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Lecture 6: The Spring Releases!

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Lecture 6: The Spring Releases!

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  1. Lecture 6:The Spring Releases! Professor Christopher Bradley Poltergeist (1982) Screenplay by Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais & Mark Victor Based on a story by Steven Spielberg

  2. Previous Lesson The Mini-Crisis. This crisis takes your story directly into the climax of the act. Poltergeist (1982) Screenplay by Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais & Mark Victor Based on a story by Steven Spielberg

  3. In this Lesson The climactic moment of your first act Moving into the second act Poltergeist (1982) Screenplay by Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais & Mark Victor Based on a story by Steven Spielberg

  4. Your First Act Climax The Wizard of Oz (1939) Screenplay by Noel Langley and Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf Lesson 4: Part I

  5. Remember! • Every scene should up the stakes, increase the pressure and ask more and more of your characters! The Wizard of Oz (1939) Screenplay by Noel Langley and Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf

  6. Your First Act Climax • A screenplay, an act in a screenplay and every scene in a screenplay has a climactic moment and a moment of resolution. • The climax of your first act should introduce a level of pressure on your protagonist such that he or she MUST come up with a plan, they MUST act.

  7. First Act Climaxes: Example Star Wars (1977) Screenplay by George Lucas

  8. First Act Climaxes: Example The Wizard of Oz (1939) Screenplay by Noel Langley and Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf

  9. First Act Climaxes: Example • Please pause the lecture and watch the clip from Poltergeist.

  10. First Act Climaxes: Example American Beauty (1999) Screenplay by Alan Ball • Please pause the lecture and watch the clip from American Beauty.

  11. The First Act Resolution • The events of Act 1 force the character to take action in the climactic moment. • After the climax, there is a moment of resolution. • Then your characters move literally or figuratively into a NEW WORLD. The Wizard of Oz (1939) Screenplay by Noel Langley and Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf

  12. Assignments American Beauty (1999) Screenplay by Alan Ball Lesson 6: Part II

  13. E-Board Post • Post the next 15 pages of your First Act, including the Mini-Crisis, the Climax of the act and a short resolution. • You should also be re-writing your earlier pages based on the feedback you received and realizations you’ve had as you to write! 13

  14. End of Lecture 6 Next Lecture: The Plan and the Teams American Beauty (1999) Screenplay by Alan Ball