This Lent we’re going to look at salvation history from a completely different perspective.
When you look at the chronological events that capture the scope of salvation history, from Genesis to Revelations, it’s easy to look at how things unfolded and lose sight of the intricacy and specific divine purpose for each of those events.
However, when you look at salvation history from a screenwriter’s perspective, many things become crystal clear.
We’ve talked a lot on this blog about screenplay structure and screenplay format. Every character and every scene has a purpose. Every prop, obstacle and accomplishment drive toward the end of the story. Every word on every page of a screenplay has to be there for a reason.
Because of this, a screenwriter MUST know the end of the story before they begin writing. Nothing is wasted and it all drives toward the resolution of the story.
Here’s the basic screenplay structure is this:
ACT ONE (Pgs 1-30)
- Pgs 1-10 (Opening): Audience decides whether they like a movie or not.
- Pgs 11-30: Establish the world of the protagonist.
- Plot Point One (Pg 30): A major event occurs that completely changes the path of the protagonist and starts them on their journey.
ACT TWO (Pgs 31-90)
- Pgs 31-60: The new path is established and obstacles faced.
- Mid-Point (Pg 60): A major event occurs that propels the protagonists further down their current path.
- Pgs 61-90: This mid-point propels the protagonist to face more challenges and obstacles.
- Plot Point 2 (Pg 90): A major event occurs that completely changes the path of the protagonist and propels them toward the climax of the story.
ACT THREE (Pgs 90-120)
- Pgs 91-110: All of the clues and hints in Acts One and Two come to fruition in Act Three.
- Pgs 110-120: The climax. The resolution. The end of the story.
In a screenplay, a writer will add certain things in the beginning of the story so you can appreciate the value of an event or decision at the end of the story.
For example, in Jaws, it’s established in Act One that Sheriff Brody has an intense fear of water. That’s in Act One so you understand, in Act Three, what he has to overcome when he’s forced to face the deadly shark in the middle of the ocean by himself.
Nothing is wasted. It all has a purpose.
Over the next six weeks we’ll be taking a look at at salvation history through the lens of a screenwriter where God is the Author of life and we, his people, are the protagonist.
Next time… Act One.