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Television and Screen Writing, 4th Edition by Richard A Blum

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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 ...

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