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The Three-Act Structure


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The Three-Act Structure

Three act structure. We're going to get into it more later, but I just want you to think about your own stories in terms of the three act structure. Um, act one is basically the character in the situation of the story, back to his complications in accessories, climax and resolution. Um, draw a diagram. You don't have to do it right this second, but I'm saying it's a good idea to draw a diagram of the three act structure, and it is act one, approximately thirty pages, act two, sixty pages, act three thirty pages that's, not exact. But the point is it show you the balance of the size of each one of these so it's important to think of your story in these terms, um, we will get into each act and how to plot it out. But it's a good idea to start off with a diagram and your whole story idea and just think about it in those terms. What would happen? Win?

Class Description

Screenwriting classes often either lean too heavily on theory or simply study the technical approach to writing without a greater context for its use, as if the act of screenwriting exists in a vacuum – it does not. In The Screenwriters Toolkit with Jim Uhls, you’ll learn both the nuts and bolts of the craft, as well as its relationship to getting your work read and ultimately produced.

Jim’s sceenwriting credits include the modern classic “Fight Club” the feature-film "Jumper" the NBC television film "Semper Fi" and the SyFy miniseries "Spin" In this class, he’ll share lessons from his extensive experience writing for Hollywood and the small screen. He’ll teach you how to develop better scripts, get traction for your projects, and navigate the complex professional landscape of script development.

You’ll learn about screenwriting form and content, including:

  • Vocabulary and formats
  • Dialogue vs silence
  • Adapting existing works for the screen
  • Genre-writing

Jim will also share essential insights on developing a career in screenwriting. You’ll learn:

  • The differences between writing for television and features
  • Who to work with: agents vs managers vs lawyers
  • How to obtain and manage projects of various sizes and contexts

The Screenwriters Toolkit is a comprehensive examination of screenwriting form, content, craft, and traffic. You’ll learn how to adapt your content to the size, genre, and desired professional result of the script while also learning about the best on-ramps for aspiring writers.