We’ve now reached the point in our course where we must write our own screenplay for a single camera drama. But what is it that makes the audience captivated and involved with the on-screen journey you will take them on? How do we get the audience to care about what is happening to these characters?
NB: A story can have movement without change BUT you cannot have change without movement!
Conflicts, Hooks and well developed characters are generally what make a good story.
Most screenplays follow a simple three-act structure:
- The First act is the Set up (an introduction to the location and the characters)
- The Second is the confrontation ( the characters face an obstacle)
- The Final is the resolution ( a climax and then tying up all the loose knots – resulting in a new equilibrium )