SCRIPT TO SCREEN: FILMMAKERS, DARE SOMETHING DIFFERENT or "A 3-Act Structure Tale About 3-Act Structure Elements Called "3-Act Structure""
The 3-Act Structure rules Hollywood even though some think the 3-Act structure actually kills scripts. And as the cartoon demonstrates below in amusing and sarcastic fashion, the 3-Act structure is made up of elements that engage and entertain us while also being repetitive and derivative. So here's a challenge to all filmmakers, from indie newbies to hollywood bigshots, do you dare tell stories outside of the 3-Act structure?
Ok, you say, I'm down but what else is there outside of the 3-Act structure?
Well, my friend, that's where your creativity as a writer, director, producer and editor comes in. Plus the cojones to dare and even fail or get audience heads scratching. But if you want some suggestions for ideas well here are a few places to look:
- One way to start is by considering other options for narrative structures beyond just "linear narrative."
- Another suggestion for inspiration is to look to the East for non-Western dramatic structures such as Jo-ha-kyū and Kishōtenketsu.
- And finally be inspired by ideas and concepts we already have in the West such as what you find in experimental cinema, an African-American cyclical structure style as described in this academic paper, Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics and French actor/writer/dramatist Antonin Artaud's books.
The overabundance of sequels is nothing new. But why are they in theaters instead of in the secondary markets of Direct-to-DVD or VOD?
Nico Lang from Salon attempts an answer:
New Yorker“Finding Dory,” which is earning high marks from critics, would have been treated very differently by the Mouse House two decades ago. Like “Monsters University” and the poorly received “Cars 2,” it would have been a straight-to-video release.Click here for the full article.
Originally published by Salon, June 2016.
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