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The Myth of 3 Act Structure w / Jacob Krueger

Registration ended: 08/20/2016
Class Begins: 08/20/2016   Ends: 08/20/2016
Class Time: 10:00 am - (PDT)
FEE: FREE Registration Expired

When you're beginning a new project, it's not exactly groundbreaking news that your story is going to need a beginning, middle and an end. The real challenge is figuring out how to structure your story in a way that captures the essence of your character's journey.


Trying to use three act structure to create the story of your movie is like trying to sprint through a marathon. You may start off strong, but by the time you hit the middle of the story, you'll most likely be running out of steam. The plot starts to feel external, manufactured, predictable or diffuse. The ideas just aren't coming anymore. Or you find yourself spinning off in all kinds of directions that take you away from your main character and the story you were telling.


This is a common malady. It's called "getting lost in the second act." And it's the biggest challenge for most screenwriters.


That's why Jacob Krueger came up with Seven Act Structure.


Seven Act Structure is not for producers. It's not for critics, or professors, or development executives.


Seven Act Structure is for writers.


Seven Act Structure is a new way of looking at structure from a character's perspective, allowing you to break down the character's change into manageable chunks, and to give yourself a structure you can actually use.


It allows you to build a structure that serves your unique story, and your unique voice, without falling back on the tired old formulas.


Because of the unique "engine" built into the structure, it's impossible to run out of steam. It keeps your focus where it should be, on your main character.


And best of all, it lines up perfectly with a studio's "3 Act" expectations, so you can build your screenplay organically in a way that serves you as a writer, and still deliver it in a form that pleases agents, managers and producers.



What's wrong with three act structure and other formulas, and why writers using them tend to get lost in the second act.


The principles of WGA Paul Selvin Award Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger's Seven Act Structure, and how you can use it find your character's journey organically.


Why most great movies tend to have Seven Acts, whether the writers are aware of it or not.


How to create a structure that works for your movie, while still conforming to Hollywood's expectations.


How theme, hook and structure can work together to create a movie you can sell...without selling your soul.


How to identify existing elements in your script that can become the basis of your structure, by getting back in touch with the impulses that drew you to the story in the first place.


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