A year before “Stripes” was released, Goldie Hawn produced and starred in “Private Benjamin”, a film about a spoiled woman who only ever wanted to be rich and married, and finds herself widowed on her wedding night. Vulnerable and confused about what she’s getting herself into, she joins the military and learns to rely on herself.
You did it! If you’ve been with me for the past two weeks then today is the last day to knock out your outline (or beat sheet or draft).
We’re so close to the end, you guys! Today we work on the sequence that can make or break your film.
To this day, I think this may be the sequence that writers struggle with the most. Why do writers struggle with it so much? Because they want to rush through it to get to the big moment!
Time to go back and rework your act two! We’re almost done you guys! Just a few short days and you’ll have a full script outline that is just one draft away from being ready for initial reads!
The False Climax / Low Point starts with the protagonist(s) appearing to achieve their goal or about to achieve it. That dream goal will then come crashing down in the climax, which is the Low Point.
What defines a second reversal is the protagonist losing sight of themselves and, in response, their closest confidant. I knew I wanted to include “Sorry to Bother You” in these breakdowns, and this sequence felt like the perfect opportunity.
One of two things will happen in the Midpoint of a film. Either the introduction of a new character, or the introduction of a new situation. In this film, we’re introduced to the antagonist. Most films will use this moment to introduce a love interest, but not “Knives Out”…
To kick off Act Two, I thought it’d be best to look at both the Progress and First Reversal sequences. Today we’ll look at “D2: The Mighty Ducks”, because no one knows how to show progress like a good sports training montage.
This is it. This sequence is the moment that your audience showed up to see. In the Pre-Existing Life (sequence one) we established who your character is and what they want. In the Inciting Incident (sequence two), something happened to get in their way. Now, something is going to happen that will push your protagonist to make a decision that drives the whole movie.