This month's post is a special guest post courtesy of Ben Vanaman, Story Analyst for Fox Filmed Entertainment. Ben has over two decades of experience in story analysis and can be found on twitter @benvanaman
Three act dramatic structure, which dates back to Aristotle, is still the model that Hollywood studio executives and story departments use to evaluate filmed content. And Syd Field’s 1979 book “Screenplay, the Foundations of Screenwriting” is still considered by most entertainment industry insiders to be “the Bible” of how to write a successful screenplay utilizing the three act structure.
Standard screenplay length for a two hour movie is one hundred twenty pages. This means that each page of a screenplay equals one minute of screen time. To get a sense of the story’s pace, one minute of reading time per page is perhaps desirable. Generally, Act One is the first thirty pages of a screenplay, or thirty minutes of screen time; Act Two is the next sixty pages/minutes; Act Three is the last thirty pages/minutes.
Content Creation Out of Necessity Or How I Accidentally Stumbled into a Career in New Media on Purpose
I’ve always considered myself an entertainer.
The first signs of which manifested itself at age 6 when I would grab the nearest candlestick and lip-sync the opening to Perfect Strangers on top of a coffee table to a disinterested party of my mother. Perhaps it was this lack of audience or lack of talent that led me to pursue acting after graduating college but I knew that itch to entertain was still there and could not be ignored.
In 2001 I moved back to my home town of Hermosa Beach, CA and enlisted the game-plan you’ve heard all too often:
The goal was obvious: be discovered as a great artist and then watch the money, power, and women pile up.
This was not my story.
And it probably isn’t going to be yours either.