Dramatic Elements and Act Structure
Dramatic Elements in a Story
A useful artistic resource for film writers is the inclusion of dramatic elements established by Greek playwrights to heighten the effectiveness of a script: inciting action, complication, crisis, climax, reversal, and denouement.
• Inciting Action: event at the beginning of the story that forces your lead characters to move into action. It's the point of attack.
• Complication: occurs when your character tries to deal with a conflict and faces unforeseen obstacles.
• Crisis: a dramatic conflict that builds story momentum as your character faces enormous odds against achieving his or her goal.
• Climax: peaks the story as your character confronts the most fateful consequences ...