Saturday, February 5, 2011

Learning To Plot

I took these from SAVE THE CAT by Blake Snyder but worked in the estimated number of pages needed for a manuscript instead of a script. All part of me trying to plot a little before writing the whole blasted thing. The page numbers are fluid. For example, the mid-point doesn't necessarily have to be at page 200, just somewhere nearby.

ACT ONE
Pages 1 – 35: Set up/Theme – 6 Things That Need Fixing.
Pages 36 – 40: Catalyst
Pages 41 – 99: Debate (41-85) - Break (75) – B Story/Booster Rocket (85-99)

ACT TWO
Pages 100 – 199: New World - Fun and Games
Page 200 - Mid Point – False Victory
Pages 201 – 300: Bad Guys Close In
Page 300: Starts “All Is Lost” – False Defeat (The Whiff of Death)
Pages 301 – 359: Dark Night of The Soul

ACT THREE
Page 360: Break – Solutions to A & B Stories
Page 400: The End – The Opposite of The Beginning


(Breakdown
(False Victory or Defeat can be switched but not duplicated)
Each scene has conflict and emotional change.)