s previous entries, here are links to the rest of them:
It’s great the Eboch, a successful Hollywood screenwriter, has taken the time to share his insight into the craft of creating a screenplay. It’s blog entries like these that make me happy the internet exists.