Demystifying Act 2: Where GREAT Scripts Go To Thrive
Every story is a journey, every script a voyage.
With a departure in the First Act and a destination in the Final Act, that leaves Act 2 to be the actual JOURNEY in your journey.
Most of us come up with great ideas. Usually, it has a killer opening and a great ending, it’s all part of the concept and promise. When pitching we often reduce our ideas to that opening hook and the killer conclusion, forgetting that what elevates a great idea, into a truly world class screenplay is THE JOURNEY. The characters. How they interact. How the story is driven forward relentlessly and with momentum.
In essence, this is where the audience needs to continually ask (and excitedly)… ‘What TF is going to happen next?’
Maintaining this momentum and mystery, while exploring character arcs and themes, building plot, tensions and careening toward that satisfying conclusion is the heavy lifting of screenwriting. Make no mistake, this is where the hardest and greatest writing will need to take place.
Getting through the middle part of your script is notoriously challenging. “Act 2 is where good scripts go to die,” it is often said.
But buried within the challenge of the 2nd Act is a series of opportunities to enlighten, exposit, and entertain in unique and amazing ways… and again, to elevate your screenplay in the eyes of readers and producers.
We will demystify the elusive Act 2, giving you the tools to unlock its secrets and deliver on the promise of your great ideas.
Remember, execustion ALWAYS trumps ideas. Even the greatest ideas.
Six hour masterclass with exercises, learn at your own pace and rewatch for up to one year
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Judith Bunting // Screenwriter/Director
‘A fabulous course full of insight, wisdom and fun! Act 2 is by far the hardest part to write for me, and thanks to the course I don’t just feel more able to write it, but I also feel real excitement at the thought of putting what I have learnt into practice. It was practical, insightful and full of depth and knowledge. I also felt that there were some real nuggets of wisdom that just help with understanding stories full stop.’
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This class is run by screenwriter Bob Schultz. For more than 20 years, Bob has been training screenwriters , helping thousands of writers clarify their stories, reorganise their ideas and build confidence to bring the very best version of any writer, to the opportunities they create.