Act A major story section in a traditional Hollywood screenplay. The typical script consists of three acts. Act One introduces the main character and the central conflict, Act Two shows the main character trying to reach his or her goal, and then Act Three resolves that central conflict. While there are no set rules on structure, in a traditional 120-page script Act One would be approximately 30 pages long, Act Two would be around 60 pages, and Act Three would be about 30 pages.

Adaptation A screenplay based on an existing piece of literary material, such as a novel, short story, television show, or play.

Agent A person who represents a writer, director, actor, or other creative talent. The agent negotiates contracts and other business ...

Get FilmCraft: Screenwriting now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.