"So, you need to take your character on a journey, by establishing the dramatic premise, then roughly timing turning points in the story and in your main character.
- Page 1, a visual metaphor that defines the theme of the story.
- Page 3, a line of dialogue, or an action that directly pinpoints the theme of your story.
- About Page 10, establish the dramatic premise.
- At about Page 30, something extraordinary should happen that spins your character and story around 360 degrees and sends it off in another direction.
- At about page 45, foreshadow how your main character is going to be at the end of your story. Just a small action, something your character does to reveal this, like when Ryan meets Princess Anne and he is unafraid of her. From this point forward, you must have your main character creating all of the action. In other words, he/she must be pro-active in all events.
- At about Page 60, midpoint, you must show that about all is lost for your main character regardless of the new strength he/she is showing.
- By about Page 75, have your main character change the way he/she is trying to accomplish his/her goal.
- At about Page 90 of your screenplay, your main character should have a direct confrontation with the villain (villain represents evil in fiction) or antagonist (doesn’t necessarily represent evil so much as representing the opposing force to your main character’s goal).
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