Do I Need to Know the Act Breaks in a Movie?

The Princess Bride

“I’m from Poland. Sorry, for my English. I read your article about Arrival after seeing the movie. I was wondering about three-act structure of this movie. Could you tell me in which minute – in your opinion – are the act breaks for act I, II and III? I’m have a trouble to do this. For me:

I act ends at 41 min – after Louise return from the spaceship – “kangaroo” scene

II act = 92 min – after they get in contact with aliens

III act is about stopping China from attack on aliens

What do you think?

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How to Use Story to Make Great Video

 

If you weren’t in New York last week, you missed a great Video Conference and Festival thrown by Vimeo.

Lots of great seminars and workshops at the sold-out event.  I spoke on Saturday– if you couldn’t make it, here are the cliff notes– plus a whole bunch of links for further reading on story:

How to Use Story:  10 Points from Steve Stockman’s Workshop @VIMEO Festival

June 9, 2012

1.  Entertain or Die:  Nobody watches bad video.  There are too many instantly available alternatives. Remember the Entertainment Transaction:  The audience pays (with time or money) the entertainment must … Read the rest

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