Three Act Movie Screenplay Structure

Three Act Movie Screenplay Structure, by John Halas

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

The Great Idea

Skeleton of the Outline

Logline

Examples of Loglines

Critical Characters : Protagonist & Antagonist Conflict

First Goal – Plot Point One

Second Goal – Plot Point Two

Third and Final Goal – Story Resolution

The Synopsis

Overview of the Eight Sequences

Begin and End Scenes with Conflict

The Eight Sequences in Detail

Back to the Future

Act 1 Sequence 1: Back to the Future

Act 1 Sequence 2: Back to the Future

Act 2 Sequence 3: Back to the Future

Act 2 Sequence 4: Back to the Future

Act 2 Sequence 5: Back to the Future

Act 2 Sequence 6: Back to the Future

Act 3 Sequence 7: Back to the Future

Act 3 Sequence 8: Back to the Future

The Goonies

Act 1 Sequence 1: The Goonies

Act 1 Sequence 2: The Goonies

Act 2 Sequence 3: The Goonies

Act 2 Sequence 4: The Goonies

Act 2 Sequence 5: The Goonies

Act 2 Sequence 6: The Goonies

Act 3 Sequence 7: The Goonies

Act 3 Sequence 8: The Goonies

Jaws

Act 1 Sequence 1: Jaws

Act 2 Sequence 2: Jaws

Act 2 Sequence 3: Jaws

Act 2 Sequence 4: Jaws

Act 2 Sequence 5: Jaws

Act 2 Sequence 6: Jaws

Act 3 Sequence 7: Jaws

Act 3 Sequence 8: Jaws

Writing a Screenplay